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Debtors' prisons were abolished in the19th century, but people in Minnesota are routinely being thrown in jail for failing to pay their debts. Such aggressive tactics are typical in today's collection industry, where companies can sue without proof and and sometimes hire ex-cons to collect.
Each year in Minnesota, about 1,800 convicted criminals become fugitives. Some commit serious crimes while on the run from state and local agencies with few resources devoted to finding them. This series examines the failures of Minnesota's supervised-release program.
Home builders are routinely allowed to break the rules on shoreline development. Polluters are allowed to keep polluting. And clean-up efforts are falling short. While public officials are trying to save Minnesota's iconic lakes, their efforts are undercut by a lack of federal mandates.
The collapse in real estate values is taking a toll on Minnesota’s small banks and credit unions. Regulators have seized and closed two banks since 2008, with dozens on a secret watch list - and banking officials say more will fail. That could have big implications for Minnesota’s economy.
Water is needed in vast amounts to keep the animals and plants thriving at the Minnesota Zoo. It starts in aquifers deep under Apple Valley and ends with Allan Maguire who adds a dash of "Instant Ocean," turns the crank and -- presto -- makes a home where exotic ocean fish and mammals thrive.