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PRIEST RETURNS TO WORK AMIDST SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS

There are claims that some Catholic parishioners are not safe after a priest accused of being a sexual predator is allowed to return to work.

Following an 18 month internal investigation, Father Patrick Sullivan has been cleared to return to parishes in Dilworth and Hawley, But the lawyer for his accuser says the church is giving him a free pass based on a timing technicality. He was suspended last year after an allegation surfaced he had sex with a 15 year old while serving at St. Mary's Mission Church in Red Lake, Minnesota in 2009. Sullivan has denied the claim. Police cleared him of any criminal conduct. Because of that, the church believes the story is made up and will allow Father Sullivan to return to work. The lawyer for the accuser is outraged, noting many of these priest sex abuse cases don't result in criminal charges because they are too old to prosecute. He says the Diocese withheld information, including details about Father Sullivan's treatment program which reportedly raised some red flags. The lawyer calls Bishop Hoeppner's decision to allow Father Sullivan to resume his duties "dangerous".

NEW HOMELESS SHELTER OPEN AMIDST DEADLY COLD

With life-threatening temperatures outside emergency help is now available for the homeless. 

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a declaration opening a shelter Wednesday night at the Armory in Moorhead. It has 40 beds and will be open until next Thursday. With the temporary shelter open and others packed to capacity Churches United is looking for volunteers. Those without a home say they're thankful for a warm place to rest their head.

FIRE DESTORYS FARM SHOP

Fire crews say a bad furnace caused a farm shop to burn down near Manvel.

It took about a half hour for crews out put the massive flames. No one was hurt, and the shop was the only building with damage.

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