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Weeks of intense negotiation involving Dayton, GOP legislators and a coalition of senior organizations over a bipartisan deal collapsed over the weekend.
Past misdeeds of day-care providers fed mistrust, legislative inquiry
Legislators requested probe after TV report.
Key lawmaker calls a report of pilfered money going to overseas terrorists "extremely troubling."
Ruling will aggravate the state's shortage of youth psychiatric care.
Shortage of home health workers pushes the disabled into nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.
An emerging coalition of black parents, civil rights activists and state legislators is pushing for stronger parental rights and greater oversight of social service agencies.
In the civil rights suit, attorneys for a group of parents allege that Minnesota's child protection laws are overly broad.
The legislation is in direct response to a court decision earlier this year that permitted the full discharge of a 51-year-old sex offender who has admitted to molesting more than 30 boys and girls.
Appeals panel to decide if Thomas Ray Duvall is no longer a public danger.
NONFICTION: A daughter of Norwegian immigrants helped bring about change.
Police say male caregiver admitted to the assault.
It would correct what many child welfare advocates see as a long-standing gap in Minnesota's decentralized system for protecting vulnerable children.
The $20 million project was hailed by mental health advocates, state officials and many nearby residents, who packed a City Council hearing Monday to voice their support
Coalition swarms Capitol to push legislators to act.
The situation has reached a crisis point, officials said, with heating systems, roofs and other critical infrastructure failing at several centers.
In a report issued this week, state investigators determined that June Alice Thompson had died in her room last October, but her body was not found for two days because staff at her assisted-living facility — the Commons on Marice — failed to perform daily wellness checks as promised.
Expanded service in Minnesota to provide instant crisis counseling.
Nothing about Ann M. Wilhelmy appeared combative or controversial. The soft-spoken copy editor at the Star Tribune stood a mere 5 feet tall, and was…
The first comprehensive statewide survey finds segregation and low wages.
With deep pockets and an army of lobbyists, Minnesota's nursing home industry exerts powerful influence at the Legislature.
A Minneapolis man accused of raping, beating and torturing his twin daughters is scheduled to make a pretrial court appearance in late June in Hennepin…
First-of-its-kind study using electrical currents to boost motor skills shows promise.
A surge in complaints, including cases of criminal abuse and assault, caused state regulators to fall far behind.
Neighbors and relatives wonder why authorities didn't do more to rescue twin sisters who endured years of sexual abuse and neglect by their father.
Long-awaited findings are likely to fuel calls for reform to the state's troubled system for investigating abuse.
DHS has left too many to languish in jail, they say.
State had more than 3,000 unresolved cases alleging maltreatment in facilities.
Nurse found elderly man lying naked in the dark with filthy bandages, court complaint says.
Despite pleas, the proposed $20M residential treatment center in Forest Lake faces an uphill battle, and the city council delayed voting on it.
By July, many will get help in hours instead of weeks amid rising need with the nation's opioid epidemic.
Minnesota Senate committee chair says too many reports of abuse have "fallen through the cracks."
Health Dept. greatly accelerated review of outstanding maltreatment allegations.
Legislative probe uncovered widespread issues that require "immediate action."
"I think they thought we were old and frail and unable to speak up. But we were very determined to shake people up about this — and we did," said 85-year-old Janet Dahlquist.
Minnesota, like a handful of other states, does not license assisted-living facilities, which means that residents generally have no more rights and protections than renters in an ordinary apartment building.
Gov. Dayton has appointed former Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm to lead the Health Department, following highly publicized reports of breakdowns in senior home regulation.
A male caregiver who worked the overnight shift at a Sauk Rapids group home has been charged with sexually assaulting two female residents who were unable to report the assaults because of their disabilities.
Consumer work group was commissioned by Dayton in wake of Star Tribune probe.
The woman died a few weeks after being left on the floor for 10 hours.
State agency, prosecutors say Thomas Duvall is still fixated on violence.
Offenders have been cleared for release but the city of Dayton's ordinance is so restrictive that they have nowhere to go, lawsuit says.
Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper said a team of state officials is sorting through more than 2,300 reports of maltreatment in senior homes.
Parental drug abuse forces thousands into foster care.
Nearly 1,000 people have signed petition in less than 2 weeks.
Frances G. Fairbanks, who rescued the Minneapolis American Indian Center (MAIC) from financial straits in the 1980s and became an unrelenting advocate for Indian causes for nearly 40 years, died in October at a nursing home in south Minneapolis. She was 88.
Thomas Duvall, who was locked up for 30 years for violent rapes of teenage girls in the 1970s and 1980s, is now contrite, a panel of Minnesota judges ruled.
New directives call for rolling back federal penalties on nursing homes violating health and safety rules.
Indian women's group says center "can't go away."
If current trends continue, officials estimate more than 15,000 patients will be served by July, for one of the broadest expansions of the state's community mental health system in years.
For 35 years, the basement of Simpson United Methodist Church in the Whittier neighborhood of south Minneapolis has served as a much-needed sanctuary for people experiencing the trauma and stress of homelessness.
Days into new job, Dan Pollock pledges major reforms to Department of Health's policing of elder abuse.
Dr. Edward Ehlinger's resignation comes five weeks after the publication of a Star Tribune series on elder abuse.
Chronic chaos, dysfunction recounted at state office investigating elder abuse.
Hearing loss, often undetected, can lead to depression and cognitive decline, new research shows.
Whistleblower reprisal alleged at Health Dept.'s elder abuse division.
Treatment center failed to monitor her contact with an adult.
Highly valued in Minneapolis' American Indian community, but faced financial problems.
Designed for people with hearing and speaking disabilities — or when silence makes a difference.
"It's beautiful, isn't it?" says the woodworker, holding up a freshly carved stick. "I'm peeling back history with every draw of that knife."
In recent weeks this coalition, known as Elder Voice Family Advocates, has emerged from obscurity to play a central role in early efforts by the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton to reform Minnesota's troubled system for responding to violent crimes and other forms of abuse in senior homes.
He'll appoint AARP officials to lead reform efforts ahead of 2018 Legislature.
The federal agency that regulates nursing homes must take more aggressive steps to prevent and respond to violent crimes and other forms of abuse in senior care facilities, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Tuesday. In her letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she cited a five-day, Star Tribune special report.
Advocates say the case highlights deeper problems with the often-secretive response to elder crimes.
The eating disorder clinic will focus on patients with severe and dangerous eating disorders.
Prenatal alcohol exposure affects about 7,000 newborns in Minnesota each year, and its effects remain deeply misunderstood.
Sen. Karin Housley says problems outlined in Star Tribune investigation are "untenable."
PART 5 OF 5: A dedicated team of prosecutors, investigators and victims' advocates in San Diego County has made elder abuse a priority in the region's crime-fighting strategy.
PART 4: Across Minnesota, families who take complaints to the state Department of Health encounter dead ends and delays. Yet when they take their complaints directly to the management of their care homes, many find themselves facing retaliation.
Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday he would create a task force to deal with abuses in senior homes revealed in a Star Tribune series this week. "The senior care failures are really appalling," he said.
A current shelter at First Covenant Church is inside the Super Bowl security perimeter.
David Rikhus' work has led to more than 30 convictions and hundreds of thousands of dollars in recoveries for elderly victims.
lymouth attorney Mark Kosieradzki has a long history of multimillion-dollar legal victories, earning a reputation as one of the nation's most feared elder abuse litigators.
PART 3: Altercations between residents have grown more frequent and more serious in recent years as senior care facilities have allowed more seniors with psychiatric problems to live alongside frail elderly residents.
PART 2: Long delays in Health Department investigations leave many families in limbo, making it impossible for them to move on with their lives and eroding their faith in the state's ability to protect the elderly.
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