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Weekend Roundup: St. Norbert Abbey Paid Former Student $400K Following Sex Abuse Reports, Continued To ‘Revictimize’ Him

Updates On Pandemic Guidelines, Great Cheese Giveaway, Wisconsin Film Festival And More

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The Green Bay Press-Gazette has done extensive research into Nate Lindstrom’s experience with abuse in the Catholic church. Lindstrom took his own life this spring.

Lindstrom received monthly checks from the Norbertines of St. Norbert Abbey in De Peren until May 2019.

“According to interviews and documents, the Norbertines quietly sent Lindstrom monthly checks totaling more than $400,000 over 10 years after his parents complained to the Catholic order’s leaders about the harm their son suffered from being sexually abused by at least one priest in the late 1980s,” the Press-Gazette wrote.

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The Press-Gazette has interviewed Lindstrom, his family, friends and others involved, as well as researched documents, for the past 20 months to compile this in-depth coverage of what has happened at St. Norbert Abbey and how it has impacted those who faced abuse.

COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Begins For Ages 12-15 Amid New CDC Guidelines

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully vaccinated people can limit wearing masks, both indoors and outdoors.

Masks can still be required by state, local, tribal or territorial, business and workplace laws, according to the CDC. Masks are also still required in crowded places, such as public transportation, homeless shelters and hospitals.

Following the news, eight states adjusted their rules on mask wearing: Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

On Friday, Rock County and La Crosse County lifted their mandates. In Dane and Milwaukee counties, the mask mandate still remains.

Later on Friday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services released a statement aligning with the CDC announcement.

“The science is clear: if you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “For vaccinated people, this means returning to the Wisconsin way of life we all enjoy.”

The CDC and DHS updates come as children ages 12 to 15 have been given the green light on Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations from the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Milwaukee Public Schools said Friday that it will be hosting walk-in vaccine clinics for all people age 12 or older starting Monday. Five schools are participating.

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Great Wisconsin Cheese Giveaway To Feature 180 Prizes

On May 26, Wisconsin Cheese is celebrating 180 years of the state’s staple food group. In honor of this celebration, Wisconsin Cheese is hosting a virtual event set to feature award-winning cheesemakers, surprise guests, musical performances and most notable: a giveaway of a total of 180 cheese products donated by producers throughout the state.

For more information on the giveaway, visit here.

Opponents Of Proposal For Ban On Transgender Athletes Say It Would Affect Few

Wisconsin’s transgender community and advocates say that legislation being supported by state Republicans would affect only a few athletes, according to sports officials at both the high school and collegiate level. The legislation aims to bar transgender athletes from competing in girls’ and women’s school sports, citing unfair competition.

But Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association officials told the Journal Sentinel they could not think of an instance where a transgender athlete has competed in a state tournament.

Quill Graham is the only collegiate transgender athlete — out of almost 5,000 total athletes — in Wisconsin. He said the bills are “very ill-informed” and “don’t address a lot of complexities of gender and biology.”

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said the legislation will move forward in the Assembly. But the bills face a potential veto by Gov. Tony Evers.

Wisconsin Disabled Community Opposes Election Law Changes

Wisconsin voters with disabilities are urging lawmakers to reconsider a pair of Republican-backed bills passed by the state Senate that would make it more difficult to cast absentee ballots.

The measures that passed Tuesday are part of the GOP push to make it harder to vote by mail following Donald Trump’s defeat.

Advocates and those with disabilities said the Republican-backed measures put those with physical challenges at a particular disadvantage.

Both bills must still clear the Assembly and be signed by Gov. Tony Evers before becoming law. Evers is expected to veto them, but opponents say they are worried about them coming back years later.

New York Times Real Estate Column Features Madison Home

The New York Times takes a look at “A 1925 cottage in Madison, a two-bedroom waterfront condo in Fort Lauderdale and a Craftsman bungalow in Louisville.”

The featured 1925 cottage is a four-bedroom that’s home to the Atwood neighborhood off of Lake Monona, and goes for $204 per square foot.

Wisconsin Film Festival Online Through May 20

The Wisconsin Film Festival began Thursday and will take place through May 20.

The Festival was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, and has adjusted this year to operate virtually with all film being streamed online.

“This festival doesn’t only show sort of classy foreign films with subtitles, it shows goofy funny entertaining stuff but maybe not the same goofy entertaining stuff that you’re going to find elsewhere,” said Ben Reiser, the outreach and community engagement manager for Wisconsin Film Festival.

DNR Official Recommends These 4 Wisconsin State Natural Areas

As COVID-19 restrictions loosen and we continue moving toward summer, the Appleton Post Crescent spoke with Thomas Meyer, natural areas director for the Department of Natural Resources, to highlight some niche outdoor spots across Wisconsin.

They include: Skunk and Foster Lakes State Natural Area, Spruce Lake Bog State Natural Area, The Dells of the Eau Claire River State Natural Area, and Churney Maribel Caves Park.

Biden Revokes Trump Executive Actions Concerning Race, Culture

President Biden has revoked executive actions taken by former President Donald Trump in relation to systemic racism and police brutality, including: the removal of Trump’s National Garden of American Heroes, which aims to protect monuments and statues during protests; and revoking a 2019 proclamation the prevented immigrants “who will financially burden the United States healthcare system” from entering the U.S.

Editor’s note: The Associated Press contributed to this report.