MPR News reports new data suggests that inmates who have visitors -- like family members and clergy -- can reduce their chances of recidivism by as much as 13 percent. The biggest hurdle is helping the 40 percent of prisoners who receive no visitors at all.
Ex-hockey standout from Minneapolis reported missing
She was last seen December 1.
Art Shanty Projects to return to Lake Harriet this winter
The festival has made some creative changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
After 'extraordinary' revenue growth, MN projects $7.7B surplus
But finance officials note there is still "significant risk" due to economic uncertainty.
Deputy Chief Amelia Huffman named interim chief of the Minneapolis PD
She lives in Uptown and has been with the MPD for 27 years.
Twin Cities radio DJ who worked extensively with Prince dies
He was an icon in the Twin Cities hip-hop scene.
Deputy injured when fleeing suspect crashes into his vehicle
The 34-year-old deputy was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.
Vineeta Sawkar named as WCCO Radio’s new morning host
She succeeds the legendary Dave Lee, who retired earlier this year.
Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, December 7
The latest from the state health department.
Footloose! Duluth scraps Prohibition-era ban on unlicensed dancing
Establishments had to have a license to allow the public to dance.
2 armed suspects rob victim at U of M concert hall
The two suspects pointed guns at the victim.
Nine police agencies called in for crowd control after 2 shot in West St. Paul
Police say a large group "attempted to take control" of part of the crime scene.
Study says controversial prison ministry keeps inmates from re-offending
A new report suggests a Christian-based program is helping inmates leave prison and find housing and work. And a prison official tells MPR those benefits come at no cost to taxpayers. But some critics charge the program is taking advantage of vulnerable adults; others say it creates a separate class of inmates who get special benefits.
Inmates help train puppies into service dogs at Duluth prison
Four puppies are on their way to becoming service dogs thanks to the efforts of a Twin Cities program and the Federal Prison Camp in Duluth. Through the program Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs, or PawPADs, inmates will take two years to train the puppies in to disability dogs to help diabetics and the physically handicapped.
Report: Leper mingled with other state inmates
The medical director for the state Department of Corrections told the Star Tribune prison medical staff failed to quarantine a prisoner with a history of leprosy who had visible lesions. The offender was held in the general population in prisons at St. Cloud and Rush city for nearly two months this spring, exposing prison staff and hundreds of inmates to the communicable disease.
Minn. prisons to let inmates get email
Minnesota prisons are joining other states nationwide that are allowing inmates to receive emails. MPR reports that the emails, which began this week, are coordinated by Iowa-based Advanced Technologies Group, which sends the emails to prison mailrooms. The messages are then printed out by staff members and delivered along with regular mail.
Duluth to visitors: C'mon in, the water’s gone
Duluth is accessible and very much open for the tourists it depends on every summer, city officials say. But there has been a deluge of visitor cancellations, and the tourism industry is battling the misconception that the city is not safe after record flooding last week. Those impressions linger even though 99 percent of the community is in decent condition and unsafe areas are barricaded, Mayor Don Ness said.
State Dept. of Health says Minnesota reaches school vaccination goals
The Minnesota Department of Health is encouraged by new numbers from federal officials regarding early childhood vaccinations. Data from 2011 in a new survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that an estimated 96 percent of Minnesota children ages 19 to 35 months were vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella through last year, which the state says is better than the national average.
"Million-dollar inmates" on the rise in Minnesota prisons
More than a tenth of Minnesota's prison population is 50 years or older. Many of them who need expensive medical treatments for things like diabetes, cancer and heart disease are referred to as "million-dollar prisoners." The Star Tribune reports the Corrections Department has tripled its medical budget over the past 10 years in order to provide offenders with proper medical care.
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