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Mesabi Academy closes, investigations into alleged maltreatment continue

Minnesota Juvenile Treatment Facility To Close Following Abuse Allegations

Where to go? The stories of three families after Mesabi Academy — Some of Minnesota's most vulnerable and disruptive children still have nowhere to go after a juvenile correctional facility in northern Minnesota said it would close by the end of June. In May, the state Department of Human Services and Hennepin and Ramsey counties pulled their kids from Mesabi Academy after concerns over treatment at the facility came out in news reports.

Ortman fails to win endorsement in re-election bid — The Deputy Majority Leader of the Minnesota Senate didn't win her party's endorsement for re-election on Tuesday night. Republican delegates in Senate District 47 chose not to endorse a candidate after neither incumbent Sen. Julianne Ortman, R-Chanhassen, nor auto mechanic Bruce Schwichtenberg could win 60 percent delegate support after five ballots.

Closure of juvenile center reveals Minnesota's lack of adequate treatment — This story was produced by APM Reports, a new national investigative journalism and documentary group at American Public Media. The imminent closing of a juvenile treatment center on the Iron Range raises the immediate question of where dozens of Minnesota's most challenging troubled boys go now.

Mesabi Academy to close — The parent company of an Iron Range juvenile residential treatment center said it planned to close the facility by the end of next month. The decision came after several counties pulled residents and the state froze new admissions, actions that followed several APM Reports stories about Mesabi Academy.

Mesabi Academy agrees to temporarily halt admissions — The action was announced today after department officials met earlier with staff members from Mesabi Academy, St. Louis County Child Protection Services and the St. Louis County Attorney's office. Mesabi Academy agreed to the suspension, corrections deputy commissioner Ron Solheid said in a prepared statement.

Mesabi Academy agrees to temporarily halt admissions — This story was produced by APM Reports, a new national investigative journalism and documentary group at American Public Media. The Minnesota Department of Corrections today suspended new admissions to a juvenile correctional facility on the Iron Range while an investigation into allegations of maltreatment proceeds.

Minnesota lawmaker: State, counties overreacting on Mesabi Academy — A state legislator from the Iron Range said today he is worried a decision to remove boys from a juvenile correctional facility there could force it to close. Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm, said the state Human Services commissioner and officials from four counties - Hennepin, Ramsey, Beltram...

State agency pulls boys from Mesabi Academy — For the first time since news reports chronicled problems at a juvenile correctional facility on the Iron Range, the state is taking action against the facility. Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper said Tuesday she was removing five children from Mesabi Academy. T...
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