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Cargill, Target and General Mills organizations led the way in grants and giving.
President Obama’s visit to a U.S. mosque on Wednesday was welcomed by members of Minnesota’s Muslim community, who say that anti-Islam sentiment has reached new…
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, guys scouting for dates may gain insights from a new study indicating that good deeds may beat good looks…
Archdiocese is selling property to pay creditors.
St. John's Abbey says it seeks transparency; a monk's victim calls new website "betrayal."
Dr. Lowell Gess, an ophthalmologist from Alexandria, alerted West Africa to the virus continuing to lurk in the eyes and causing vision loss.
Former St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt is leaving two weeks into a Michigan assignment because of a backlash over his presence.
It marks the first time the abbey, long the subject of sex abuse allegations, has made its files public. The monks worked as teachers, counselors, parish priests and chaplains across Minnesota and beyond.
Founder of Books for Africa plans fundraising walk across Zanzibar in E. Africa.
Chapter 11 filing by Christ's Household of Faith worries members and neighbors.
John Nienstedt resigned from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in June after the Ramsey County attorney's office filed charges claiming that the church had failed to protect children from clergy sex abuse.
Bankruptcy judge approves $4.5 million sale of Hayden Center. Next up: archbishop's home.
With no office and no paid staff, a Twin Cities nonprofit has managed to collect more than 500,000 mittens and hats for low-income children over…
For most Minnesotans, Dec. 24 — not Dec. 25 — draws the biggest crowds of the year for many churches big and small, in a trend that has reached the point where "Christmas Eve" services now start as early as 10 a.m.
Woman's suit against Lutheran youth pastor is first in an effort to get more to step forward.
Bryan Moon retired from Northwest Airlines and forged an encore career as an “MIA hunter,” whose expeditions to find crash sites of World War II…
The Catholic Diocese of Duluth filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday, a month after a victim of priest sex abuse there was awarded $8 million…
Bankruptcy court judge approved payments to dozens of firms.
First came Black Friday. Then Cyber Monday. Now, “Giving Tuesday” is working to build a national day to tap some of the $600 billion Americans…
Internal files on St. John's Abbey monks accused of sexual abuse were made public Tuesday.
The Jeremiah Program, a Minneapolis nonprofit that has won national recognition for its work lifting single mothers out of poverty, broke ground last week on…
Seventh annual 24-hour philanthropy spree draws thousands of donors.
Hope Community wins Bush innovation award for work in Phillips neighborhood.
The teen star-studded event draws students across the state who have raised money and support projects here and across the globe.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis made its first appearance in Ramsey County District Court Thursday in a clergy sex abuse case spearheaded by the Ramsey County Attorney that is being watched nationally.
Facing more than 400 clergy abuse claims, archdiocese seeks more time to reorganize.
Bobbi Cordano, a vice president at the Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, is heading to Washington, D.C., in January to become president of Gallaudet University,…
Sandy Vargas will step down in June after a nine-year tenure.
Leo Weiss was a historical anomaly. His entire family — parents and two siblings — survived the Holocaust. He spent his years in Minnesota sharing…
Make-A-Wish interim CEO endorses the state inquiry.
As the foundation moves into year three of a major expansion, it's on track to donate $35 million next year and "considerably more" beyond that.
Acting Archbishop Bernard Hebda hosted the first of seven "listening sessions," offering feedback to the Vatican.
“We are all sinners,” is a popular quote from Pope Francis. But a recent survey indicates “we all” disagree on exactly what’s a sin. Is…
A new collaborative exhibit finds a way to skirt a Russian arts embargo.
A local Hispanic women’s group has filmed an upbeat video welcoming “Papa Francisco” to the United States. Three Latino families have rented a motor home…
Call it a philanthropic time capsule. If all goes as planned, 100 Minnesotans will contribute $25,000 to an unusual new charitable fund that will be…
Weekend class in Cannon Falls offers one of a handful of hands-on "humanitarian crisis simulation" training camps in the nation.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has one of the nation's highest rates of denying annulments
Long before racial disparities in philanthropy became a hot topic, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota launched a fellowship and internship for women of color that…
Victims' attorneys fear confidentiality violations of private information.
The Rev. Joseph Gallatin is the second priest in the past week to be disciplined, a pace considered "extraordinary" by some victim advocates.
A new study finds that U.S. counties with the highest volume of "natural amenities" have some of lowest rates of church membership.
Hundreds of protesters rallied in front of Planned Parenthood offices in St. Paul on Saturday morning as part of a national day of protest against…
The first court hearing in Ramsey County’s criminal case against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been postponed to Oct. 29. Ramsey County…
The Rev. Thomas Andert, the prior at the Abbey in Collegeville, has been removed from his leadership position following an allegation of student sex abuse.
Some of the nation’s first volunteer service trips to Cuba are being organized by a Twin Cities nonprofit long involved in international volunteerism. Global Volunteers,…
Clarke Chambers, a University of Minnesota history professor for 40 years, was nationally known for documenting aspects of U.S. history often overlooked — the history…
The final tally of 669 claims against the archdiocese included 407 for clergy abuse and about 150 from parishes seeking indemnification from abuse claims and also to protect their medical and dental insurance.
Attorneys representing sex abuse victims had been working around the clock to prepare the claims in advance of the Aug. 3 deadline.
U.S. bankruptcy judge says clergy abuse victims have had extensive notice of Monday's deadline.
Victims in Twin Cities Archdiocese say publicity about Aug. 3 deadline to file cases was delayed.
Todd Ruggere, who was in St. Paul on Saturday, combines his love of the brew with concern for cancer.
The former archbishop denies allegations of personal misconduct that emerged last year during an internal church investigation of his behavior — a report that the archdiocese now is considering making public.
Archbishop Bernard Hebda, in his first public interviews, said Friday that his priority during his temporary stay in the Twin Cities is to tackle legal…
A Stearns County judge has ruled that a public nuisance claim against the Diocese of St. Cloud by an alleged victim of priest sex abuse may proceed, which could force the diocese to open its files on all clergy sex offenders.
A prominent Catholic cleric has asked the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to release details of two investigations into alleged sexual misconduct by former Archbishop John Nienstedt.
Curious about Ramadan? Fifteen Minnesota mosques are opening their doors to non-Muslims during this holy month, inviting folks for an evening meal and a chance…
Bernard Hebda will need to tap his impressive skill set as he steps into one of the most tumultuous archdioceses in the nation
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said church officials failed to enforce their own restrictions on a priest who abused two boys while he was pastor of a St. Paul church.
Former Archbishop John Nienstedt's resignation hasn't halted the investigation into the archdiocese, as authorities are looking into personal ties between him and a former priest in prison for sexually molesting two boys.
Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Anthony Piche resigned under the code of canon law that allows bishops to resign before they retire because of illness or some other "grave" reason that makes them unfit for office.
As militants continue seizing territory in the Middle East, a Twin Cities nonprofit is aiding some of the most vulnerable victims of the conflict: children…
Lila Nelson was an adventurous Minnesota farm girl who left the land to attend college, join the U.S. Air Force and then forge a national…
Jury that acquitted former priest Francis Hoefgen of abusing minor did not hear evidence of past abuse of another teen.
Neighbors on one Champlin street received an unusual letter: Create a wish list of outdoor home projects you want finished, it said, and we'll fix it for free.
Fallout continues to jolt Catholic institutions across Minnesota as a law permitting lawsuits for older claims of clergy sex abuse marks its second anniversary.
Attention, Twin Cities bikers. Your ever-growing numbers have captured the attention of not just one but two Minneapolis churches, which will be offering a “blessing…
Bankruptcy judge also scolds archdiocese for low-profile ads to notify clergy abuse victims of claims deadline.
St. John's Abbey in Collegeville will make public its files on 19 priests with credible charges of sex abuse, as part of a settlement reached with a man who sued the abbey for abuse he suffered as a teenager.
An Aug. 3 deadline for filing claims against archdiocese prompts campaign.
Aug. 3 date angers victims' advocates; archdiocese says it will speed up reorganization.
Disability activist Myrna Peterson is working to bring at least 194 people in wheelchairs to town May 16 to set a record for "longest moving wheelchair line."
In the days ahead, Minnesota will host a series of events to raise awareness of the deaths of an estimated 75 percent of Armenians in what is now eastern Turkey.
By 2050, the number of Muslims could hit 2.7 billion — and nearly equal the number of Christians across the globe. Four out of every…
Civic leaders have begun the process to bring a world's fair to Minnesota.
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