Madeleine Baran Feature Archive

In an emotional and historic contest, Minnesota voters defeated the constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage on Tuesday, striking a blow to same-sex marriage opponents who had succeeded in passing ballot measures in 30 other states. (11/07/2012)
Rep. Michele Bachmann eked out a victory over DFL challenger Jim Graves. Meanwhile, six other incumbents won easily. Reps. Keith Ellison, Erik Paulsen, Betty McCollum, Tim Walz, Collin Peterson and John Kline all won re-election. (11/07/2012)
A Dakota County hearing that exposed problems with drug testing at the St. Paul Police crime lab concluded testimony today. (10/23/2012)
The case is one of more than a hundred in which evidence was sent to the state-run Bureau of Criminal Apprehension lab for retesting after the St. Paul crime lab suspended drug testing in July amid allegations of shoddy science. (10/22/2012)
A trove of some 14,500 pages from the Boy Scouts' so-called "perversion files" have been made public, and the files show that on numerous occasions local officials helped cover up abuse allegations. (10/18/2012)
The path through grief after much of his family died in a plane crash has been difficult, but in recent years, David Wellstone has re-entered public life. (10/17/2012)
A Shattuck-St. Mary's dorm director who killed himself in 2008 had sexual contact for two years with a female foreign student while he and his wife were having marital problems, according to public safety documents. (10/12/2012)
Organizers of the Anoka Halloween Parade denied the request of a gay youth group to walk in the parade, claiming that the maximum number of "walking units" had been reached, but records show organizers did not submit a request for a parade license until today. (10/10/2012)
Two nursing home employees were fired after an investigation found they neglected a patient and lied about a fall that caused the patient's death. (10/09/2012)
Organizers of an annual Halloween parade in Anoka denied a request from a gay youth group to walk in this year's parade. (10/09/2012)
Prosecutors dismissed a drug charge against a St. Paul woman in the first case dropped because of disputed work by the St. Paul Police crime lab. (10/09/2012)
A police search of the home of Accent Signage Systems shooter Andrew Engeldinger found medications commonly prescribed for depression and insomnia, according to a Minneapolis Police Department report. (10/08/2012)
Two employees tried to call 911 in the middle of the deadly shooting at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis last week, but the calls did not reach anyone, according to a police report released Friday. (10/06/2012)
A Richfield police officer shot a man at a home on the 6600 block of Park Avenue South Friday morning while responding to a 911 call about a man with a knife. . (10/05/2012)
A memorial service was held Thursday afternoon for UPS driver Keith Basinski, one of the five victims killed by a former employee of Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis last week. (10/04/2012)