Madeleine Baran Feature Archive

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)
State Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr called on lawmakers Thursday to approve an increase to hunting and fishing licenses (04/19/2012)
The legal battle over the conviction of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. for the fatal kidnapping of college student Dru Sjodin is unlikely to be resolved any time soon, recent court documents indicate. (04/18/2012)
A 59-year-old man died at the Minnesota Security Hospital on Sunday, the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Tuesday. (04/17/2012)
A new report claims U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo are preying on low-income customers by offering short-term loans with steep fees. (04/17/2012)
A proposal to move up Minnesota's walleye fishing opener by a week is expected to be voted down today in the state senate. (04/17/2012)
A concern about worker safety has prompted the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration to inspect the Minnesota Security Hospital, a state-run facility that provides psychiatric treatment for nearly 400 adults deemed mentally ill and dangerous. (04/13/2012)
State officials say the former head of the state's largest facility for people deemed mentally ill and dangerous is still receiving a state paycheck. (04/12/2012)
Kansas Highway Patrol investigators are still trying to determine what caused a motor home crash on April 1 that killed five members of a Minnesota family and injured 13 others. (04/11/2012)
The St. John's University board has chosen economics professor Michael Hemesath as its new president, marking the first time a non-clergy member has held the top position at the 155-year-old institution. (04/10/2012)
Here are some answers to questions about recreational vehicles under Minnesota law. (04/02/2012)