From Sunday's paper
A court is keeping Isabelle Jessich in a nursing home even though a doctor says she's sane, sober and fit to leave. Is this how guardianship laws should work? Updated Apr. 20, 2011
They're supposed to be helping those who can no longer make decsions for themselves. But too often, Minnesota's court-appointed guardians and conservators are making things worse for their wards. They steal their money. They ignore their needs. Despite well-documented abuses, the profession remains largely unregulated.
The former headquarters of Alternate Decision Makers Inc., stands in an industrial area of north Minneapolis.
The year since then has been a swirl of investigations, audits and court hearings. More signs of wrongdoing by Grisham emerged. A necklace that belonged to the estate of a deceased Minneapolis woman was sold for $1,500. Another woman lost nearly $16,000 in Krugerrands, the famous gold coins from South Africa.
The case of Terri Ann Hauge, charged with bilking 10 vulnerable adults, shows the flaws in selecting and monitoring conservators.
Eileen Nelson held a photo of her husband, Scott Nelson
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar talked with Deanna Van de North after Van de North addressed a discussion group Wednesday on shortcomings in the guardianship system, and how they affected her dying mother. Klobuchar has introduced legislation to address such shortcomings nationally.
Daughter tells how she was unable to bid farewell to her dying mother because of interference from court-appointed caretaker.
An occasional series examining special education in Minnesota’s public schools, where the sharp increase in students who have serious disabilities has brought soaring costs, profound challenges and often controversial new methods for educating them.