Madison McVan

Madison McVan

Madison McVan is a Report for America corps member who covers economic mobility for Minnesota Reformer. She previously covered agriculture for Investigate Midwest after graduating from the University of Missouri in 2020 with degrees in Journalism and Latin American studies.

Number of medical mistakes in Minnesota still above historical levels

By: - September 27, 2023

Minnesota doctors left foreign objects in 36 patients’ bodies, performed the wrong procedure 18 times and executed three surgeries on the wrong person in 2022, according to a Department of Health report released Wednesday.  Staffing shortages, an aging population and lingering pandemic effects contributed to the 572 total “adverse health effects” in Minnesota health care […]

Patient mental health at risk as county suspends payments to mental health provider 

By: - September 26, 2023

Itasca County’s only public health insurance provider terminated its contract with one of the area’s largest behavioral health providers, leaving patients and their families searching for other options. Lakeview Behavioral Health is a for-profit provider of individual and group therapy, addiction treatment and sober living houses based in Grand Rapids, a city of around 11,000 […]

With many lofty goals already achieved, Latino groups push for economic inclusion

By: - September 22, 2023

MANKATO — The last legislative session featured a number of big wins for groups that advocate for Latinos in Minnesota — Drivers’ Licenses for All, paid family and medical leave and the expansion of the public insurance program MinnesotaCare to include undocumented Minnesota residents. Latino leaders in Minnesota celebrated last session’s wins and announced their new […]

Minnesota keeps adding jobs, but there aren’t enough workers to fill them all

By: - September 19, 2023

Minnesota jobs have recovered to pre-pandemic levels, but employers are struggling to fill open positions. The state gained 4,400 jobs from July to August, reaching numbers not seen since November 2019, according to a release from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Meanwhile, Minnesota’s labor force participation rate — the number of working-age […]

Child poverty doubled in 2022 as pandemic benefits ended

By: - September 12, 2023

A slew of pandemic-era programs like the expanded child tax credit, stimulus checks and expanded SNAP benefits successfully reduced child poverty to record-low levels.  But when those benefits expired, the child poverty rate more than doubled, returning to pre-pandemic rates. In 2022, 12.4% of children were in poverty, compared to 5.2% in 2021, according to […]

Farm profits reached new heights last year, but are expected to drop in 2023

By: - September 12, 2023

As food prices rose around the country, so did farmers’ take-home pay.  Net farm profits rose by 30% from 2021 to 2022, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At the same time, food prices inflated by more than 10%. The USDA predicts farm incomes will drop by about 20% in 2023 […]

Wage gap, pricey child care keeping some women out of the labor market

By: - September 7, 2023

Women continue to carry the load of full-time parenting and caring for sick and elderly family members, according to a pair of recent reports from the Minneapolis Fed.  The gender wage gap and rising child care costs are key factors in keeping women at home — all while employers are struggling to fill open positions. […]

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Workers’ comp claims, especially COVID-19 cases, denied at record-high rates in recent years

By: - September 6, 2023

Employers and their insurance companies denied a record-breaking percentage of workers’ compensation claims in 2021 — even when you take COVID-19 cases out of the equation.  COVID-19-related claims were denied more often — 39% in 2021 — than other claims, which were denied about 24% of the time, according to preliminary data from the Minnesota Department of […]

City of Windom waiting on state aide in wake of plant closure

By: - August 31, 2023

Four months after the HyLife Foods pork processing plant in Windom declared bankruptcy, the city is waiting for promised state relief funds to arrive.  When HyLife filed for bankruptcy in April, it could not fulfill its financial obligations to the city for an upgraded wastewater treatment plant, nor to the developer building an apartment complex […]

At the State Fair, agriculture gets its chance to appeal to the masses

By: - August 30, 2023

Fairgoers line up to refill their $2 all-you-can-drink milk cups sourced from local dairy farmers. Nearby, in the Miracle of Birth barn — sponsored by agribusiness cooperative CHS — people who’ve never been on a farm learn about various types of chicken cages and why dairy calves are separated from their mothers soon after birth.  […]

Home health care workers among most in-demand Minnesota jobs — and lowest paid

By: - August 9, 2023

Damon Leivestad, a 50-year-old mechanical engineer with spinal muscular atrophy, has struggled to find personal care assistants for years.  Leivestad uses a wheelchair and needs help moving between his bed and wheelchair, getting dressed, and doing everyday tasks like shopping and food preparation.  His condition is deteriorating while his parents age, and hiring people to […]

Insulina a bajo costo, alivio fiscal y otros beneficios disponibles para inmigrantes en Minnesota

By: - August 4, 2023

Read in English. Durante la reciente sesión legislativa en Minnesota se aprobaron varias leyes que amplían el acceso a beneficios para los inmigrantes indocumentados en el estado, incluyendo licencias de conducir y el programa de seguro médico público MinnesotaCare. La Legislatura controlada por el Partido Demócrata-Agrario-Laborista de Minnesota (DFL, por sus siglas en inglés) también […]