With An Eye to the Past -1940s to 1950s
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Geri Hoffner
Geri Hoffner's exposé created a public outcry.

 

 

In 1948, an extensive newspaper exposé in the Minneapolis Morning Tribune detailed the living conditions in seven Minnesota state mental institutions – Fergus Falls, Moose Lake, Willmar, Anoka, Hastings, St. Peter and Rochester – and brought the issue to public attention.

Geri Hoffner, more well-known as Geri Joseph, published a 10-part report on the deplorable conditions in the state's mental institutions.

Remarkably, the report, which was critical of the current system, was created with Governor Youngdahl's full support and approval.

Geri Joseph

Video:
Geri Joseph, reporter for
the Minneapolis Morning
Tribune, did a series of
articles on the institutions
in 1948 and 1950.

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