Madeleine Baran Feature Archive

A powerful thunderstorm rumbled through Minnesota Sunday night, pounding communities in the west and south of the state with strong wind and hail, damaging homes and cutting power in some areas. (06/18/2012)
Recent cases of overturned convictions have alarmed attorneys, who worry they lack the right kind of training to detect problems with science in the courtroom. (06/14/2012)
A state licensing investigation has found a patient at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter suffered maltreatment when he was left naked in his room for about an hour after he violently threatened to rape and kill employees. (06/08/2012)
Stargazers around the world are setting up special telescopes and passing out cardboard eclipse glasses to view the once-in-a-lifetime celestial cameo of Venus passing in front of the sun. Here's how and where to see the event in Minnesota. (06/05/2012)
There are fewer than 40 Amur leopards living in the wild, and about 300 in captivity. Despite the bleak numbers, conservationists are hoping to save the big cats from extinction. Sylvia Klenzendorf of the World Wildlife Fund (06/02/2012)
Two Amur leopards, among the most endangered cats in the world, were born at the Minnesota Zoo on Tuesday. Zoo officials said the breeding efforts are a key part of the growing effort to save the Amur leopard from extinction. (06/01/2012)
A frantic search for a missing University of Minnesota telescope ended at a Texas truck wash on Wednesday night, but the trucker who disappeared with it for several days has offered no explanation to his now-former employer. (05/31/2012)
Some cell phone users will be able to receive free severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service beginning this Friday. (05/30/2012)
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)