Shannon Prather | Star Tribune
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.


Stillwater man admits killing girlfriend in St. Paul, staging scene like an overdose

Ivan Dan Walker pleaded guilty to murder and sexual assault, and will be sentenced this spring to 30 years in prison.


Ramsey County Attorney John Choi seeks to make punishments fit the crime

County attorney's policy weighs how pleas will affect immigration status.


Ramsey County unveils app that alerts CPR-trained bystanders

The PulsePoint app alerts people nearby when 911 dispatch receives a call of cardiac arrest in a public location.


Fox 9 anchor Jeff Passolt sues state for a slip and fall

Passolt broke his hip in the 2017 fall on an icy sidewalk near the State Capitol.


Attorney who represented terror suspect in Mpls. ISIS trial is disbarred

The Supreme Court order cited misconduct involving failure to "diligently handle matters" for 11 clients.


Hastings assistant principal and wrestling coach faces embezzlement, theft charges

Joshua McLay told district officials he was taking staff to coaching clinics.


Under fire in pay-first incident, buffet says it was responding to "dine and dash" kids

A black man said he was singled out to pay in advance; the Ocean Buffet manager said he was caught up in group of kids asked to pay first.


Preventing evictions becomes a focus in fight against homelessness in Minnesota

Foundation has started legal funds for renters.


Historic Fort Snelling renovation to start this fall

Cavalry barracks will be transformed into the visitors center.


Ramsey County wants outside mediator to thaw TCAAP development impasse

Ramsey County presses to end impasse with Arden Hills over development.