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Chappy’s Golden Shores owner files suit against state over closure

HILL CITY, MN – The owner of a shuttered long term care facility in Hill City has filed suit against the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health and two investigators.

The state agency revoked the license of Chappy’s Golden Shores last month following an investigation into claims that several employees had physically and sexually abused ten clients.

According to an order from the Minnesota Department of Human Services Chappy’s violated eight state laws.

The civil suit filed by Theresa Olson and two former employees in Ramsey County District Court alleges misconduct in the investigation of allegations against Chappy’s, misconduct outside scope of investigations and four counts of denial of procedural due process.

The complaint describes a “pattern of malicious and intentional misconduct by MDH investigators, including intentional failure to investigate as required by law, concealment of evidence, coercion of witnesses, bias and attempts to blacklist former Chappy’s employees.”

The suit requests a jury trial, a new investigation and damages in excess of $1 million.

The Department of Health released the following statement in response to the suit:

“Our goal throughout the process has been to protect the safety and well-being of the vulnerable adults who had received services from Chappy’s Golden Shores. The public documents clearly show the basis for our actions.”

Kevin Jacobsen

News Director

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