Update: Judge Orders Quicker Sex Offender Evaluations; State Appeals

A federal judge ordered Minnesota Thursday to give sex offenders in a state treatment program a chance to be released, but ┬ádid not require the state to free anyone immediately. Judge Donovan Frank told state officials they have 30 days to evaluate the public risk some specific offenders present and 60 days to draw up…
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Federal Judge Says State Must Prepare To Release Sex Offenders

A federal judge ordered Minnesota to review more than 700 sex offenders in a treatment program with a goal of releasing those who are ready. In a long-awaited ruling Thursday, Judge Donovan Frank laid out his plan that could end up with the first releases from the program in its more than two decades of…
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Oil Impact Depends On Oil Prices

The need for sand to help produce North Dakota oil has fallen with the price of oil, but probably will rise again. The same is true with oil train traffic taking crude oil to refineries. Minnesota Legislative Energy Commission members learned those and other facts Wednesday as they drilled down to find out how Bakken…
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Dayton Demands Mine Clean-up Money In Advance

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton returned from touring a South Dakota mine Tuesday determined to make sure any northeastern Minnesota copper-nickel mine owner pays for clean-up costs before the mine opens. He called the Gilt Edge gold and silver mine near Lead in the Black Hills “a textbook example of how not to do it.” The…
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Sex Trafficking Discussion Expands

Minnesotans understand little about sex trafficking in their state, experts in the field said Thursday as they looked for ways to educate people. The most basic information being distributed by anti-sex trafficking groups is that women involved in money-for-sex encounters must be considered victims, not criminal prostitutes. The Harriet Tubman Center in Maplewood hosted about…
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