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.


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.


New push to divert youth from juvenile court in Ramsey County stirs controversy

New Ramsey County effort aims to rehabilitate teens, but sheriff says it lets dangerous youth go free.


Whistleblower accuses Minnesota nursing home of violating COVID-19 health regulations

A former administrator at St. Therese of New Hope alleges she was fired for speaking out about the violations.


Minnesota disability agency to boycott State Fair over lack of mask and vaccine mandates

The Minnesota Council on Disability says its safety concerns have been ignored.


'Lives will be saved': New protections for Minnesota seniors in assisted living go into effect

Nearly 55,000 seniors in assisted living gain sweeping protections.


Hunger strike takes toll on detainees at Minn. sex offender treatment center

Three detainees have been hospitalized since the strike began a week ago.


Minnesota to phase out unequal pay jobs for people with disabilities

Move could affect 8,000 employees in Minnesota's sheltered workshops.


Kevin Ehrman-Solberg, social justice activist and co-founder of Mapping Prejudice Project, dies at 33

Ehrman-Solberg excelled at digital mapmaking.


Four drown, 2-year-old hurt in Minnesota lakes, rivers over weekend

On Sunday evening, a 9-year-old was reported missing at Carver Lake Park Beach in Woodbury. A police officer dove into the lake and found the child, who was later pronounced dead.