Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty ordered the states Veterans Affairs Department to take over five long-term-care homes from the states Veterans Homes Board.
Pawlenty, responding to a report urging an overhaul of Minnesota veterans long-term care, abolished the 19-year-old Veterans Homes Board, which had a $70 million budget in 2007, and established a new nine-member advisory council.
The report, released by an advisory commission as Pawlenty unveiled the changes, made more than two dozen recommendations. Pawlenty established the advisory commission in February. Regulators uncovered more than 50 violations of rules or statutes at the Minneapolis Veterans Home between July 2005 and April 2007, according to the report. -- by Melanie Evans
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