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.


Lawmakers grill DHS chief about shoddy financial controls

Several Republican legislators repeated their call to split up the massive agency.


Minn. expands push to phase out subminimum wages for people with disabilities

The state on Friday announced $10.5 million in grants for employment service providers.


Troubled nursing home ordered to pay millions in neglect cases

The Estates at St. Louis Park has been cited nearly 50 times in recent years for violating federal health standards


Choosing a safe nursing home: Where to get information

There are several ways to learn more about such sites in Minnesota.


Minnesota DHS chief addresses revelations of shoddy oversight of housing grants

She testifies a week after the Office of the Legislative Auditor released a critique of the agency.


DHS oversight of housing grants flawed, legislative auditor finds

The Minnesota Department of Human Services failed to provide adequate oversight while awarding tens of millions of dollars of grants to support the homeless and others in need of housing assistance, according to a report.


Minnesota guardian cleared of liability in sexual assault case

Guardians have broad immunity from claims of negligence, an appellate panel ruled.


Disabled Minnesotans face growing waits for home care

Hundreds of Minnesotans with physical and mental disabilities are experiencing prolonged waits for crucial social services because county governments are failing to keep pace with a surge in demand amid a workforce shortage.


Two cousins with diverging fates show promise, failure of youth rehabilitation in Minn.

Each day, Minnesota judges and prosecutors make life-altering decisions about children who break the law. Most kids end up entangled in the county court system, but some youth are offered an alternative, known as diversion. A child's future can hinge on the path that is chosen.


Minnesota senior homes are besieged by staff stealing pain medications

More than 11,300 medications have been stolen from residents in the past eight years, study reveals