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.
North High principal Mauri Friestleben returning to finish year
The principal said Friday she had been fired from her role over her support of a student protest.
One dead, two injured in wrong-way crash on Hwy. 169
The crash occurred on Highway 169 early Sunday morning.
Campsites closed at Voyageurs National Park due to 'historic' water levels
All backcountry trails and campsites are closed, as well as many frontcountry sites.
Lawmakers reach agreement on tax cuts ahead of session's end
Lawmakers announced they had reached a deal on a tax bill Saturday ahead of the looming session deadline.
Victims of daytime drive-by shooting in Robbinsdale identified
The two men died after a hail of bullets struck a vehicle.
Source of 'loud explosion' in Brooklyn Park a mystery
The noise was investigated by police, but no source could be determined.
COVID: All Americans over 50 advised to get a second booster
Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise again as new COVID variants emerge.
2 Minnesotans inducted into White Castle's Hall of Fame
White Castle — it's what a man in Minneapolis and another in Woodbury, crave.
Video shows officers ended pursuit before fatal crash in Anoka
The crash occurred when the driver fled police during an attempted traffic stop in Coon Rapids.
6-year-old Eli Hart identified as boy found dead in car trunk
The kindergartner's father was trying to get full custody of his son.
Boy found dead in trunk of car in Mound was kindergartner
"It is horrifying and difficult to process a tragedy of this magnitude, especially in our close-knit community," the superintendent wrote.
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.
"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.
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.
Dept. of Corrections: Visitors can help reduce inmate recidivism
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.
Wis. man gets 11 years in prison for running down deer with snowmobile
Rory Kuenzi, 27, was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading no contest to animal mistreatment charges. Kuenzi is already in prison, serving time for killing a pedestrian while driving drunk.
New Minnesota law to bring gardens to state prisons
A new law taking effect in Minnesota next week means gardens may be popping up in the state's medium security prisons next spring. Glencoe Republican Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen is behind what he calls a "tough-love" law for offenders. Maintained by inmates, the gardens will produce food that will go to feed minimum-security unit inmates and families who get food from local food shelves.
2 more Minnesota prison inmates die after getting COVID-19
Since the pandemic began, eight COVID-positive inmates in Minnesota prisons have died.
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