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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.
Ruling says the law in Dayton, Minn., clashes with state law and public interest.
In just the past three days, nearly three dozen people have packed their belongings and moved to a gated compound of large heated tents that will serve as a temporary shelter until more stable housing can be found.
The gift is the largest ever received by Simpson Housing Services, which will use the money to help homeless families obtain stable housing.
Aid workers will help them move into three large, heated tents that will serve as their temporary home until more permanent housing is found.
Mayor Jacob Frey and American Indian leaders made an impassioned plea for unity Sunday at a crowded public meeting, which was hastily called in response to complaints of harassment of aid workers at the camp in south Minneapolis.
Natives Against Heroin accused of dividing Indian community, impeding aid.
Inspectors found serious health and safety violations that pose "an imminent risk" to its residents.
Aid workers complain of harassment from volunteers
Representatives of the group's 90 congregations visited the Hiawatha encampment in October.
Parents' addictions are top reason for removing kids; a new law offers hope.
A massive outreach effort has helped reduce the population of the tent city by more than half since September.
Fire crews put up a large, heated tent across the street. City officials said the encampment is "not safe for people" and will close once a new site opens in mid-December.
Some at camp say they'll resist move to new shelter, despite mounting concerns and approaching deadlines.
Multiple tents caught fire Monday afternoon at an encampment along Hiawatha Avenue in south Minneapolis, where hundreds of homeless people have been living since late summer, fire officials said
The miniature houses, just a few hundred square feet each, would be cheap to build and highly affordable, appealing to the growing number of low-income people shut out of the metro area's housing market.
The death of Argentina Taylor has renewed calls to improve security at the camp.
An intensive effort has helped some people at the large south Minneapolis homeless encampment land housing.
Investigators say the alleged abuser offered her $700 to abort the pregnancy.
Doctors seek to fill a gap in the medical system by treating opioid addiction in the emergency room.
Cracks appeared in the building this summer after the start of excavation for a new building nearby. Tenants were given less than 72 hours' notice Friday to vacate the building.
The easy access to drugs makes staying sober difficult.
Parents, advocates claim racial bias in child protection system.
The rule, announced last weekend, would deny permanent residency to immigrants who have used public assistance in the past or are expected to do so in the future.
Natives Against Heroin razed tents thought to be used by heroin sellers at Mpls. site.
With backpacks and stethoscopes, mobile medics have treated dozens of people at the camp.
Jerry Lee Curry's lawyer has "doubts about his competency."
A decision by the Minnesota Supreme Court ends a prolonged legal battle over the future of one of the state's most violent sex offenders.
James Cross has built an army of volunteers prepared to risk their lives to confront drug dealers.
A second death linked to homeless camp was drug-related, family says.
Minneapolis city leaders want to relocate hundreds of people living at a large and growing homeless encampment in south Minneapolis to one or more provisional shelters with medical and social services by early October.
Alissa Skipintheday's sudden death highlights urgent needs at the swelling encampment, Indian leaders said.
Instead of driving everyone off, a coalition of agencies has flocked in to help, reflecting the unusual approach city officials and American Indian leaders are taking at the tent city near Hiawatha and Cedar.
Hope drove Nuria Arias, 32, and her three children to the Minneapolis home of the Rev. Ry Siggelkow and family.
Many people called Laubignat, who was a fixture at Nancy's Landing restaurant in Waconia, "the Professor."
Mayor Jacob Frey pledged to eliminate the encampment, which as doubled in size in recent weeks, by the end of September.
Patient was found unresponsive and died.
"Unprecedented" effort will offer assistance on housing, medical care, drug treatment.
The camp dwellers say they feel safer watching over each other in a large group than living scattered on the streets; they are determined to remain despite repeated attempts by the state to clear them out.
State reviewed and closed more than 3,000 unresolved cases alleging maltreatment in senior facilities.
A legal immigrant could be denied a temporary visa or permanent residency through a green card if they use Medicaid, food stamps, low-income tax credits and other state and federal social service programs, local officials warn.
This is the second death in 8 months tied to neglect at the assisted-living residence.
Nancy Omondi says she was fired three days after she filed a formal complaint alleging a pattern of harassment.
Prosecutors say Jerry Lee Curry's family history points to a "pattern of abuse" toward female relatives.
With a greenhouse and soccer fields, it is the first of three youth treatment centers designed to fill a critical gap in Minnesota's mental health system.
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