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.


Wave of deadly shootings prompts intense debate in St. Paul

Some are rallying behind the increased citywide police presence announced by the mayor and chief.


White Bear Township wants to tap into city aid but keep rural ways

Residents want state financial aid for cities while maintaining a small-town style of governance.


Artists sought for more diverse art to be displayed in St. Paul and Ramsey County council chambers

Work by four artists will be displayed at City Hall.


Proposed Roseville budget would add four cops, three firefighters

Proposed $62.6M budget includes funding for four cops, three firefighters.


At Pig's Eye Lake, officials split over using artificial islands to boost ecology

The shallow lake in St. Paul's remote southeast corner could get habitat restoration, but the public wants to know more.


St. Paul bar owner pleads guilty in case in which cops were fired

Tou Cha pleaded guilty Wednesday to third-degree assault for an attack on June 17, 2018, captured on a police squad-car dash camera.


St. Paul police join with Ramsey County to expand mental health team

The number of calls involving mental illness have more than doubled to 12,000 a year in a decade's time.


Ramsey County's century-old Boys Totem Town closes for good

County commissioners, St. Paul's mayor, staffers and men who'd spent time there as youths gathered at the 72-acre campus to eulogize the place.


Ramsey, Anoka counties preparing to fill board vacancies

Two win a spot on Ramsey County's fall ballot while the Anoka County filing period ends.


Shoreview's push to conserve water shows what Minn. towns can do

Residents have conserved 10 million gallons of water in three years, part of a growing group of cities that have adopted an environmental ethos.