Madeleine Baran Feature Archive

The city of St. Paul has hired a criminalist with nearly two decades of experience to run the struggling police crime lab. (05/03/2013)
House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill that extends the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse to sue abusers and institutions that failed to protect them. (05/01/2013)
The mistake that sent two stillborn babies from the Regions Hospital morgue in St. Paul to a Red Wing laundry appears to be the result of inadequate labeling of fetal remains. Employees at Crothall Laundry Services discovered the first stillborn baby earlier this month. (04/29/2013)
A Minnesota group is traveling across the Arctic region of Canada this month to gather stories about the effects of climate change. (04/23/2013)
More than 500 Minnesotans were among the thousands who ran the Boston Marathon today. One of those who narrowly escaped deadly explosions was Hennepin County Judge Jay Quam. (04/15/2013)
A bill that would allow victims of child sexual abuse more time to file civil lawsuits was approved by the Minnesota House Judiciary Committee this afternoon. (03/20/2013)
The Minnesota Child Victims Act goes before the House Judiciary Committee today. It faces opposition from the Minnesota Religious Council, a lobbying group that represents many of the largest religious organizations in the state. (03/20/2013)
A Dakota County judge has ruled that evidence from the troubled St. Paul police crime lab can be reliably retested by another lab. (03/18/2013)
The proposed legislation was prompted by concerns about faulty work at the unaccredited St. Paul police crime lab, which suspended drug testing last year after defense attorneys in Dakota County exposed the lab's failure to follow basic scientific procedures. (03/13/2013)
Former Shattuck-St. Mary's teacher Lynn Seibel, speaking publicly for the first time, said he is not guilty of sexually abusing students at the Faribault boarding school. In a jail interview with MPR News on Saturday, Seibel said he prays he will be acquitted and can return to his life as an actor in California. (03/13/2013)
A former state psychiatrist has filed a lawsuit accusing the Minnesota Department of Human Services and two officials of defaming his reputation and violating the state's data privacy law. (03/07/2013)
The following is a timeline of the events that led to Lynn Seibel being charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct related to his alleged actions while teaching at Shattuck-St. Mary's, a private boarding school in Faribault, Minn. (03/05/2013)
A former Shattuck-St. Mary's teacher appears in court this week in Faribault to face charges of sexual abuse. Lynn Seibel is accused of abusing six male students at the Faribault boarding school from 1999 to 2003. The school claims it knew nothing of the alleged crimes. An MPR News investigation shows several teachers did know about some of Seibel's behavior but failed to tell police. The insular nature of the private boarding school is one reason the former teacher gained access to children, and school officials took few steps to prevent the alleged abuse. (03/05/2013)
Hundreds of people in Minnesota with mental illness remain stuck in state-run psychiatric facilities for months or years after they are ready to leave, according to a report released today by the state Office of the Legislative Auditor. (02/27/2013)
A judge has granted a defense request to reopen the hearing that exposed shoddy work by the St. Paul police crime lab. (02/22/2013)