As of July 1, the state will be legally obligated to move mentally ill offenders out of jails within 48 hours of a judge signing a civil commitment order.
Designed to move people with mental illnesses to treatment quicker, the measure was included in the Health and Human Services omnibus bill pass ... More >>
One of the most influential unions in Minnesota released an endorsement yesterday for bills moving through the House and Senate to legalize same-sex marriage.
AFSCME Council 5 has more than 43,000 members in dozens of local chapters around the state, including the City of Minneapolis, Department ... More >>
Two bills designed to reduce the amount of time mentally ill offenders spend in jail awaiting treatment passed a Senate committee last week, and will now head to the floor.
One of the bills would mandate that the Department of Human Services transfer the offender out of jail within 48 hours of a j ... More >>
The state should increase its monitoring efforts and be more proactive when it comes to policing law enforcement abuse of motor vehicle records, according to a new report released by the legislative auditor's office.
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A Mankato-based law firm filed lawsuits this week against the Department of Human Services and the Department of Natural Resources alleging employees in both state agencies regularly breached the private data of Minnesotans.
Scott Kelly, an attorney bringing the suits, couldn't speculate as to how ... More >>
A Hennepin County judge wants to know why its taking the state so long to transfer some mentally ill patients to psychiatric hospitals.
Judge Jay Quam, who presides over the mental health commitment court, pulled representatives from the Department of Human Services into his courtroom Wednesday to ... More >>
Linda Desonpere had no business being at the University of Minnesota's Fairview Hospital after August 27.
That's the day a Hennepin County judge deemed Desonpere "mentally ill and dangerous" -- the most restrictive form of commitment in Minnesota -- and ordered her transfer to the St. Peter Securi ... More >>
People who have worked with Kirk and Beth Schield's foster children call them "loving and caring" parents. Yet the couple's foster care license has been revoked after a state investigator couldn't get Beth to promise she'd stop spanking her foster children.Kirk is pastor of Shepherd of the Lake Luth ... More >>
In a brief statement e-mailed to reporters over the weekend, Gov. Mark Dayton announced that he wouldn't collect his salary in the event state government shuts down on July 1 over the budget impasse.
It's a symbolic move. Dayton is a multimillionaire, so missing some paychecks as governor is har ... More >>
GOP members of a Senate panel have passed a resolution authorizing the entire body to intervene in the lawsuit filed by Gov. Mark Dayton to keep essential services running in the case of a government shutdown. Today, the courts filed their own petition begging legislators and the governor to ... More >>
Transit riders can relax, at least for a little while. The Met Council says that Metro Transit buses, trains, light rail and Metro Mobility will all continue to operate regular services if or when state government is shut down by the budget impasse.
But the council says transit services can' ... More >>
Eden Prairie GOP Sen. David Hann is on a tear because Archbishop John Nienstedt is following Catholic social teaching and sticking up for poor people.
In a vitriolic letter, he's accusing Nienstedt of endorsing "the socialist fiction that it is a moral necessity to take the property of the ' ... More >>
The Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton keep stumbling toward a possible government shutdown on July 1, and now the governor has submitted a list state services deemed essential--and who should keep working despite the shutdown.
The list encompasses about 13,000 workers providing core services to 2 ... More >>
In another reminder of how the looming Minnesota government shutdown is going to impact real people and not just political careers, the Department of Human Services mailed out something like 572,000 letters to its clients today, warning them that there may be an interruption in their benefits ... More >>
Max Reid's treatment for autism was initially uncovered by his insurance.We first told you about the fight over Intensive Early Intervention Behavioral therapy for kids with autism in our January feature.
More recently, the issue got prominent treatment in a two-part series on the cover of t ... More >>
The ongoing saga of Jeremy Giefer has been chock-full of disturbing revelations.First came the charges that he repeatedly raped his young daughter over a period of years. Then the news that during this same period he successfully applied to have his previous record as a sex offender from Governor ... More >>
Dayton gives the rich a much-needed break.If you're making more than $500,000 a year, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Mark Dayton says he's not going to make your already tough economic situation any worse by requiring you to pay a little more in taxes.
That bit of relief comes thanks to n ... More >>
Jeremy Giefer, the sex offender pardoned by Governor Tim Pawlenty, is back in jail for violating his probation.Jeremy Giefer spent the weekend back in jail, after being arrested on Friday for violating the terms of his release.He had been released last month on $250,000 bail after being cha ... More >>
Put the veto pen down and move toward the fishing poleThe governor, in case you missed the news, has gone fishing while the Legislature hammers out a last minute budget deal. Says he doesn't want to let down the good folks up around Lake Kabetogama by not showing up for a party they've been p ... More >>
When a controversial nonprofit set out to open a foster program for violent teens in Tangletown, it failed to apprise neighbors of its plans. Minneapolis and Hennepin County officials quashed the project, adding that they want to put new group homes in "p
Margarita Tolchinskaya left behind a budding professional career and a ravaged homeland when she emigrated from the former Soviet Union to join her brother in St. Paul. Three years later, she wound up dead in the back room of the family laundry where she