A judge in Jackson County juvenile court recently found Jonathan Alan Giefer, 17, guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the Mankato Free Press.
The incident occurred on March 31, 2012, when Jonathan took the victim, who was younger than 13, out riding on an ATV in Windom, Min ... More >>
Lawmakers have Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Attorney General Lori Swanson at their disposal to defend lawsuits against approved legislation, but in the case of the voter ID amendment, MNGOP leaders don't trust the left-leaning duo to do a satisfactory job.As a result, the Legislative Coordina ... More >>
On Tuesday, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson blasted Chicago-based Accretive Health, the debt collection agency formerly used by Fairview hospitals, for using "boiler-room-style" tactics to try and get emergency room patients to pay their bills upfront.Today, Accretive's CEO shot back.During ... More >>
Yesterday, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson blasted the debt collection agency formerly used by Fairview hospitals for employing "boiler-room-style" tactics in trying to get emergency room patients to pay their bills upfront.The collection agency, Chicago-based Accretive Health, was pretty mu ... More >>
With the Minnesota government shutdown less than 36 hours away, a critical ruling from Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin has finally given people an idea of what a shutdown means: Gov. Mark Dayton's minimalist view of the core functions of government that would keep running during a shutdown.
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Is Minnesota's ban on synthetic pot unconstitutional? The war on synthetic drugs is far from over.
A lawyer representing several head shops filed a lawsuit today against the state of Minnesota, alleging that a statewide ban on synthetic pot is unconstitutional and not supported by scientific ... More >>
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled four Republican senators jumped the gun in saying that Gov. Mark Dayton is overstepping his constitutional bounds by involving the courts in government shutdown contingency plans.
That's because no state money has been ordered to be spent, so there's no ... More >>
Gov. Mark Dayton will expanded his list of essential services in a possible state government shutdown today, petitioning Ramsey County Court to include payments to health care and financial assistance workers providing services to those on state aid.
"We recognize the lack of assured provide ... 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 >>
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 >>
What's an essential service?We're 18 days away from a state government shutdown, and the prospect that only essential agencies and services will continue to operate.
But, what's an essential service? Attorney General Lori Swanson took a stab at that in a Ramsey County court filing today: Any ... More >>
Photo by samantha celeraThose phone bills are complicated.Bargain long-distance phone carrier Cheap2Dial may soon be facing a heavy bill of its own: Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing the Pennsylvania company for charging Minnesota customers extra fees without their knowledge.
The compan ... 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 >>
City PagesIt took 13 days after Jeremy Giefer's arrest for allegedly molesting his daughter for Pawlenty's administration to finally get around to shutting down his wife's childcare center.The Pawlenty administration knew on November 17th that Jeremy Giefer was charged with raping his young daugh ... More >>
City PagesJeremy Giefer, the sex offender now accused of molesting his daughter, was pardoned by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.Jeremy Giefer served time in jail in 1994 for having sex with a 14-year-old girl. But you wouldn't know it to look at the record of the man now charged with sexually mo ... More >>
With one out of every 245 Minnesota housing units in foreclosure during September, news has broken that Wells Fargo, along with other big banks, may have helped push some homeowners off properties with the use of "robo signers."
And the bank, with deep ties to Minnesota, has no intention of ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty has opted to take grant money from a federal law he wants repealed.
The money is for programs dismissed by the state as ineffective.
And he picked a grant that requires $379,000 in state matching funds, while the state is already drowning in red ink.
What's going on here? S ... More >>
R. Christopher Barden, an Republican lawyer from Edina, formally announced his candidacy for Attorney General today.In a statement posted on the True North blog last night, Barden laid out his platform, which includes a lot of red meat for the GOP base: lock up more criminals, be more business-fr ... More >>
Almost before the ink was dry on President Barack Obama's signature making it the law of the land, the health care reform package passed by Congress was challenged in two separate federal lawsuits by 15 Republican governors; 14 were led by Florida's attorney general and Virginia's AG filed a ... More >>
At least one local Web expert has formally contacted the Minnesota Attorney General's office asking them to investigate Coleman's campaign for possible consumer protection violations. Will they take up this case?