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.


Former Minneapolis teacher's license revoked for corporal punishment

Herandez Cortez Evans had been fired in St. Paul for allegedly punching a student.


Riverfront development plan could redo St. Paul skyline

Ramsey County's chosen developer wants to build an office tower of up to 40 stories on the edge of the Mississippi River bluffs


Frustrated Maplewood leaders to lay out new rules for Myth nightclub

Failure to follow a new "operational action plan" could result in fines, suspension and revocation of the Myth's liquor license.


Twin Cities partnership opening new doors for area's most vulnerable homeless people

St. Paul's most frequent shelter-users get permanent housing.


Maplewood to review safety of Myth nightclub after recent police calls

Police were called to the club five times in one night in March for a shooting, two drug overdoses, a large fight and thefts.


Ramsey County prosecutors, police vow to improve sex crimes investigations

Minneapolis authorities announced their own investigative reforms for sexual assaults a day earlier.


Former Falcon Heights fire chief released from jail pending further investigation

Rich Hinrichs was fired in March over angry outbursts.


Ex-Falcon Heights fire chief jailed for alleged terroristic threats

Rich Hinrichs was terminated in March for angry outbursts.


Art teacher, photographer Thorvald Hansen dies at 58

Hansen left behind more than 35,000 images that he photographed during his lifetime and a generation of schoolchildren he influenced with his creative teaching style.


Ramsey County proposes 2,500 homes on TCAAP site

The proposal is an increase over the more than the 1,460 homes and apartments laid out in a 2016 preliminary master plan.