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 starting up on $51 million in road projects

Ramsey County crews have started work on more than $51 million in road construction and maintenance projects for the upcoming 2020 season — and the…


Maplewood will close one fire station, rebuild another

The $10.7 million project will reduce overlap, while a third site will remain.


Private and tony North Oaks struggles with final chapter of growth

Development of the last parcel riles advocates for its outdoor sanctuary.


Hennepin, Ramsey counties declare states of emergency, close public buildings

Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka and Dakota counties all took steps to cancel face-to-face public services.


Reconstruction of St. Paul's Dale Street bridge starts this month

Officials worked with neighborhood residents to design a bridge that meets modern needs and reflects the area's values and history.


New group home for black teens to open in St. Paul

A culturally specific group home, designed for black teenage boys tangled in the juvenile justice and child protection systems, will open this spring in St.…


Rondo Land Trust eyes affordable housing project in Shoreview

City officials proposed a partnership with the nonprofit to build affordable housing.


Talks over future ammo plant development break down between Ramsey County, Arden Hills

Failure of mediation means that the county's suit will resume to break its power-sharing agreement with the city.


Ramsey County to stop naming buildings, parks after individuals

The County Board approved the new naming policy that includes an exception mechanism.


St. Paul Fire Department pulls out of mutual-aid pact with Ramsey County suburbs

City Council President Amy Brendmoen said she's hopeful St. Paul and the suburbs can negotiate a new agreement.