Francis Hoefgen: Portrait of an abusive priest

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Father Fran Hoefgen and the old St. Boniface in Hastings that merged with Guardian Angels to become St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
For four years he went into Minnesota parishes that were either struggling financially, or from sexual abuse allegations, and helped smooth things over. Then his conscience caught up with him.

Patrick Wall is convinced that he might still be in the Order of St. Benedict today had it not been for Francis Hoefgen, a troublesome priest who was quietly removed from a parish in Hastings. Wall was ordained a couple months later and soon vaulted into Hoefgen's old spot.

SEE ALSO: How Patrick Wall became the Catholic church's worst nightmare

The year was in 1993 -- almost a decade after Hoefgen admitted to giving a teenage boy a blowjob. Police and prosecutors knew about it, and had done nothing.

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Erica Clark finds envelope stuffed with cash at McDonald's, doesn't do what you'd expect with it

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Erica Clark
Imagine you're walking into a fast food joint when you happen upon an envelope in the parking lot. You open it up, and to your amazement, the thing is stuffed with thousands of dollars of cold, hard cash.

SEE ALSO: Dairy Queen worker reimburses blind customer after he's robbed

Let's be honest -- most folks would probably keep it and thank their lucky stars, right? But not 19-year-old Minnesota State University Moorhead student Erica Clark, who went out of her way to reunite the rightful owner of $2,800 with an envelope containing his cash after she found it in a McDonald's parking lot yesterday afternoon.

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Hopkins Dairy Queen customers pay it forward to tune of $700

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You never know what sorts of feel-good things are going to happen at this DQ.
Last month, Joey Prusak, an employee at the downtown Hopkins Dairy Queen, opened his own wallet to reimburse a blind customer who was robbed of $20 by a greedy woman.

SEE ALSO: 43 years after they first met at McDonalds, man again serves sweetie a side of love

Prusak's spirit of altruism is apparently still alive and well at that very same DQ, where yesterday customers donated more than $700 toward free meals and treats.

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Joey Prusak, Hopkins Dairy Queen worker, reimburses blind customer after he's robbed [UPDATE]

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A DQ employee was Minnesota Nice personified last week when one of his customers was robbed.
-- Update at bottom --

A customer at the Hopkins Main Street Dairy Queen recently wrote to the company to commend Joey, an employee who did all he could to prevent a woman from stealing cash from a blind customer, then opened his own wallet to reimburse the man when his efforts to stop the woman proved fruitless.

RELATED: Hopkins rated as one of America's friendliest towns

"I was in shock by the generosity that your employee had," the letter to DQ says. "From a customer of your store and a customer of DQ I would probably like to say Joey has forever sealed my fate as a life long customer of the Hopkins Mainstreet Dairy Queen."

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Glen Perkins hooks up Twins tickets for "screwed" fan

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Who needs Ticket King when you've got Glen Perkins and a Twitter account?
Hours before the Twins' Sunday afternoon game, closer Glen Perkins went out of his way to hook up tickets for a fan who said on Twitter he was "screwed over" when he tried to buy some online.

SEE ALSO: Strangers at the Twins game: A blind date outing in their own tweets

And these weren't nosebleeds. Perkins left four lower-level, behind-home-plate tickets for the fan and his girlfriend, cousin, and grandma.

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Mpls reps the U.S. on this morning's Today Show as one of 13 hot destinations in 2013 [VIDEO]

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Minneapolis represents the U.S. on Travel and Leisure's list of 13 travel picks in 2013.
What list features Nepal,  Uco Valley in Argentina, Zambia, and... Minneapolis?

Last month, Minneapolis topped a full five categories in Travel and Leisure's annual survey of 35 cities across the country. Now, the magazine is handing us a more exotic honor: one of the 13 best places to travel in 2013. The roundup isn't just for domestic trips, like Lonely Planet's recent list, but for visits anywhere in the world.

Nilou Motamed, the magazine's features editor, stopped by the Today Show this morning to discuss the list, and tell the two surprised hosts why Minneapolis is the only U.S. destination to make the cut.

See Also:
- Twin Cities have country's smartest, most attractive people, says Travel and Leisure
- Twin Cities are a Lonely Planet top U.S. travel destination for 2013
- Climate change could make Mpls the new NYC, says The Economist [VIDEO]



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Hopkins rated as one of America's friendliest towns

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It's nothing too exciting but it is very friendly, at least in Forbes' estimation.
The Minnesota Nicest place is Hopkins, according to Forbes. The suburb made Forbes' list of "America's Friendliest Towns."

SEE ALSO: Woodbury and Edina are top extramarital affair locales in Twin Cities, says AshleyMadison.com

Forbes cites the town's relatively low crime rate, which is reflected by the relative dearth of Hopkins-related crime stories in City Pages archives.

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Twin Cities number one for percentage of residents who volunteer

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There's more of this happening in the Twin Cities than anywhere else in America.
The latest "Volunteering and Civic Life in America" study suggests there's something to all that "Minnesota Nice" stuff.

SEE ALSO:
-- 43 percent of Mpls lives alone (that's 16 percent higher than the national average)
-- Minnesota is the least miserable state, according to Bloomberg
-- Minnesota is the state of the future, Gallup says


According to the 2011 census data used in the study, Minnesota has the fourth most per-capita volunteers of any state, and the Twin Cities' spirit of volunteerism is even more impressive -- Minneapolis/St. Paul has the most per-capita volunteers of any major metro region.


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"Santa Claus"-like Bemidji man gives away his business, gets national attention

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This is no puny grocery store.
Bemidji may be the town worried about beaver sculptures painted like genitalia and profanity in Newsweek, but it's also the town of small business owners with hearts of gold.

Joe Lueken, a 70-year-old soon-to-be-retiree and 46-year grocery store veteran, offers an antidote to Black Friday corporate madness this holiday season. Instead of driving his employees to, say, strike in the parking lot in protest of crazy Thanksgiving work hours, he's giving his business away to them.

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