Priest is removed after review of acquittal

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has temporarily removed a priest from ministry after he was acquitted on sexual misconduct charges in December. Interim Archbishop Bernard Hebda made the announcement Tuesday about the Rev. Mark Huberty. A Ramsey County jury acquitted Huberty of criminal sexual conduct involving an adult female parishioner he was counseling. Since Huberty's acquittal, his case was reviewed by a new ministerial review board. The board found sufficient evidence to suggest that Huberty may have committed a serious offense under canon law and recommended proceedings to resolve the allegations.

During the process, Huberty is not permitted to wear a Roman collar or present himself as a priest. Nevada attorney Robert Flummerfelt, a canon lawyer representing Huberty, said he expects that his client will receive a fair hearing and that the matter will be properly resolved.

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Explosion displaces apartment dwellers

Residents of a Fridley apartment building are in need of a new place to stay after an explosion damaged the seven-unit structure early Tuesday, Fridley fire officials said. All of the residents in the building on the 5900 block of 2½ Street NE. got out safely after an explosion in a basement utility room just after 3 a.m. One resident stepped on glass and suffered minor injuries while exiting, said Capt. Mike Spencer. Residents will not be allowed back in until a structural engineer can inspect the building and determine if it is safe, Spencer said. The Red Cross was on the scene providing assistance.

Tim Harlow


Two lost Ohio hikers found safe near Ely

Rescuers have found two Ohio women who became lost while hiking in northeastern Minnesota. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said the hikers were reported lost just before 10 p.m. Monday near the Angleworm Lake Trail off the Echo Trail near Ely. The women, ages 22 and 25, had called and sent text messages to a friend requesting help because they were lost. The St. Louis County Volunteer Rescue Squad responded and found the hikers just after 1 a.m. Tuesday. They were not hurt.

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Sherburne County

Cyclist killed in road after striking deer

A motorcyclist struck a deer on a dark central Minnesota road and was hit moments later by a minivan while two witnesses were at his side in the lane of traffic, authorities said Tuesday. The chain of events Monday night south of Princeton proved fatal for Roger Claassen, 44, according to the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's Cmdr. Steve Doran said that while the van swerved to avoid the motorists at Claassen's side, the driver could not avoid the fallen motorcyclist.

Claassen, who lived fewer than 4 miles southeast of the crash scene, hit the deer about 7:30 p.m., roughly an hour after sunset, Doran said. The van came along soon after. The van's driver stopped immediately after hitting Claassen. Doran said investigators would decide whether charges are warranted.

Paul Walsh