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For a second day, American Indian activists occupied the site of a once-sprawling homeless encampment, insisting they will not leave until local officials address their demands for more emergency shelter beds.
Despite city's efforts, more must be done to help the homeless, leaders say.
Rather than helping develop care plans that would allow disabled Minnesotans to live in their homes, counties continue to steer thousands into facilities that promote dependency and isolation.
The department is trying to collect $9 million from counties for mistakes it made.
They're the first major leadership appointments as Commissioner Jodi Harpstead rebuilds trust.
Jodi Harpstead pledged to strengthen internal controls and form an outside advisory council that will include Bill George, the former Medtronic CEO who was once Harpstead's boss.
Prosecutors sought a tough sentence because of the victim's prolonged suffering and vulnerability.
Unlike many anti-abuse campaigns, which reduce victims to impassive caricatures, "Treat People Like People" features people with disabilities as fully actualized humans, with voices and dreams of their own.
Both victims have significant intellectual and mental disabilities, according to a criminal complaint.
The operator's license has been suspended.
What was $48 million in improper payments to chemical dependency treatment providers has now grown into a more expensive problem as the Minnesota Department of Human Services revealed additional failures Monday.
A member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, she continued to provide outreach to patients at the hospital until just days before her death.
Legislators leveled stinging criticism at state agencies at a hearing on mismanagement of financial contracts that led to nearly 1,800 violations of state law over the past year.
A top official at the Minnesota Department of Human Services told the legislative auditor that overpayments to two Indian bands are just "one example" of wider dysfunction in the agency's oversight of millions of dollars.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services violated state law with $52 million in contracts and grant commitments to vendors, Indian bands and other state government agencies without proper documentation, according to records.
A $600 million system was supposed to streamline aid for people with disabilities. But instead it's a giant mess.
Jodi Harpstead pledged to fix gaps in oversight that led to tens of millions of dollars in overpayments.
Legislative auditor said the $29 million in overpayments to two Indian bands for opioid treatment was "inexcusable" and called for deep reforms at DHS.
The legislative auditor expresses concern and is monitoring the situation.
DHS said 1,300 people have lost their coverage since the state's new asset-verification policy went into effect last month. Hundreds more are at risk of losing coverage as the agency rolls out the new system statewide through next spring.
Fort Snelling was a site of suffering, trauma for Dakota families in 1860s.
Stacey Vogele was weaving through rush-hour traffic in her white SUV, searching for the house of Sam, a 21-year-old with Down syndrome and developmental delays.…
A few hours can shape the rest of the year for Minnesota families. High-stakes disability assessments deliver critical help, or despair.
Manslaughter is among the charges brought against staff and owner of Chappy's Golden Shores in Hill City, Minn.
With families desperate, thousands are uprooting themselves in Minnesota because they can't get the help they need where they live.
Emily and David Gold keep the small bedroom where their daughter Lizzie once lived exactly as she left it. Her favorite flowered dress hangs on…
Segal founded and led the first nationally accredited pathology lab in the Twin Cities at what is now Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.
Mohamed (Mourssi) Alfash, who worked within the Office of the Inspector General, alleges he was pushed out soon after he began raising the concerns.
Nearly 8,000 people will receive housing support under the new Medicaid benefit.
Documents suggest DHS knew about Medicaid overpayments in 2015.
Leech Lake Ojibwe refuse to repay $13.3 million in alleged overbillings.
The overpayments, made over a period of five years, were made to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the White Earth Nation to provide Suboxone, a medication used to treat opioid dependency.
Sylwia Pawlak-Reynolds has refused to return to the U.S. from Poland to face questioning, citing a fear of being imprisoned and separated from her infant son, who remains under her care in Poland.
Faye K. Bernstein said she raised alarms about the legality of contracts at the social services agency. Lawmakers have renewed calls for breaking up the Minnesota Department of Human Services amid leadership disarray.
Residents expressed overwhelming relief that no one came to harm.
Claire Wilson and Charles Johnson rescinded their resignations.
State's Human Services head quits after 2 top deputies resigned.
The abrupt departures of two veteran administrators set up an early test of the leadership of Commissioner Tony Lourey.
Moga and his wife, Moira, who died early this year, emerged as intellectual leaders of the local antiwar movement during the 1960s and beyond.
Minnesota lawmakers have approved the broadest expansion of the state's oversight of the long-term care industry in generations.
A far-reaching agreement is widely expected to become law this session after two years of contentious deliberations, hearings and protests.
Law enforcement agencies have launched multiple investigations on incidents at a Hill City facility.
Investigators determine a female staff member molested three youths.
"One stop" services could expand in Minnesota – or lose their funding entirely.
The assisted-living industry has mushroomed in recent years, but Minnesota's consumer protections have not kept pace with these changes, exposing residents to serious harm and premature deaths, according to state records.
State officials are seeking broad new powers to combat fraud, monitor day care providers.
It's the third cyberattack against the agency in a year.
Martin N. Kellogg, a visionary conservationist whose love for pristine wilderness inspired him to play a leading role in the creation of two iconic Minnesota…
The case has spawned a bitter battle in Hennepin County court, drawn criticism from national child welfare advocates and is now attracting attention from authorities of Poland, who worry that her rights to a fair trial are being violated.
Proposed legislation comes on heels of audit reporting illegal overbilling.
Pervasive questionable payments found in Minnesota's child-care assistance program.
Program for low-income families could get closer monitoring for overbilling, kickbacks.
They are criminal probes, he said, and belong in the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Nearly 3½ years after top state officials pledged to embrace integration, thousands are still living segregated and isolated lives.
The "prayer scarf carriers," as they call themselves, have become models of sobriety and resilience in local Native communities.
Responding to a rising volume of complaints, he proposes immediate fines and more frequent inspections.
A Minneapolis father has pleaded guilty to sexually and physically assaulting his twin teenage daughters and endangering a third child who lived in the home.
A goal that once seemed unattainable — securing safe and stable housing for every veteran known to be homeless — is now within reach.
A new bill strives to balance resident privacy with need to prevent maltreatment and monitor care in senior facilities.
Police say he made a weapon using a razor blade, a toothbrush, dental floss and rubber bands.
Investigations are faster, complaint backlogs have plummeted.
Local police said they are investigating the alleged assault at Chappy's Golden Shores in Hill City, which has since closed.
Minn. health commissioner unveils plan for tougher state oversight of assisted-living facilities for seniors
Health commissioner says assisted-living industry is too lightly regulated in Minnesota, leaving seniors at risk.
Not even 5 feet tall, DeMoully is remembered as a giant in the schools where she taught and served as a principal for nearly five decades.
As many as eight residents suffered overdoses on one day, illustrating the struggle to run a safe, lawful site without driving away homeless people who struggle with serious addiction.
Attorneys say decision will help address racial bias in child protection system.
The indefinite government shutdown is tightening its grip on federal workers, their families and local economies.
Seven cities say cleanup of carcinogenic chemicals should rest with manufacturers.
The $2.75 billion plan would dramatically reduce the amount of land in the Fargo-Moorhead area that would be at risk during a major flood of the Red River.
GoldPine Home resident died from head injuries.
Overdoses like the one on Christmas Eve are a reminder that much remains the same in this small community of homeless men and women.
135 people moved to the temporary heated shelters across the street.
Federal officials opened a path for a second mine just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
The licensing of assisted-living facilities will be a top priority of consumer groups.
City officials hope the once-crowded camp will be empty by week's end.