Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program is getting sharp scrutiny after a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional. It turns out that Minnesota locks up more dangerous sex offenders than almost anywhere else.
A Minnesota man who killed his parents 16 years ago is expected to be released from a state hospital soon. Richard Happ has been a resident at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter since he was 30 years old.
More than 700 civilly committed sex offenders are suing the state of Minnesota, arguing the program keeping them locked up is unconstitutional.
Minnesota’s civil commitment program for sex offenders has been under fire for years by people who say it’s unconstitutional because it amounts to a life sentence. A federal judge has pressured state lawmakers to change the program to address concerns, but they have not.
Winter doesn’t stop WCCO’s road trip around Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We’re Goin’ to the Lake even when there’s no snow and the lake is actually a river! Mark Rosen and Amelia Santaniello started our winter tour in St. Peter in the Minnesota River valley of southern Minnesota, which is just an hour southwest of the Twin Cities.
Winter doesn’t stop WCCO’s road trip around Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We’re Goin’ to the Lake even when there’s no snow and the lake is actually a river! Mark Rosen and Amelia Santaniello start our winter tour in St. Peter in the Minnesota River valley of southern Minnesota.
One of the most important events in the history of St. Peter was a tornado that took two lives and damaged two thirds of the buildings here.
A Minnesota lawmaker says the state’s largest psychiatric hospital will soon run out of money without an emergency infusion.
The son of the man who shot two police officers in New Hope City Hall Monday night before he was shot and killed spoke with WCCO Radio Tuesday afternoon. Nathan Kmetz says his 68-year-old father, Raymond Kmetz, had reached the breaking point after years of run-ins with police and city officials.
The tennis world lost a legend Wednesday as long-time Gustavus Adolphus College tennis coach Steve Wilkinson died at the age of 73. Wilkinson had been battling cancer for nearly seven years.
It’s that time of year again! We’ve examined the map and narrowed down the choices for this year’s Goin’ To The (Frozen) Lake trip! WCCO-TV will be hitting the frozen lakes again each Thursday and Friday from Jan. 29-Feb. 20 and we want your suggestions on where we should go.
Long-lost photos of a Minnesota couple married for 77 years will soon be back in their hands. A stranger discovered the pictures at a Goodwill store hundreds of miles away. Kathi Sweeney Hill paid $1.88 for a used photo album for her daughter, and that’s where the photos were.
76 inches of snow…..Listen to Dave’s interview and other highlights from Thursday by clicking the link above.
Two people were killed and one other suffered non-life threatening injuries Thursday in a broadside crash in St. Peter, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Authorities were called to a report of a two-vehicle crash at about 4:23 p.m. on Highway 169 at Washington Ave. in St. Peter.
The sexual abuse started early for Rhonda Bailey, her father constantly visiting her bedroom when she was as young as 5. She gave birth to her first child at age 14, unsure whether the father was her dad or another relative, court documents say.
The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a deadly crash in St. Peter, Minn., about a mile away from Gustavus Adolphus College. The fatal crash happened at noon at County Road 20 and Highway 22, on the Highway 169 detour.
A federal judge on Monday denied motions for the immediate release of a man from the state’s sex offender program and the transfer of the only woman in it to a less restrictive facility, but said he will expedite a class-action challenge to the program’s constitutionality and set it for trial later this year.
A case about the constitutionality of the Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program is heading to federal court. Attorney Dan Gustafson is representing 24-year-old Eric Terhaar. Both Terhaar and 48-year-old Rhonda Bailey are both trying to get released from the program.
The graves of three Minnesotans killed during the Civil War will be re-dedicated this weekend. In St. Peter, a new grave marker will be dedicated to Capt. Asgrim Skaro of the Ninth Minnesota Infantry Company D.
A federal court proceeding has cleared the way for what will likely be the release of one, and likely more, dangerous sex offenders. The offenders are civilly committed and housed at state facilities in Moose Lake and St. Peter.
In Minnesota, there are 700 sex offenders kept away in indefinite treatment, more than in any other state. A federal judge warned that some of those men need to be let go because parts of the program are unconstitutional.
The highway was dry between St. Peter and Mankato when a car crossed the center median and hit an oncoming truck, killing three and injuring three others, authorities said.
Minnesota lawmakers are getting nowhere over how to resolve constitutional questions about the state’s sex offender treatment program, but the same can’t be said about the program’s costs. They’re going somewhere — up. About 50 new patients enter the program every year, a growth rate that threatens to swamp existing facilities in the next few years. A Senate committee on Thursday will review a request for $7.4 million this year to renovate and expand the St. Peter treatment center; another $30 million or more is on the drawing board for future growth there and in Moose Lake.
Four people are dead after a two-vehicle crash on Highway 14 near Sleepy Eye. The State Patrol says Saturday morning that the victims are all male. Two were 17 years old, one was 18, and one was 20 years old. Their names and other details were expected to be released at a Saturday news conference.
Authorities are investigating after a man was found dead at Minnesota State Security Hospital in St. Peter in what they said was an act of violence. St. Peter Police responded to the hospital at about 7:53 p.m. Wednesday.