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.
LIVE UPDATES: Dangerous storms move through Twin Cities
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Tornado watch issued in Twin Cities, southern Minnesota
The watch will remain in place until midnight.
Wild fox in Minnesota tests positive for highly contagious avian flu
This is the first confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a wild mammal in the state, the Department of Natural Resources said.
New COVID-19 testing site in St. Paul; 3 others to close as cases rise
Testing sites in Stillwater, Hutchinson, and St. Paul are closing as part of moves to adjust testing resources.
Charges: South St. Paul teen killed during apparent marijuana sale
The individual accused of killing Skelley is a 17-year-old from St. Paul.
Anthony Edwards among NBA stars in Adam Sandler's Netflix film, 'Hustle'
The Timberwolves point guard stars alongside other NBA players LeBron James, Trae Young, Juancho Hernangomez and more.
Armed man found barricaded inside Brooklyn Park home, negotiators on scene
An active police presence remains in the area as negotiators speak with the suspect.
17-year-old South St. Paul homicide victim is identified
The medical examiner determined that Skelley died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Tornado watch issued in Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska
Severe storms are expected to push into southwest Minnesota this afternoon.
Korean chicken chain Bonchon's 6th MN location set to open
The South Korean-based franchise has steadily increased its presence across the country.
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.
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.
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.
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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