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 Board declares 30-day state of emergency for civil unrest

The Ramsey County Board declared a monthlong state of emergency Monday after the civil unrest, looting and arson following the death of George Floyd, a…


Falcon Heights City Council upholds veggie garden ban

One resident's challenge of the ban has drawn the support of thousands in the Ramsey County suburb.


Businesses with five or fewer employees are first in line for Ramsey County relief

About half of Ramsey County businesses with five or fewer workers will be the first eligible for $7,500 emergency grants.


Vadnais Heights Council Member Craig Johnson resigns after exposure of bigoted social media posts

An anonymous person e-mailed the posts to more than 40 members of the media, local leaders and advocacy groups.


Ramsey County Board OKs spending plan for $96 million in federal pandemic aid

The board earmarked all but $26 million for emergency response costs, which will be approved as it's spent.


Minnesota houses of worship can open at 25% occupancy

State's Catholic archbishop calls executive order "an important breakthrough," while Gov. Walz called it a difficult decision.


No front yard veggies in Falcon Heights this year, city leaders tell resident

Many have rallied to the homeowner's side. The mayor said that he's open to changing city code, after research and discussion.


Crowds show up at Minnesota offices for driving tests, licenses

Anxious motorists arrived at sunrise and waited hours to take their written driving tests, long postponed by the state's stay-at-home order issued in late March.


Ramsey County officials ask state to set up homeless shelter

More shelter beds would allow local leaders to take down homeless camps, officials said.


Roseville lowers tree replacement fees for single-family development

But the city's goal remains redevelopment that "preserves big trees."