Madeleine Baran Feature Archive

Minnesota's top five spellers aced the second round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee today, with correct spellings of temerity, contrariant, habitus, Buddha, and gazette. (05/30/2012)
Heavy rains have pushed more water into the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities area, leading the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close three Minneapolis locks and dams to recreational boaters Tuesday. (05/29/2012)
The percentage of Minnesota children being cared for by extended family members and close family friends has doubled over the past ten years, a study says. (05/23/2012)
The Minnesota Supreme Court has reversed the conviction of a 17-year-old for the murder of her newborn child, in a sharply worded opinion that found prosecutors improperly tried to intimidate medical examiners who wanted to assist the defense. (05/23/2012)
Major road closures in the Twin Cities are expected to cause delays for motorists on I-94 and I-35E this weekend. (05/18/2012)
A spill at a sand mining facility in Wisconsin has dumped an unknown amount of sand and other sediment into the St. Croix River and wetlands near the Minnesota border, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources confirmed. (05/18/2012)
The Minneapolis Convention Center is opening its doors Monday for Project Homeless Connect, a one-day event designed to allow people who are homeless to access dozens of different services in one place. (05/14/2012)
The patient, Burton James Ewing, Jr., remains in custody at the Nicollet County Jail. (05/10/2012)
Authorities have located a patient who was reported missing yesterday from a state-run psychiatric treatment facility in St. Peter near a park where another patient allegedly stabbed his mother yesterday afternoon. (05/09/2012)
St. Peter police are searching for a missing patient at a state-run psychiatric treatment center. (05/08/2012)
The latest draft of the public works bonding bill released Thursday includes almost $4 million for the Minnesota Security Hospital -- $36 million less than what Gov. Mark Dayton had proposed spending earlier this year. (05/04/2012)
State licensing officials are scrutinizing a Duluth company that runs four group homes for adults with mental illness, after a state investigation found the facility neglected two clients in the hours leading up to their deaths, and a client turned over an audio recording of an employee berating clients, at one point telling them, "I am already in hell. I am here." (05/04/2012)
An employee at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter engaged in "emotional abuse" by calling a sex offender patient a "rapist," according to an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Human Services licensing division. (05/01/2012)
A proposal by Gov. Mark Dayton to fund a $40 million renovation of the state's largest facility for people declared mentally ill and dangerous has stalled at the state Capitol. (04/27/2012)
Top officials at the state Department of Human Services will have greater involvement in the oversight of state-operated mental health services under a restructuring plan announced Friday. (04/20/2012)