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.


Ramsey County to open its own year-round homeless shelter

Ramsey County's Safe Space will likely be ready in August and provide 64 beds year-round.


Dozen vie for Ramsey County Board seat vacated by Blake Huffman

Several candidates say the TCAAP dispute with Arden Hills drew them into the race.


Navy will launch combat ship USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul from Midwest port

Navy's newest near-shore combat ship was built in northern Wisconsin.


Former U.S. Attorney Jerome G. Arnold dies at age 78

Jerome G. "Jerry" Arnold served as Minnesota's U.S. attorney under two presidents, prosecuting not just drug dealers and bank robbers but savings and loan executives…


Ramsey County sheriff experiments with new way to recruit women

Weeklong academy offers free instruction on everything from investigations and defensive tactics, to de-escalation and firearms use.


'Road diets' gain traction in safety planning by metro counties

Counties cutting lanes on busy streets to protect drivers and pedestrians.


Ramsey County joins national effort to reduce reliance on criminal fines

Ramsey County joins Dallas and Nashville in rethinking the impact of its penalties.


Ramsey County to pay $525K to handcuffed man beaten at jail

Video of the beating by a correctional officer was recorded by a supervisor, and it shows other correctional officers failing to intervene.


Suburban leaders allowing larger, denser developments in this building boom

Many are skirting development restrictions to meet housing demand.


Facilities for troubled youth closing in favor of community-based care

Facilities for troubled youth closing in favor of community-based care