Madeleine Baran Feature Archive

Here are some answers to questions about recreational vehicles under Minnesota law. (04/02/2012)
The Office of the Legislative Auditor has launched a review of the hiring policies of the Minnesota Department of Human Services after an MPR News report found lapses in the hiring of David Proffitt to head the state's largest facility for the mentally ill and dangerous. (04/02/2012)
If the Department of Human Services had conducted a more rigorous search, it could have uncovered a trail of employee complaints, licensing violations, questionable educational credentials, and an arrest for domestic violence. (03/30/2012)
A patient at the Minnesota Security Hospital, the state's largest facility for the mentally ill and dangerous, died yesterday, state officials confirmed Thursday. (03/29/2012)
David Proffitt, the controversial former administrator of the state's largest facility for the mentally ill and dangerous, agreed to resign yesterday after an investigation found he made comments that staff found inappropriate and threatening. (03/28/2012)
David Proffitt, the head of the state's largest hospital for the mentally ill and dangerous, has resigned at the request of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the agency said Tuesday. (03/27/2012)
Ramsey County elections manager Joe Mansky says local officials lack the resources to implement the proposed voter ID amendment. Mansky, who opposes the amendment, said it would complicate the process of counting ballots from voters who register at their polling place on Election Day. (03/22/2012)
GOP state lawmaker Tony Cornish criticized law enforcement officials Tuesday for helping defeat a bill that would have expanded the rights of gun owners to use deadly force in self defense. (The Daily Circuit, 03/06/2012)
The world at the Minnesota Security Hospital is tense and sometimes violent. The state-run facility provides treatment to nearly 400 adults deemed mentally ill and dangerous by the judicial system. (02/28/2012)
The Minnesota Security Hospital shows little sign of turning around a trend of worsening problems and new tensions that have surfaced, according to employees interviewed by MPR News and previously unreleased data from the state Department of Human Services. (02/28/2012)
Long-time Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein said Friday he will resign from the county board in June to accept a position as CEO and president of the Minneapolis Downtown Council. (02/24/2012)
The king and queen of Sweden will visit Minnesota in October, the American Swedish Institute announced Friday. (02/24/2012)
A quick, coordinated effort by Twin Cities-area social service agencies has saved housing subsidies for 45 homeless youth. (02/24/2012)
Crews worked Tuesday morning to repair damage to the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge in Minneapolis, but city officials said it's too soon to say when Hiawatha Avenue, the bridge, and a nearby light rail stop will reopen. (02/21/2012)
An extensive review of Ramsey County chief medical examiner Michael McGee's handling of a rural murder case has found no serious concerns with the work or credibility of the long-time medical examiner, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said Thursday. (02/16/2012)