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Lakeville Parents Investigated for Child Endangerment Have History with Child Protective Services
Police arrested a father and mother from Lakeville after they and their two children were missing for days...
Police recovered the family's car Tuesday morning in a parking lot on 26th Street in South Minneapolis. Police say both parents and their children were inside the car. Police arrested 38-year-old Zachariah Wilson and 33-year-old Angela Robinson. They're being held in the Dakota County Jail on suspicion of child endangerment.
October 29, 2016
Aurora man's child abuse conviction overturned
The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed an Aurora man's child abuse conviction, finding that the evidence in the case was insufficient to prove that his infant daughter's injuries were deliberately inflicted.
The ruling -- essentially an acquittal -- overturns a St. Louis County jury's guilty verdict in the case of 34-year-old Cole Lyle Kjellberg. The jury in December 2013 convicted Kjellberg of third-degree assault, finding that he was responsible for head injuries suffered by 2-week-old Destinee Kjellberg. The infant sustained a skull fracture and brain hemorrhage while in her father's care on March 8, 2013, according to court documents.
May 26, 2015
Minnesota's New GMO Labeling Bill May Bring Down Monsanto
This Midwestern state may be the most unexpected victory for GMO labeling we have yet experienced, and it could really change Monsanto.
But in a move that could very well beat out states like California and New York in finally achieving a full-fledged GMO labeling law system, Minnesota legislatures have introduced brand new highly-backed GMO labeling legislation that is shaping up to be quite promising. Never before would you think that the battleground for GMO awareness and legislative overhaul would in fact take place at a St. Paul, Minneapolis court house, but that is exactly the current epicenter for the future decision that could impact states as far away as Florida and Texas.
February 5, 2015
Minnesota faces penalties for failed placements of foster children
Minnesota, which cut the number of kids in foster care, may face a fine for the number who bounce back. Inside the mice-infested house where Thomas Stone spent much of his childhood, there was a closet just big enough to hold a small boy and his pet cat.
On many nights, Stone would crawl there to hide from the sounds of his father's violent rampages. Stone recalls pleading with county social workers to move him to a different home. But each time he was removed to a nurturing foster-care family, he soon would be sent right back to his father's house in north Minneapolis.
February 9, 2014
GMO food labels would benefit Minnesota consumers
Lawmakers in Minnesota and nearly two dozen other states are considering whether to require labels on genetically engineered foods and seeds - also known as genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.
The United States is the biggest producer of biotech crops, and Americans who choose not to eat genetically engineered foods are reasonably asking for information that takes the guesswork out of buying groceries. Companion bills introduced in the state House (HF850) and Senate (SF821) last month await action in respective agricultural committees, which would be wise to support them.
April 1, 2013
Exxon Confirms 80,000-Gallon Spill Contains Canadian Tar Sands Oil | Alternet
The 20-inch Pegasus pipeline was carrying Wabasca Heavy crude from western Canada when it ruptured.
Crude oil ran through a subdivision of Mayflower, Ark., about 20 miles north of Little Rock. Twenty-two homes were evacuated, but no one was hospitalized, Exxon spokesman Charlie Engelmann said on Saturday.
March 31, 2013
White foster parents chosen to raise two toddlers over the black grandparents
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that a set of white foster parents should raise two toddler sisters instead of the black grandparents who have fought for them for three years.
Steven and Liv Grosser, from Plymouth, will now raise the girls instead of Dorothy and Lawrence Dunning after the court ruled relatives should get first consideration but not preference in adoptions. Princess and Dorothy Knox, who are now aged three and two, were placed with the Grossers after doctors found they both had traces of cocaine in their blood after they were born.
March 28, 2013
Missing Boy Found as Grown, Married Man | Video
Now, to the unraveling of a long, winding and weird custody battle. It's the story of a 24-year-old thought to be missing for decades. Now found, a grown, married man.
How did police track him down after all these years? And what happened here? Abc's john muller is on the story. Reporter: Dan, this case was so cold, indiana state police had to reopen it when the stepfather turned over his son's social security card a few months ago. It was that simple piece of information, a social security number, that led investigators to a 24-year-old whose name changed but whose license picture looked a lot like the 5-year-old boy who went missing. This is a lot for me to take in.
February 1, 2013
Video Report - Meet the Bourman kids: 11-year-old Miranda, 10-year-old Madisen, and 7-year-old Chas. On a typical day, they do their lessons upstairs at their house in Talmoon.
But during deer hunting season, they trade in their classroom for a very different one. Mom Tami keeps an eye on the kids progress, while dad Robert is on the lookout for that big buck.
November 8, 2012
State, MSU put $250,000 to public welfare studies
MANKATO - This semester, students are studying issues related to parents who are incarcerated, as well as their relationships with their children and how to still be involved in their lives.
And this is just one of many special projects happening in the Master of Social Work program at Minnesota State University thanks in part to a new graduate-level child welfare stipend program. The Minnesota Department of Human Services recently awarded a contract for $125,680 to the Master of Social Work program to establish a graduate level Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program.
October 22, 2012
Report: Boy Scout documents reveal repeat child abuse by sexual predators
LOS ANGELES - Internal documents from the Boy Scouts of America reveal more than 125 cases in which men suspected of molestation allegedly continued to abuse Scouts, despite a blacklist meant to protect boys from sexual predators.
A Los Angeles Times review of more than 1,200 files from 1970 to 1991 found suspected abusers regularly remained in the organization after officials were first presented with sexual misconduct allegations. Predators moved from troop to troop because of clerical errors, computer glitches or the Scouts' failure to check the blacklist, known as the "perversion files," the newspaper said.
August 9, 2012
Former Bachmann staffer sues campaign
A former staffer for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign filed suit Monday against Bachmann and her senior campaign staff, alleging emotional distress and a damaged reputation during the run-up to the Iowa caucuses.
The staffer, Barb Heki, who was the campaign's Homeschool Coalitions Director, says she was unjustly blamed during a flap last fall over the use of a list of thousands of homeschool families for campaign e-mails. Heki, based in Johnston, Iowa, says she and her husband lost their seats on the board of the Iowa homeschool network "NICHE" shortly afterward.
July 31, 2012
Court's Expert Now Called an 'Imposter'
DALLAS (CN) - A presumed expert in alcohol, DNA and drug testing, who has testified in hundreds of family and criminal cases, is an unqualified imposter with no college degree, according to a class action in Dallas County Court.
B.W.D. claims that as a result of Turnage's flawed testimony, thousands of parents have lost access to their children and countless citizens are behind bars. B.W.D. claims that Turnage, of Ovilla, wrongfully called him an alcohol and drug user during a custody dispute. Turnage and his Forensic DNA & Drug Testing company claim to seal and ship urine specimens to defendant Medtox Scientific, of St. Paul, Minn.
July 6, 2012
Iron Range couple surrenders foster care license after child finds gun in vehicle
A Mountain Iron couple surrendered their child foster care license after one of their own children found a loaded gun in the family vehicle, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
The state withdrew an order to revoke the license of Tony and Shannon Hautala on June 18 after the Hautalas surrendered their license, according to a "statement of final agency decision" posted June 27 on the department's website. The license is one of two lost for child foster homes in the Northland in recent weeks.
July 6, 2012
Police: Mother abducts baby from foster care
MINNEAPOLIS - A 16-year-old mother is accused of taking her 6-month old baby from his foster home according to the Minneapolis Police Department.
They said Shaquan Rulford was not returned to his foster parents after a court-ordered supervised visitation. The mother, 16-year-old Kamarei McCabe was last seen with the child just before noon, police said.
July 3, 2012
No child left behind? Leaving kids in car never advised, but not always illegal
Fargo - The kids are strapped into their car seats. Maybe they're asleep. It's just a quick errand, a couple minutes in the store. Is it OK to leave them in the car?
A 21-year-old Bagley, woman was charged June 13 with one count of child endangerment after leaving her four children in a car while going into Bemidji's Target to try on swimsuits. Police noted it was 88 degrees outside when they were called to the store parking lot. Less than a week earlier, Fargo officers broke a car window June 8 after a mother left her 4-year-old son sleeping in the shut-off car outside a Wal-Mart store. The boy was unharmed.
July 1, 2012
Child protection in county suffered, state says
When it comes to the state, county child protection can be measured by the numbers -- how often kids are removed from a home and brought back, then removed again; how many parents are being reached by support services.
But perhaps the most significant measurements are of face time with children, from monthly visits with kids who may be at risk, to tracking down a child within 24 hours of a serious report of abuse. That response time, according to state data obtained by the Winona Post, has not always been met, and in cases reviewed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), child risk and safety were adequately assessed and managed in only 37.5 percent of cases studied.
June 21, 2012
Why are growing numbers of Minnesota youngsters being home schooled?
Why are some families doing home schooling, how many are doing it, and is it a good idea? Several readers responded to a recent column on district and charter enrollment by asking these questions.
First, why? Professor Milton Gaither of Messiah College in Pennsylvania responded, "The most recent (2007) National Center for Education Statistics data has the top three reasons for homeschooling being first, a concern about school environment (bullying, lack of morals, etc), second, a parental desire to provide religious or moral instruction, and third, dissatisfaction with the academic instruction at the public school."
June 21, 2012
Potty training with the chiropractor
Many don't think of the chiropractor as a source to utilize while potty training. But it may be one that could pay off the most in the end. If your child is having a challenge getting the hang of it, consider seeing your chiropractor.
Having your child adjusted in the areas of the spine that have nervous system control over the bladder are critical to their controlling of the bladder. In addition, at Hornstein Family Chiropractic, we will give you a full list of the things to avoid while potty training. These things allow the child the ability to hold their bladder without interference.
June 15, 2012
Girl, 12, sues over Facebook password
A 12-year-old Minnesota student is suing her school district, claiming her Constitutional rights were violated when she was punished for comments she left on Facebook and forced to hand over her password.
The sixth-grader, identified only as R.S. in court papers, is backed by the American Civil Liberties Union in the lawsuit against Minnewaska School District, filed Tuesday by her mother on her behalf. R.S. claims she was repeatedly punished for statements she made on her Facebook account, including an instance in which she wrote that she hated one of the school's hall monitors.
March 11, 2012
Foster Mom Accused Of Child Endangerment, Neglect
PRINCETON (WCCO) - A widely-respected foster care mother from Mille Lacs County has been charged with the cruel punishment, endangerment and neglect of a child.
Mille Lacs County District Court records say 46-year-old Mary Roelofs of Princeton put a 3-year-old boy out in the cold in little clothing, and even withheld food as punishment when he didn't do as she instructed. Authorities say the weather in Minnesota that day ranged between 5 and 17 degrees. A witness at the home told investigators the boy was outside with a T-shirt and "pull-up" diaper.
February 24, 2012
Recipe for Disaster, Homeschool-Style
Homeschooling brings a different set of challenges, to be certain, but one thing is for sure: I have a lot more ability to affect the outcome of our school day.
I am not at the mercy of administrative policies, staff attendance, the choices that my students' families make, mandatory paperwork, unnecessary interruptions, and the always-ticking clock!
February 23, 2012
Lakeville Father Found Guilty of Child Neglect
A Dakota County jury found 60-year-old Steven Alexander Cross guilty of child neglect today in connection with an incident in which he abandoned his 11-year-old son and left him with Lakeville neighbors, John and Joanne Pahl.
King instead scheduled Cross's sentencing for 10 a.m. on March 20. After the jury left the courtroom, defense attorney John Price III renewed his motion from Tuesday calling for an acquittal of Cross based on a lack of evidence to prove the child was harmed. "I respectfully request the court to take the verdict from the jury to take the emotion out of it," Price argued, to no avail.
January 25, 2012
Minnesota governor orders unionization of child care providers
Looks like Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton also wants to do for childcare what the Obama-Reid-Pelosi machine did for healthcare - i.e. make it less flexible and more expensive.
Dayton is operating on a state level, at least, but that's the last excuse I'll make for him. The governor recently issued an executive order that calls for a vote to unionize child care providers. But here's the catch: The only child care providers eligible to vote on whether to unionize are those providers that are state-licensed and state-subsidized. So a small fraction of the providers will vote to unionize - and then, more than likely, all Minnesota childcare providers will be forced to pay union dues.
November 23, 2011
Boy, 11, Reports Mom to Police for Marijuana Use
Hastings, Minn. -- An 11-year-old Minnesota boy who says he was fed up with his mom and stepfather filling their home with marijuana smoke took photos of the drugs and sent them to police, leading to their arrest.
Drug agents served a search warrant on their home in Ravenna Township near Hastings, last month and arrested Heidi Siebenaler, a Dakota County probation supervisor, and her husband, Mark Siebenaler. Both face charges in the case.
November 16, 2011
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Making Juvenile Court Public
Some Want Abuse Hearings Opened; Others Fear Effect On Children - Kathleen A. Blatz in 1998 was just weeks away from being sworn in as Minnesota's chief justice when her predecessor graciously gave her the opportunity to make history: Did she want to sign the order that would open juvenile neglect and abuse proceedings to the public in 12 of the state's 87 counties for a three-year pilot program?
June 24, 2012
Jacked Up: Mother Vindicated Too Late!
My story began on April 18th, 2006; the day my two children, Preston age 7, and AareOna age 2 were abducted by Wright County Child Protection and placed in a licensed foster home in Albertville, Minnesota.
May 15, 2010
Jacked Up: SD: Police Shirk Duties
I am writing about my 3-year-old son, Lucas. I live in central Minnesota and his mother lives in Lake Andes, South Dakota. We have split 50/50 parenting time.
May 15, 2010