Department of Human Services

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Mark Dayton flip-flops, now opposes release of sex offenders

    In an interview earlier this month, Mark Dayton said he supported complying with the Department of Human Services recommendation to release serial rapist Thomas Duvall from his indefinite detention at the state's sex offender facility.SEE ALSO: Dayton signs law to move mentally ill offenders out of ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    Dayton administration blasts Kurt Zellers over sex offender controversy

    As we covered earlier this week (link directly below), the possible release of serial rapist Thomas Duvall from the state's sex offender facility in Moose Lake is a highly controversial issue.THE BACKSTORY: Mark Dayton, Lori Swanson disagree about whether serial rapist should be releasedOn one hand, ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    Mark Dayton, Lori Swanson disagree about whether serial rapist should be released

    A few months back, a Department of Human Services board recommended that serial rapist Thomas Duvall be released from the state's sex offender facility in Moose Lake.THE BACKSTORY: State may release man convicted of knife-point rape and another who molested 30 childrenGovernor Mark Dayton supports t ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    Minnesota's suicide rate continues to climb, particularly among middle-aged men

    Suicide has long been thought of as a concern among teens and seniors, but today, the Minnesota Department of Health released its latest data on deaths by suicide, and confirmed that Minnesota is no exception to a troubling national trend: More Minnesotans, and particularly middle-aged men, are kill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    State may release man convicted of knife-point rape and another who molested 30 children

    State officials have taken heat from all over the world for Minnesota's 19-year-old sex offender treatment program, which currently houses nearly 700 inmates in a facility in Moose Lake but has only released two offenders -- ever.SEE ALSO: Hennepin County jailer died after attack by mentally ill, HI ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Dayton signs law to move mentally ill offenders out of jail quicker

    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 >>

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    April 9, 2013

    AFSCME comes out for same-sex marriage

    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 >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Civil commitment overhaul moves to Senate floor

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Legislative auditor: 88 law enforcement personnel misused database in 2012

    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. SEE ALSO: -Cover: Is Anne Marie Rasmusson too hot to have a driver's license? -Law ... More >>

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    February 15, 2013

    Lawsuits: Dept of Human Services, DNR employees breached private data

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Judge presses Dept of Human Services on civil commitment troubles

    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 >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Mentally ill, dangerous patient languished for months without proper care; judge wants explanation

    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 >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Pastor Kirk Schield and his wife lose foster care license over spankings

    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 >>

  • News

    March 21, 2012

    Civil commitment leaves Hennepin County offenders languishing

    Mentally ill inmates wait months for evaluation, treatment

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Dayton will refuse salary during shutdown

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Senate petitions court to join shutdown lawsuit, while courts sue to stay open

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Metro Transit will try to keep running during shutdown

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Sen. David Hann calls Archbishop Nienstedt a socialist for caring about the poor

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Dayton wants 13,000 workers spared from shutdown

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Department of Human Services mails 572,000 shutdown warnings to clients

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Intensive autism therapy gets court hearing

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Susan Giefer's child care license revoked

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Minnesota's deficit projection shrinks by $1.2B so Dayton backs off taxing the rich

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Giefer back in jail, and DHS has some 'splainin' to do

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty rests veto pen so he can fish

    Put the veto pen down and move toward the fishing pole​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2010

    Jonathon Sharkey brainwashed teen girlfriend Paige Brewer, her mother says

    She made her comments after a succession of stories in City Pages resulted in hundreds of comments by outraged readers.

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    July 21, 2005
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    March 9, 2005

    Corporate Welfare

    The Hidden Costs of Shitty Jobs Good Jobs First recently completed a study looking at which corporations are most reliant on taxpayer-funded programs to cover their workers' medical needs. Not surprisingly, Wal-Mart was the chief offender. In eight out of the ten states that Good Jobs First was able ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2004

    A Cold Biloxi

    Will the Minnesota Legislature's slashing of childcare assistance for working families force more parents out of the workforce?

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    May 26, 2004


    Budget cuts threaten health care for HIV-infected Minnesotans

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    November 19, 2003

    Lifetime Commitment

    Two lawyers challenge the governor's new policy on sex offenders

  • News

    July 2, 2003

    Austerity Forever

    Health care took the most visible hits at the Legislature this year, and the future only looks bleaker: Linda Berglin, the only DFLer who stood and fought Pawlenty's cuts.

  • News

    June 4, 2003

    They Won't Know Anyway

    A pair of lawsuits challenge Pawlenty budget cuts for services to the mentally retarded

  • News

    February 13, 2002

    Love Unlimited

    A social worker acts as your matchmaker. Your parents can veto your beloved. Society wants you to stay chaste. That's dating life for people with developmental disabilities.

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    January 30, 2002

    The Devil and Ms. Jansen

    And other tales from our least likely lobbyists

  • Books

    December 26, 2001

    Father Knows Best

    Critics of Minnesota's child-support system object to quick fix

  • Books

    October 11, 2000

    Payback Time

    Minnesota's success in providing health care to children is about to cost the state millions in federal funds

  • Books

    May 12, 1999


    Former Vikings great Carl Eller faces sexual-assault accusations--for the second time

  • News

    August 27, 1997

    Home Repo

    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

  • News

    April 16, 1997

    The End of Rita

    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

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    March 26, 1997
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    December 18, 1996

    Selling Blue Sky


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    December 4, 1996
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    November 15, 1995

    The Lord's Own Safety Net

    As social programs fall away, fundamentalist groups like Teen Challenge are rushing to take their place.