• Shiffer: State reports weed out medical pot growers' 'trade secrets'

    LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions proved to the state that they had the financial wherewithal, technical prowess and security procedures to process and sell medical cannabis to patients. But if you want to know the details, you’re out of luck. Updated Dec. 6, 2014

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  • A Web of Influence

    Spending in Minnesota politics may be best described as a web of influence. Nearly all of the state’s top political donors are related to each other in some fashion. Donations between PACs reveal a tightly knit network of groups.  Full storyFull story Updated Dec. 29, 2013

  • Breakdown: Minnesota's unraveling mental health system

    This investigative series examines failures in Minnesota’s mental health system that have left hundreds of psychiatric patients in limbo — many of them languishing in county jails, cycling through the criminal justice system and sinking deeper into dangerous psychoses.  Full storyFull story Updated Dec. 27, 2013

  • Special report: When nurses fail

    The Star Tribune is examining Minnesota’s oversight of nurses who violate standards of care and conduct. Over the past six months, the newspaper has analyzed thousands of records and interviewed more than 100 people about how the state protects the public from problem nurses.  Full storyFull story Updated May. 16, 2014

  • Coverage: Twin Cities archdiocese's struggles

    The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has filed for bankruptcy following a wave of clergy sex abuse lawsuits that it says it cannot pay for. The move freezes the lawsuits while allowing the archdiocese to develop a reorganization plan. The archdiocese faces more than 20 lawsuits from people who say they were sexually abused by priests. More than 100 other lawsuits are pending. Archbishop John Nienstedt has repeatedly said he will not resign, despite calls for him to step down.  Full storyFull story Updated Feb. 25, 2015

  • Young and Armed: The scourge of teen gun violence

    A river of guns flows through poor urban neighborhoods in the Twin Cities and across the country, guns that constantly swap hands, guns from a shadowy marketplace that's hard for investigators to shut down, guns that are cheap, plentiful and ever more deadly.  Full storyFull story Updated Apr. 8, 2013

  • Paying for prep sports

    There’s a reason a handful of schools from affluent suburbs, or well-endowed private schools, are winning an inordinate number of state team championships. Schools enjoying the most athletic success generally have booster organizations and corporate sponsors that are providing programs with the resources to succeed.  Full storyFull story Updated May. 29, 2013

  • The Day-Care Threat

    The number of children dying in Minnesota's licensed child-care facilities has risen sharply in the past five years, from incidents that include asphyxia, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and unexplained causes.  Full storyFull story Updated Mar. 15, 2015

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Read some of the the nation's best investigative reporting, including last year's Pulitzer Prize winners.

Seattle Times: In Washington state, government wastes millions to indefinitely lock up 280 sex offenders.

Columbus Dispatch: Domestic silence: the truth about abuse in Ohio.

Minnesota Public Radio: Minnesota: Weak on Bullying.

The New York Times: Federal regulators go easy on problems at aging nuclear power plants .

Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Inside Florida's insurance nightmare (2011 Pulitzer winner) .

The Washington Post: The Hidden Life of Guns.

Los Angeles Times: Public officials enrich themselves in California town (2011 Pulitzer winner).

Las Vegas Sun: Do No Harm: Surgical mishaps and preventable injuries plague Las Vegas hospitals.

Chicago Tribune: Deadly Neglect: How 13 children and young adults died at troubled group home.

Bloomberg: Education Inc. - For-profit colleges become $30 billion industry by targeting the vulnerable.

CNN: Investigating misconduct within the FBI.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Cashing in on Kids: Child-care scams in Wisconsin.

St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times: Under the Radar: How a fake charity collected millions by exploiting Navy veterans .

Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald: In Haiti, sexual exploitation of children rises after earthquake.

New York Times: The Burger That Shattered Her Life; Minnesota woman left paralyzed by tainted beef.