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Recommendations include statewide model policy, specialized training.
In Minnesota, half of sex assault cases police send to prosecutors never result in charges. Prosecutors reject cases that include DNA evidence, witnesses, and sometimes even confessions, records show.
Inadequate training for police who investigate sexual assaults, along with poor staffing and high turnover, plagues many police departments across the state – resulting in fewer charges against suspected offenders.
POST Board will prepare officer training standards and a model policy for sex assault investigations.
Police are less likely to interview witnesses, assign cases to a detective or forward them to a prosecutor if the victim was drinking, according to a Star Tribune analysis. When cases involving alcohol do reach prosecutors, suspects are much less likely to be charged with a crime or convicted.
The Hennepin County attorney said he was surprised at how many cases seem to go nowhere.
Licensing agency chief plans actions to improve statewide accountability.
Minneapolis mayor was responding to a report showing chronic failings in sex assault investigations in Minnesota.
Lawmakers, prosecutors respond to report on breakdowns in assault investigations.
A Star Tribune examination of more than 1,000 recent sexual assault cases shows pervasive failings by law enforcement — neglecting to interview witnesses, collect crucial evidence, or conduct criminal background checks on suspects. Many cases were never even assigned to an investigator.
More than 160 people have died in forceful encounters with law enforcement in Minnesota since 2000.
The new law gives agencies 60 days to submit kits and requires victim updates.
All Minnesota law agencies would be required to establish rules.
Appeals Court upholds Richfield's firing of officer.
An Eden Prairie couple helped give students access to the Great Lake, but the North Woods center is $2.3 million short of its fundraising goal to make it happen.
A bill in the state House would set statewide standards for processing sexual assault evidence kits after untested backlog revealed in 2015.
The trail of debts and ill will left by a Pennsylvania events management company has some Minnesota participants in its fundraisers crying foul.
New reporting system, changes in culture needed, the report found.
Domestic assault, DUI will now trigger a license review for Minn. officers.
Rare appeal tests the power of public employee arbitration and handling of police misconduct.
The DNR is selling off less-desirable parcels, but demand has been slow.
Recommendations follow a Star Tribune series on police misconduct.
Court filing cracks open 3M's internal research on PFCs, raises new questions about risks for residents.
Two Minnesota lawmakers announce they will resign on same day following harassment allegations that reverberated at State Capitol.
Rep. Tony Cornish, facing allegations at the State Capitol, was accused of aggressive behavior toward his ex-wife in 1990.
"I believe he should resign" and apologize, says the former GOP House speaker.
Late Thursday, House Speaker Kurt Daudt suspended Sen. Tony Cornish's chairmanship and called for a human resources investigation of the allegations, which Cornish denies.
Benedicta Hernandez, an accountant from the Philippines embarking on a new life, was the first of her family to land in the Twin Cities in…
Despite video of incident, officer won twice in court.
Officers with convictions – which might have cost them their careers in other states – can exploit weaknesses in Minnesota's licensing rules to keep their jobs.
Board chief says there's "potential for some change" in light of Star Tribune series.
In Oregon, police officers can be disciplined for infractions that wouldn't even trigger a state review here. The northwestern state has become a national model for rigorous licensing, with lessons for Minnesota in police accountability and improving public confidence.
The agricultural workhorse river has been the focus of intense efforts since the 1970s to improve its water quality; close to $1 billion has been spent on it. But it's unclear whether that has paid off.
Over the past two decades, hundreds of Minnesota law enforcement officers have been convicted of criminal offenses. Most were never disciplined by the state. More than 140 are still on the job.
The state rarely sanctions police officers in domestic violence cases, a glaring weakness that police chiefs and victim advocates say needs to change.
St. Paul's Chris Coleman says a project related to the Ford site could be among those packaged for investors.
The MPCA says the air at Crossroads Elementary Science and Montessori School is not contaminated, and vapor mitigation is being installed.
The former police chief stood by the training of officer Mohamed Noor, who shot and killed Justine Damond. But not everyone is sold on the process.
As the tallgrass prairie has disappeared across much of Minnesota, the Dakota skipper has nearly vanished. Researchers at the Minnesota Zoo have been breeding Dakota skippers in captivity, and now, for the first time, the butterfly is being reintroduced into the wild.
The legislative auditor finds the credit doesn't pay for itself, but the increase is still being sought.
It's the latest change at Giants Ridge after an unflattering audit in 2016.
Environmental groups want to block a deal with the mining company proposed by the U.S. Forest Service.
White-nose syndrome has killed thousands of bats across Minnesota.
Proposal to ban mining on 234,000 acres of national forest open for scrutiny.
Recent threats against Jewish sites led over 200 from many beliefs to gather in St. Paul to denounce hate.
The audit, released at a Senate Taxes Committee meeting, leaves lawmakers to digest the implications of a somewhat rudderless tax break that some have recently proposed enlarging.
State auditor to release report on effectiveness.
Plans public meetings across the state to gather ideas.
The former state senator formed one-third of a storied trio of siblings in Minnesota politics, the DFL clan from the Iron Range that included George Perpich and the late Rudy Perpich, Minnesota's longest-serving governor.
New MPCA report is the state's first comprehensive look at the entire upper Mississippi
Defamation settlement is not enough, says seminary owner.
The highly anticipated state-federal deal will provide $350 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and $150 million in state funds.
State sides with police after Alexandria family alleges dad faced discrimination.
The people of Hendricks, Minn., thought they had won the feedlot war two years ago when they sued to stop a mega-dairy slated for a…
In a major victory for environmentalists, the federal government said it will not renew the expired mineral leases of Twin Metals Minnesota, saying its proposed copper-nickel mine near Ely poses too great a risk of contaminating the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Environmentalists said they are satisfied by new steps to regulate Minnesota plants.
Levi Lindemann stole $1.9 million from clients, including friends and relatives.
Convicting police officers of murder or manslaughter in fatal on-duty shootings is difficult.
More than 140 people have died in forceful encounters with law enforcement in Minnesota since 2000.
Theo Bronkhorst helped Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer track the lion.
Voter turnout dropped in Minnesota, yet it was strong enough that the state has likely regained its No. 1 spot.About 74 percent of eligible voters…
A grand jury decided the deadly force was justified; Kong's family says he posed no threat.
Blayne Lehner to get an unpaid suspension of 40 hours over use of force.
A look at 35 years of data on assaults and killings of police officers in Minnesota shows the answer isn't exactly clear.
Racial earnings gap persists, but some see signs of progress.
In the Wetterlings' hometown, their neighbors expressed sadness and relief.
Minnesota's approach contrasts sharply with states such as Ohio, whose attorney general pushed to ship all old rape kits for analysis. More than 500 defendants have been indicted as a result.
The traffic ticket data are incomplete but don't signal extreme racial profiling.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez was also one of the two officers assigned to work the July 2 armed robbery of a Lauderdale convenience store.
His lawyer sought care over jail, but judge said accountability needed.
Critics say "survival" seminar fosters paranoid mind-set, but firm defends approach as balanced.
Citing active investigation, St. Anthony won't make squad car evidence public.
John Birkeland, who had a history of mental illness and had stabbed a police dog, was fatally shot in February.
The number of emergency room visits, mostly from young people, especially men, have been increasing in recent years.