Nonprofits seek to change

Minnesota’s guardianship system

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A coalition of Minnesota nonprofits is developing an alternative to a system in which vulnerable adults live under the supervision of a court-appointed guardian who has broad authority over the money, medical care and personal relationships of their wards.

The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/2gsISiD ) reports Volunteers of America of Minnesota and Wisconsin is creating the system with help from a $1 million federal grant. The group will connect vulnerable adults with relatives and social workers who have expertise in caring for people with disabilities.

Advocates say hundreds of Minnesota residents could regain control over basic decisions such as where to live, whom to date and how to spend their money if the model catches on.

Minnesota courts receive 1,500 to 2,000 petitions for guardianship each year. Judges often grant them unlimited powers under the law.

DNR bans deer-feeding in 5

Minnesota counties in CWD fight

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources plans to ban deer feeding in five counties as the agency fights chronic wasting disease in southeastern Minnesota.

The agency announced a 370-square-mile disease management zone Monday. The deer feeding ban goes into effect later this month in Fillmore, Houston, Mower, Olmsted and Winona counties.

The DNR also plans a special late-season deer hunt in the zone, from Dec. 31 through Jan. 15, to help prevent the disease from spreading. Details will be announced later.