- Associated Press - Sunday, June 21, 2015
A look at key archdiocese leaders, how they handled Wehmeyer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - When Archbishop John Nienstedt resigned last week as leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said he’d “allow the facts to lead the way” in his ongoing investigation into an alleged cover-up of sexual abuse.

Choi filed criminal charges against the archdiocese as a corporation this month, and hasn’t ruled out charges against individuals if evidence warrants. So far, that hasn’t happened.

“In a criminal investigation that’s being undertaken by someone as careful as John Choi, it’s very hard to guess what they are doing … because there’s a lot that goes on under the surface,” according to Mark Osler, a criminal law professor at the University of St. Thomas.

The initial charges could be a prelude to something more, or not: “A prosecutor is going to hold their cards pretty close to the vest,” Osler said.

The court documents list several instances in which church leaders missed opportunities to report information about Curtis Wehmeyer, 50, a former priest convicted in 2012 of molesting two boys.


St. Paul airman’s remains come home after 46 years

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The remains of a St. Paul airman have been returned to Minnesota, 46 years after his EC-47 aircraft plunged into a Laotian jungle during the Vietnam War.

A Delta Air Lines plane carrying the remains of Maj. Robert Olson arrived at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Saturday. Olson’s widow, Mary Kay, and four of their five children watched an Air Force major carry Olson’s remains from the plane, place the urn inside a hearse and give Olson - who was known as Bob - one more salute.

Olson, then 32, was one of 10 airmen killed in the February 1969 crash. Unable to positively identify all the remains, officials buried them together at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Mary Kay Olson learned in September that DNA samples provided by the Olson family had produced a match good enough to identify her husband’s remains. She gave her children a choice of five cemeteries. Her children chose Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minnesota.

“This is about these people,” Mary Kay Olson told the Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1TFOqWshttps://strib.mn/1TFOqWs ), gesturing to her children. When their father disappeared, none of the children was older than 9. They all wondered where he was.


Minnesota trucker charged in fatal hay bale crash

HOUSTON, Minn. (AP) - A truck driver from southeastern Minnesota faces misdemeanor charges after a hay bale fell from his semitrailer and hit a pickup, killing the couple inside.

Forty-nine-year-old Randall Hongerholt of Houston, Minnesota, is charged with careless driving, failure to secure his load, a wide-load permit violation and not having insurance. A court appearance is scheduled for July 14.

The Minnesota State Patrol says several large bales of hay toppled off the semi on March 7 near Houston. One bale struck a pickup carrying a local couple, and caused the man to lose control of the vehicle and crash into the ditch. The crash killed 59-year-old Dale Erickson and his 52-year-old wife, Teresa.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1d9TjWnhttps://strib.mn/1d9TjWn ) says a message was left with Hongerholt’s attorney seeking a response to the charges.



Driver killed when motorcycle hits deer in North Dakota

WALHALLA, N.D. (AP) - A Minnesota man is dead and his passenger injured after their motorcycle collided with a deer in northeastern North Dakota.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol says the two were traveling west on a Pembina County road from Cavalier to Walhalla when their motorcycle hit a deer on the road and went into the ditch at 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Both riders were thrown from the bike. Neither was wearing a helmet.

The driver, a 50-year-old man from East Grand Forks, Minnesota, was pronounced dead at Pembina County Memorial Hospital in Cavalier. His passenger, a 47-year-old woman, also from East Grand Forks, suffered serious injuries and was later transported to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks.

Names of the victims are being withheld until relatives are notified.

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