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.


Hamline, Metro State profs create a database to shed light on mass shooters

Minnesota researchers gather facts and dispel myths with the creation of a "Mass Shooter Database"


Artists chosen to create new murals for St. Paul council chambers

A diverse group of artists that includes many with Native American and Latino ties was chosen by a community task force organized by the Ramsey County Historical Society.


Judge sets aside prison term, gives man probation for Green Line robbery

The sentence came despite requests from both the prosecutor and victim for an 81-month prison term.


Kenneth Collins, former Maplewood police chief, dies at age 76

He was president of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association as well as the first chairman of the gun-control group Citizens for a Safer Minnesota.


Voters head to polls on issues ranging from trash to schools

Voters across the Twin Cities arrived at the polls at sunrise on Tuesday morning to cast ballots on a variety of local races including school referendums, City Council and county commission seats.


Appetite for Change could take over restaurant at Union Depot

Kaskaid Hospitality asks Ramsey County to let nonprofit take over.


Edina, Maplewood toughen licensing rules for landlords

The suburbs are among those increasing oversight of landlords as cities such as Minneapolis pivot their focus to renter protection.


Art honoring former St. Paul Mayor Larry Cohen and immigrants to be unveiled downtown

Installations also laud former St. Paul Mayor Larry Cohen's championing of immigrants.


Experts say Ramsey County could eliminate more than $2 million in criminal fines, fees

The consultants from PFM spent months sifting through the county's finances, examining all the ways that people entangled in the criminal justice system are asked to pay.


Police will take vaping devices on Drug Take Back Day

With vaping injuries on the rise, DEA expands its Rx collection event.