Reporter | Ramsey County

Shannon Prather covers Ramsey County for the Star Tribune. Previously, she covered philanthropy and nonprofits. Prather has two decades of experience reporting for newspapers in Minnesota, California, Idaho, Wisconsin and North Dakota. She has covered a variety of topics including the legal system, law enforcement, education, municipal government and slice-of-life community news.

Prather attended high school in Fargo, N.D. and went on to earn a bachelor's of journalism from the University of Missouri. She has received additional training from Investigative Reporters & Editors and The Poynter Institute. She has covered everything from death penalty trials to growing pains in Twin Cities suburbs. She has been recognized for her work by the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists and the California News Publishers Association.


Ramsey, Hennepin counties kicking in money to preserve naturally occurring affordable housing

$33.5 million fund will be used to keep rents lower.


Arthur Sloth, a Minneapolis school district principal and a nursery owner, dies at 95

Arthur “Art” Sloth spent his career nurturing and educating children as a teacher and then principal for three decades in Minneapolis Public Schools. In retirement,…


Vadnais Heights takes a new approach to redevelopment: Ask the neighbors

Task force proposes a destination brewery or distillery for city parcel.


Minnesota creators of 'Mass Shooter Database' sharing work with politicians, educators, police

A training session Friday in downtown St. Paul will discuss their preliminary findings and mass shooting prevention strategies.


Workers put final touches on Ice Castles, opening Friday in New Brighton

Popular massive display made of icicles fused with water spray is ready to be unveiled.


Ramsey County Board votes to continue refugee resettlement

The county with the largest percentage of foreign-born residents said it will continue to welcome refugees.


Ramsey County Library will no longer fine for overdue youth materials

Ramsey County forgoes fines on kids' books


Ramsey County restores its first Zamboni for 'Miracle on Ice' anniversary

The county hopes to use it between periods at big hockey games and in a parade for the 40th anniversary of the "Miracle on Ice" Olympic hockey win.


Ramsey County unveils website to attract companies

Designed specifically for businesses and corporate site selectors, RamseyCountyMeansBusiness.com includes an interactive map of nearly 60 available properties.


Hopes are high for repairing bottleneck at I-694 and Rice Street

Roundabouts, redevelopment are in the works for outdated Ramsey County interchange.