The St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce political committee endorsed Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tim Penny Thursday, the first endorsement his campaign has received.
The endorsement followed a forum of candidates for governor in St. Cloud on Tuesday.
Penny would be a governor the business community can work with, said Dave Borgert, the chamber's PAC chairman. "He's supportive of investment issues important to local businesses, and he's taking a balanced and open approach to statewide business issues," Borgert said.
St. John's Abbey in Collegeville has reached a broad financial settlement with victims of sexual abuse by its monks, said St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson.
The agreement also included "significant noneconomic points that will go towards creating strong safeguards in the future to prevent sexual abuse by abbey monks," Anderson said Thursday.
Anderson declined to say how many victims were included in the settlement and how much money the abbey agreed to pay. At least a dozen victims had sued or brought demands against the abbey in the 1990s, and some of them received small settlements from the abbey at the time of their lawsuits.
Anderson said the agreement was reached in mediation talks several weeks ago. It holds the abbey accountable for the harm caused by abusive monks, ensures that safeguards are put in place to prevent abuse in the future, and provides financial compensation for the victims.
Petition work cited by aide
Rep. Bill Luther's top aide says he helped a bogus "No New Taxes" candidate gather citizen petitions to get on the November ballot.
Luther's campaign manager, Bob Decheine, and longtime DFL activist Sam Garst again insisted that it was Garst's brainchild to run as an anti-tax candidate in the 2nd Congressional District so he could siphon votes from Luther's Republican opponent.
But Decheine acknowledged that after Garst came to him with the idea, he helped Garst with the citizen petitions.
Issued raised about new law
A defense attorney says there's a loophole in the state's new felony drunken driving law that could allow people with multiple convictions avoid the tougher penalty.
Defense attorney Samuel McCloud filed a motion Thursday in Hennepin County District Court to dismiss the felony DWI case against one of his clients. McCloud argues that the wording of the law excludes those people who have convictions before 1998.
If successful, the number of drunken drivers charged with a felony would decrease.
Prosecutors and some legal experts expected such a move but don't give it much weight.
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