Top MN News Stories For 2013 26 Dec 13

Gay marriage, the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy and the rocky start of MNsure are among Minnesota’s top news stories of 2013. Two and a half months after Governor Dayton signed a bill making Minnesota the 12th state to legalize gay marriage, couples began exchanging vows on August 1st. The clergy sexual abuse scandal was spurred by a former canon lawyer for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis who became a whistleblower. Archbishop John Nienstedt has stepped down from public ministry while police investigate an allegation that he improperly touched a boy during a group photo session – a claim Nienstedt denies. And the deadline to sign up for health insurance through MNsure has been extended to Tuesday while officials continue working out the bugs. We’ll have a look back at the top stories for our local area coming up next Tuesday and Wednesday with KNUJ NewsLine Year In Review features.