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They battled to get sober, then fought to regain their children from Minnesota's foster care system.
Taken from homes, American Indian children have flooded Minnesota's foster system: Less than 2 percent of children in Minnesota are Indian, but they make up nearly a quarter of the state's foster care population.
Minnesota judges place American Indian children into foster care in numbers that surpass any other state — and the breakup of Indian families is accelerating.
Amy Hamid helps women who often grew up in troubled homes, turned to drugs and alcohol, then inflicted that same chaos on their own children.
The man's hands were covered in blood when emergency responders arrived, according to a search warrant.
The Minnesota Legislature in 1988 allowed the option for those harmed by crime to make a statement at the perpetrator's sentencing. Since then, there has been a national debate as to whether it actually helps victims. The evidence is generally mixed.
On the first day of his introduction to poetry class, Philip Dacey often had his students shout “POETRY SUCKS!” Over and over again they would…
Sandra Grazzini-Rucki subpoenaed her 18-year-old daughter to testify on the fourth day of a trial where she's facing six felony charges of deprivation of parental rights.
A pattern that some call common also raises questions about the sheer volume of traffic stops for a driver without a serious criminal record.
Philando Castile's mother and sister opened up about their shock and grief since his violent death last Wednesday. A lawyer for the family says a lawsuit is imminent.
Family members and attorney for family say suspicion doesn't justify officer's use of deadly force.
A well-known gun-rights advocate says he told the ex-St. Anthony police chief that he might have a serious problem with how the department conducts traffic stops. But the chief, he said, dismissed his concern.
Jeronimo Yanez and Joseph Kauser graduated together in 2010. Two years later, both wore the gun and badge for the St. Anthony Police Department — their first job in law enforcement.
Bemidji foster father is accused of drowning 2-year-old Kira Friedman.
Report finds procedures are adequate but were not followed.
More challenging kids, funding cuts are creating a shortage in a time of dire need.
Nathan Daniel Jackson's criminal record of fifth-degree assault and theft would have prevented him from being a care provider.
Suspect's Bemidji home wasn't licensed for foster care.
County officials say Apple Valley case highlights the value of a new approach.
Abused children are stranded as foster homes and shelter beds fill up.
Employees say they have not received their last paychecks.
The operator of a child treatment center failed to notice that the 25-year-old was barred from working there.
If not for Dale Nathan, two Lakeville teens missing for more than two years may never have been found and reunited with their father. Not…
But their father says the couple had no right to keep the girls.
The 4-year-old boy's death has led to numerous child protection reforms.
Counties with slow response times will soon see penalties.
Samantha and Gianna Rucki have moved back into their Lakeville home, readjusting to family life after the teenage sisters went missing for two and…
Law makes it harder to remove kids from abusive, neglectful homes, group argues.
Judge says prosecutors failed to prove their case against a Minneapolis couple whose 6-week-old daughter was found face down in a laundry basket.
As a boy in the 1950s, Mike Berkus would often stand waiting outside the tunnel of the old St. Paul Saints stadium in Lexington Park,…
The owners of a western Minnesota horse ranch and a St. Cloud woman are charged with hiding Gianna and Samantha Rucki for two and half years before they were found last month.
The runaway Lakeville sisters who had been missing for two and a half years will be sent to an intensive out-of-state reunification program after refusing to live with their father.
The sisters were dropped off at a Herman, Minn., ranch four days after they ran away in the midst of a custody dispute, according to the criminal charges.
Prosecutors accuse Sandra Grazzini-Rucki of "particular cruelty."
Two Lakeville teenage sisters missing since April 2013 have been located at a horse farm in western Minnesota, after police executed a search warrant Wednesday afternoon.
Family Alternatives, scrutinized after a child died in one of its homes, has settled with state regulators.
Minnesota’s renewed effort to stop child abuse and neglect is straining the foster care system, a refuge for children removed from their homes. The number…
A mother accused of helping her two teenage daughters run away from their Lakeville home continues to be held on $1 million bail after a…
Mike Ellis has been on voluntary leave at the U's request since late August pending an investigation into unspecified complaints against him.
Sandra Grazzini-Rucki is called a "significant flight risk" at a hearing on Friday.
Sometimes called the "Protective Parent" movement, they believe that family courts are broken and judges in custody disputes are ordering children to live with abusive parents.
Police had hoped to find photos or other evidence among Sandra Grazzini-Rucki's possessions.
Police issue a warrant for Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, say new evidence links her to girls' disappearance.
After a 2-year-old boy was found in a drug den, county had sought to reunify him with mother.
Cynthia Kiewatt, 43, has twice involuntarily lost the parental rights to her children. Any reunion would require drug treatment, random drug tests, stable housing and other steps.
A 2-year-old boy who went missing after being found in a drug den last week has been found, according to the Hennepin County attorney's office. It was the second time the boy had gone missing this year, following a breakdown in communication between police and child protection.
The child's former foster parents said this is only the latest in a series of failures to protect him. Twice they warned child protection officials about the danger the boy faced, records show, but said they were ignored.
Edgar Morey had been under the guardianship of Clearwater County since October 2014 after he accused his adoptive father of raping him, according to court records.
Minnesota children often wait years for adoption, and the problem will likely get worse.
Teague's troubles — including two past gender discrimination complaints — are roiling a university that has faced persistent concerns about shortchanging women's athletes for decades.
The University of Minnesota said Monday that former athletic director Norwood Teague failed to disclose that he was facing a gender discrimination complaint at the time he was being recruited and then after he was hired.
Police issue a warrant for Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, say new evidence links her to girls' disappearance.
U President Eric Kaler also said he regrets saying Norwood Teague was "overserved" alcohol: "I cannot state strongly enough that Teague is entirely responsible for his behavior, and alcohol use is no excuse."
University of Minnesota and Virginia Commonwealth paid $300,000 to settle earlier claims of gender discrimination.
U.S. wildlife officials say a representative for Walter Palmer contacted the agency late Thursday, before wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe called for his extradition to their country.
In Zimbabwe, two men implicated in the killing of Cecil were in court Wednesday. In Bloomington, Dr. Walter Palmer was referring his patients to other dentists for the time being.
A big-game hunter from the Twin Cities acknowledged Tuesday that he killed a beloved lion in Zimbabwe with a bow and arrow, but said he regrets what he did.
A big-game hunter from the Twin Cities acknowledged Tuesday that he killed a beloved lion in Zimbabwe with a bow and arrow, but said he regrets what he did and believed that his guides were leading him on a legal hunt.
The Minnesota Lottery is expected to send a record amount of money to the state this year, executive director Ed Van Petten said Monday, although…
The federal Children's Bureau is withholding more than $755,000 in child-protection funding from Minnesota because too many kids are re-entering the foster-care system.
Hennepin County will soon be adding more than 100 workers and set up an oversight committee.
Outside report found that Hennepin County workers screen out most cases, a stark contrast to many other child protection agencies.
Hennepin County moves to make 98 new hires.
That supervision had been in place since November, when police briefly removed Corrianah Wright and her six siblings from their parents' Brooklyn Park home. One of the children had severe injuries consistent with child abuse.
Advocates for the state's notification law say they are putting their own interests above the rights of the child, who would be better served with an Indian family.
The governor also approved $52 million to hire more workers and boost services for abused kids.
The Star Tribune identified 56 children since 2005 who died from maltreatment in Minnesota, even though they or their caregivers were previously known to child protection. The names were obtained through state and county child welfare records, court documents and medical examiner reports.
The feds are eyeing changes to keep more families intact.
Samantha and Gianna Rucki ran away from their Lakeville home in April 2013 amid their parents' bitter divorce and have been missing ever since.
On a 30-degree day two years ago, teenage sisters Gianna and Samantha Rucki ran away from their Lakeville home. They've been missing ever since.
Ruling ends two-year legal battle between agency, Star Tribune.
Family Alternatives appealed decision, despite rape of girl, 12.
Records show that too many abused foster children in Minnesota are returned to their parents too quickly, suffer more maltreatment and end up back in foster care.
The state Department of Human Services has revoked the license of the foster home where 6-year-old Kendrea Johnson died last December, as well as the license of the agency that placed the girl in the home.
In wake of high-profile case, task force backs major changes to child protection system.
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