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After 43 Years, Sexual Abuse Victim Settles with Archdiocese

Fr. Thomas Stitts - Photo: Jeff Anderson and Associates

A former Minnesota man says he's finally getting justice for what a Catholic priest did to him.

Fifty-four-year-old Jon Jaker says Fr. Thomas Stitts sexually abused him at St. Leo's Catholic Church in St. Paul in 1971.

Stitts died in 1985 but now, after a change in state law, the victim sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Business Booms after Stillwater Cafe adds Minimum Wage Surcharge

The owner of Stillwater's River Oasis Cafe imposed a surcharge on all customer tabs Aug. 1, and he was caught up in a spirited debate that spread across the country. 

Work to Start on Stillwater Fire Station, Armory

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Construction is starting on a new Stillwater Fire Department station and Minnesota National Guard armory.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the groundbreaking on the neighboring sites will be Friday. The new fire station will replace a 50-year-old building downtown.

Xcel Opens New Training Facility as Baby Boomers Begin to Retire

Xcel Energy has opened a 10-acre facility near Hugo to provide continuing education to existing technical crews and training for new employees.

Steve Foss, Regional Vice President of Distribution Operations with Xcel, says the facility will operate year round.

2 Charged with Felony Fraud while in Faribault Co. Prison

Tony Terrell Robinson of Bayport - Photo: Minnesota Dept. of Corrections

Two inmates were each charged last Tuesday with 11 counts of fraud while incarcerated in a state prison.

Tony Terrell Robinson of Bayport and Tanka James Tetzlaff of Duluth have been accused of conspiring to defraud the United States and filing and making false claims against the government, worth more than $400,000.

Inmate Sentenced for Killing Prisoner in Oak Park Heights

Minnesota Correctional Facility - Stillwater - Photo: Wikkimedia

An inmate at a Minnesota maximum security prison has pleaded guilty to killing a fellow prisoner and has been sentenced to an additional 40 years behind bars.

Minnesota Woman Pleads Guilty in Methadone Death

Jennifer Johnson - Photo: Washington Co. Attorney's Office

A Newport woman has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder for giving methadone to her husband to help him sleep.
Jennifer Johnson changed her plea Monday in Washington County court after pleading not guilty less than a month earlier. The 43-year-old was charged in the death of 32-year-old Denis Parmuat in March 2013. Her sentencing is set for December.