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.


RiversEdge redevelopment project moves forward in downtown St. Paul, despite COVID

The state's stalled bonding bill is another complication as county leaders are seeking $40 million in state funding.


Woodbury's new $11 million water treatment plant opens

City leaders say the plant is a temporary fix while state agencies determine the best long-term solution.


Fate of Columbus statue pulled down at Minnesota State Capitol will not be decided until 2021

Columbus in storage while new task forces determine process.


Ramsey County Board calls racism a public health crisis

The board followed the lead of other local elected officials saying that racial inequity has health consequences.


St. Paul, Maplewood struggle to manage homelessness amid pandemic

Maplewood leaders provided facilities, but conditions deteriorated.


Ramsey County considers mask requirement, including in some outdoor spaces

The requirement would apply to visitors as well as employees at county facilities and also could be used as a guide by cities.


Parents seek strategies to help kids cope with pandemic, racial injustice

Experts offer advice on helping children who are stressed over the pandemic and racial injustice.


Why do tiny cities like Lauderdale, Landfall and Falcon Heights exist?

Over the years, Minneapolis and St. Paul have had to make room for smaller cities that yearned for their own identities.


Shoreview purchases home to turn into affordable rental

The Ramsey County suburb buys land, houses.


Which Twin Cities neighborhoods need more trees? New tool can help

More trees in stressed Twin Cities neighborhoods can be another tool of equity, arborists say.