A federal magistrate Wednesday ordered the creation of a task force to examine Minnesota's sex offender program in response to the filing of a class-action lawsuit by sex offenders in the state's civil commitment program. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the program, which allows the state to continue holding sex offenders beyond their prison sentences if they're regarded as dangerous.
Hospital chiefs say nursing strike will come at 'worst possible time'
A nurses union announced an almost three-week strike to take place in the Twin Cities.
Sven Sundgaard: What's in store for MN's weather in December?
Sundgaard recaps Minnesota's fall and looks ahead to December.
Brooklyn Park: 2 arrested after shots from 'ghost' gun killed teen, injured another
Syoka Siko died in the shooting.
Manure spill in Wisconsin leads to hours-long main street disruption
The spill was first reported just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Ice Cube to perform 2 nights at Mystic Lake Casino
The rapper hasn't performed in Minnesota since 2018.
Target's annual 10% sale on gift cards will be held this weekend
You can get a $500 gift card for $450.
Nicollet Mall's new Ties Lounge & Rooftop closes 'indefinitely'
The establishment aimed to reconnect the downtown community.
Man steals car with kids inside, father tracks them down using thief's vehicle
Police said no arrests have been made as of Thursday.
Chinese restaurant closing after 50 years in Columbia Heights
The beloved family-owned restaurant will close Dec. 24.
Kris Laudien leaving KARE 11 after four years on 'Sunrise'
KARE 11 announced the appointment of Jason Hackett to the morning show this week.
MN's COVID update for the week ending Tuesday, Nov. 29
There are now more than 570 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Minnesota.
Twin Cities nurses to strike for 20 days starting Dec. 11
A strike in Duluth and Two Harbors doesn't have an end date set.
Court challenge of Sex Offender Program certified as class action
A case arguing that Minnesota's Sex Offender Program is unconstitutional is now a class action lawsuit. There are 600 offenders in the program. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank ruled that considering each case separately would be a drain on resources.
Minnesota hires new chief of sex offender treatment program
Nancy Johnston has officially been named the new executive director for Minnesota’s Sex Offender program. The Mankato Free Press reports she will permanently oversee the treatment facilities in St. Peter and Moose Lake. Johnston took over as interim director when Dennis Benson retired in June.
Panel seeks reforms for handling state's sex offenders
Minnesota could better use technology to monitor sex offenders once they're released to the community, members of a task force said Thursday, the Star Tribune reports. The panel is trying to come up with reforms for the state's costly and controversial system for civilly committing sex offenders to treatment lockups after prison.
Testing Minnesota's controversial sex-offender program
Clarence Opheim is about to be the first patient released from the Minnesota sex-offender facility in St. Peter. He could move to a halfway-house as soon as Saturday. The convicted pedophile has spent the past 19 years in the sex-offender program. Republican leaders are concerned and don't want the 64-year-old released, even though a three-judge panel says he has completed treatment.
House votes to add notification requirement to releases from sex offender program
The House bill would apply to Clarence Opheim, who could be released from the sex offender program as early as this weekend. Existing law has no provision for notifying neighbors of the halfway house where he'll be living.
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