Emma Vatnsdal is a Features writer, focused on telling stories about people, places and all the interesting things that come along with it. She earned her degree in multimedia journalism from Minnesota State University Moorhead and joined the Forum Communications team in 2018. She grew up in the far north town of Roseau, Minn. and has a thick Minnesotan-Canadian accent. Follow her on Twitter @emmajeaniewenie.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — It's a popular time of year for kids to be home alone, but how long can Minnesota children be unattended? The state's laws largely leave it up to parents to decide, though there are some guidelines that can help. Parental concerns about safety might trump the desire of kids and teens to stay home by themselves. But with the costs of child care skyrocketing, allowing Jimmy or Jenny to be alone can sometimes make the most economical sense.