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Bloomington nonprofit used nearly $1 million to fund for-profit businesses, Minnesota attorney general says


September 13, 2019

Leila Navidi – Star Tribune

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison speaks after a bill signing ceremony in July. Ellison said that the former board was "asleep at the switch and doing nothing to stop it," but he said he's hopeful about the nonprofit's new leadership.

A Bloomington nonprofit that leads Christian mission trips violated state charity laws, the Minnesota Attorney General's Office says, and used nearly $1 million of the nonprofit's money to fund the CEO's two for-profit companies - a Hermantown coffee shop and a travel agency.

After a three-year investigation, the Attorney General's Office filed a petition this week in Ramsey County to order the nonprofit, Praying Pelican Missions, to overhaul its polices and leadership.


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