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.


St. Paul fire wants to end aid agreement with suburbs

City cites "disproportionate burden" in fighting fires in suburbs.


Roseville police stopped 20% fewer drivers; nearly 40% were people of color

The third annual report examines the race and gender of drivers, why they were stopped and the outcomes.


Ramsey County holds off on proposal to prohibit naming county sites after individuals

Commissioners decided that more discussion and research was needed before they were willing to approve such a ban.


To avoid controversy, Ramsey County wants to stop naming buildings after people

There are no plans to change current names under the proposed policy, officials said. But names would be reevaluated if the facility undergoes major renovation, or if a name "comes into disrepute."


Public asked to weigh in on new plaza designs outside St. Paul's City Hall-Courthouse

The works are intended to honor Larry Cohen, former mayor and judge.


Ramsey County to sell naming rights to expanding Vadnais Heights sports complex

Ramsey County Board to vote on sale of Vadnais Sports Center's naming rights


Blighted Mounds View motel site could be turned into senior, affordable apartments

Representatives from Augusta Development and MWF Properties have shared their vision with a seemingly receptive Mounds View City Council.


New landlord forces out tenants in New Brighton, raising issues about renters' rights

Upgrades at Pike Lake Apartments raise concern along with the rent.


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,…