DHS: Minnesota Foster Care Population Up 33 PercentThe number of U.S. children in foster care is climbing after a sustained decline, but just five states account for nearly two-thirds of the recent increase.
Canine Hospice Program Puts Older Dogs In Foster HomesOlder, ailing dogs are often the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized at a shelter. This spring, non-profit Secondhand Hounds started a hospice program for those otherwise unwanted dogs.
State Patrol: 8-Year-Old Drives Car With 2 Kids InsideAuthorities say an 8-year-old boy drove his foster family's car with two younger children inside from St. Paul to Mounds View before pulling safely into a random driveway. Minnesota State Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Tiffani Nielson says none of the children or anyone else on the roads were injured.
6-Year-Old Remembered By Friends And Family At Birthday Party, But Questions Linger Friends and family celebrated what would have been Kendrea Johnson's 7th birthday Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, the state of Minnesota has revoked the foster agency's license while investigators look into Johnson's death.
Help Needed In Locating A Missing Pine Co. FamilyPine County authorities have issued a crime alert and are asking for the public's help in finding a man and his four children. On Friday, Peter Kunze disappeared along with his two juvenile children, 16-year-old Sean Hanson and her 12-year-old brother, Joshua Kunze.
Are Paynesville Father & Son Connected To Wetterling Case?The Stearns County Sheriff's Office is investigating whether two men in prison for murder may have been involved with the abduction of Jacob Wetterling. Delbert and Tim Huber of Paynesville - who are father and son - murdered Albertville teacher Tim Larson in a dispute over $50 in 2011.
Meet The Champlin Mom Who Has Fostered 500 KidsOn a day that celebrates moms, we talked to a woman who has played that role to 550 children. Stella Gamble, of Champlin, and her husband James have fostered those children through Hennepin County.
Henn. Co. Teen Birth Rate In DeclineFor the fifth consecutive year, the number of teenagers who gave birth in Hennepin County has decreased. According to Hennepin County officials, the number of teen births in 2007 was 1,170. In 2011, the number was 692. Teenagers are defined in the data as young women aged 15-19.
Former Foster Child Urges Change To Guardianship LawsTwenty-four-year-old Tonya Bauer is a student at Winona State University. She is strong, smart and has used her past struggles as a child to make her a better person.
Allegedly Starved Minn. Boy To Stay In Foster CareA judge says an 8-year-old boy who was allegedly starved by a Minnesota couple will remain in foster care for now.
Special Ed Teacher Sentenced For Child PornA former special education teacher in the St. Paul Public School District has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for producing and possessing child pornography.