- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014
Minnesota still investigating 3 priest abuse cases

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota prosecutor says he won’t file criminal charges in seven cases of alleged sexual misconduct involving eight Catholic priests, but St. Paul police are investigating three other cases.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says that one of the three still under investigation is likely to lead to prosecution, without giving details.

Of the other seven cases, the statute of limitations has expired on three. Two priests suspected in one case died, there was not enough evidence to prove one and investigators could not identify the suspects in the other two.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been under fire for its handling of such cases. It announced a settlement this week of a civil lawsuit over its failure to warn parishioners about an abusive priest.

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Minnesota officials revise state Ebola plans

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State officials say that they learned lessons from the Ebola diagnoses of two health care workers in Texas and that hospital systems in Minnesota are now revising their procedures for handling potential cases.

Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger said at a news conference Friday that Minnesota hospitals plan to identify, isolate and stabilize any patients with Ebola and then move them to designated hospitals with expanded capabilities for treatment.

“The situation in Texas has taught us a lot,” Ehlinger said. “We’ve understood that it’s really the health care workers that are at the greatest risk, so that has helped us in terms of our planning with the hospitals.”

The state nurses union earlier this week called for advanced protective gear for health care workers.

Initially, officials thought every hospital would be able to treat patients with the virus. Ehlinger said any Minnesota hospital could handle early cases of the virus, but the later, more infectious stages would be treated at specialized facilities.

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Hillary Clinton is Minnesota-bound to help Dayton

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is heading to Minnesota to raise money for fellow Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton

Clinton is set to headline a Thursday evening fundraiser in St. Paul for Dayton. Tickets for the dinner event at the St. Paul RiverCentre range from $150 to $2,500.

Former colleagues in the U.S. Senate, Dayton supported Clinton’s 2008 presidential candidacy and has said he would do so again. The first-term Democratic governor leads Republican challenger Jeff Johnson in public polling.

The possible 2016 presidential candidate is just the latest Democrat to stump for Dayton and U.S. Sen. Al Franken. Her visit comes on the heels of her husband’s own trip to Minneapolis earlier this month. Former President Bill Clinton headlined a get-out-the-vote rally for Dayton and Franken at the University of Minnesota.

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Beaten ex-football player Kolstad going home

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Former Minnesota State football player Isaac Kolstad is going home, five months after he was severely beaten in downtown Mankato.

Kolstad’s wife, Molly, posted on his CaringBridge site Friday that her husband was discharged from inpatient care.

The 24-year-old former Mavericks player has been in hospitals or inpatient rehabilitation since May 11, after he was punched and then kicked in the head.

KTOE-AM (https://bit.ly/1Fe2fUUhttps://bit.ly/1Fe2fUU ) reports Molly Kolstad says her husband is not done with therapy yet. She says he will continue occupational, physical and speech therapy at home.

Isaac Kolstad also plans to start using a special treadmill to retain his body to walk and run again, according to his wife.

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