Madeleine Baran Feature Archive

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)
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)