Chris Serres | Star Tribune
Reporter | Social Services

Chris Serres covers social services for the Star Tribune. He writes about issues affecting society's most vulnerable populations, including the poor, elderly, mentally ill and people with cognitive and physical disabilities. He is married and has two children, Dominic, 12, and Emmanuelle, 10. He has been a newspaper reporter for 20 years.


Obituary: Colleen Carol Timbers advocated for people with disabilities, in work and life

Colleen Carol Timbers, a feisty champion who empowered thousands of Minnesotans with disabilities to take charge of their lives, died in August at her sister’s…


U.S. Supreme Court won't hear Minnesota sex offender program case

Lawsuit had challenged constitutionality of sex offender confinement.


REVIEW: 'The Hamlet Fire: A Tragic Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government, and Cheap Lives,' by Bryant Simon

NONFICTION: A deep analysis of the root causes of a fire at a North Carolina chicken processing plant that killed 25 workers.


Minnesota caregiver pleads guilty to sexually assaulting woman with Alzheimer's

Facility still faces allegations that it hid incident from family members.


Patient at troubled Minn. treatment center sexually abused by staff member

Investigation finds new instances of abuse at East Grand Forks facility that already lost executive director over similar case


Minnesota mental health crisis line gets rescued at the last minute

The state Health Department has agreed to provide money to keep Crisis Connection open until late September.


Carleton anthropologist Russell L. Langworthy, 92, wasn't afraid to get dirt under his fingernails

Friends and relatives remember Langworthy as an eccentric polymath who became so immersed in the rural societies he studied.


Minnesota mental health crisis hot line closing Friday

Crisis Connection service helped 20,000 callers a year, but suffered chronic financial losses.


Surging number of jail inmates posing threat to Anoka mental hospital

The share of Anoka-Metro's population coming from jails has nearly tripled since 2013, according to state data released last week.


Two caregivers at Lino Lakes senior home charged with abusing 70-year-old resident

Another worker, who is not identified, recorded portions of the abuse and shared the recordings with Lino Lakes police.