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 Ramsey County commissioner, state reach settlement on defunct charity

Journey Home Minnesota's Blake Huffman to repay $60K.


Texas woman sentenced to 12 years for role in sex trafficking ring that operated in Minneapolis

The defendant was one of nearly three dozen who have been sentenced for crimes connected to the sex trafficking of Thai women across the U.S.


Ramsey County looks to reform cash bail system

Some low-risk suspects will be released without posting fee under plan.


Ramsey County Manager Ryan O'Connor has COVID, says his family struggled to get tested

O'Connor said he worries about those with fewer resources, less access.


Roseville threatens to sue landlord over apartment conditions

The City Council has authorized a lawsuit if repairs are not made quickly to an apartment complex that had its rental license revoked.


St. Paul, Ramsey County want to add 100 beds to confront surge of homelessness

The county and its partnering nonprofits have added nearly 200 homeless beds since last year, yet the number of people sleeping outdoors has grown.


After years of declines, golf surges in Twin Cities during pandemic

Rounds played are up dramatically this summer at public courses across the Twin Cities as players flock to a sport that is naturally social distanced.


Island building project for Pigs Eye Lake take a brief pause for public comment

Public invited to give views on proposal to add islands; then County Board votes.


Ramsey County Board drops 2021 tax levy, now proposing zero increase

County leaders want to roll back earlier plans for a 4.5% levy increase, citing the impact of COVID and civil unrest.


North Oaks City Council takes a no-confidence vote against colleague

Mayor says Kara Ries should have followed protocol before visiting a private development site in the city.