Reporter | Social Services

Serres 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.


Minnesota's juvenile justice system failing youth, families, victims

A Star Tribune examination of hundreds of juvenile court records finds that the system is failing to effectively intervene in the lives of Minnesota's most troubled youth, often despite anguished pleas from parents.


Large fire drives hundreds from apartment building in New Hope

One person was taken to the hospital with injuries.


'Our humanity is at stake': Rally calls for end to Russia's invasion

More than 100 Ukrainian Minnesotans rallied in Minneapolis on Sunday, the fifth time in as many weeks that community members have taken to the streets to call for peace.


Review: 'On the Line,' by Daisy Pitkin

NONFICTION: An intimate look at the volatile work of union organizing.


Yuliya (Julia) Li, Twin Cities business executive, dies at 34

Successful marketing executive at H.B. Fuller died in a shooting that St. Paul police called random.


Man shot during confrontation with carjackers in south Mpls.

A man was hospitalized after being shot Thursday night during an apparent carjacking attempt in south Minneapolis.Officers from the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct responded…


Austin police shoot, kill man wielding machete after standoff

A man who was allegedly armed with a machete in public was fatally shot Thursday night by police in Austin after a standoff that lasted…


New approach offers hope for Minnesotans 'living in shadows'

Across Minnesota, county agencies and nonprofits that do outreach are increasingly embracing a "housing first" strategy, in which everyone who is identified as homeless is offered a stable home without preconditions such as sobriety or employment.


Leon 'Lee' Cook, a 'true man of the people' and lifelong advocate for tribal rights, dies at 82

He died Oct. 13 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center in Bemidji of a breakthrough COVID-19 infection.


State streamlines site to apply for safety-net programs

Minnesota officials say the online platform should help prevent people from losing their benefits unnecessarily and falling deeper into poverty for failure to meet burdensome paperwork requirements.