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.


Minnesota ski resorts anticipate blockbuster year

Ski resort operators across the state say guests will notice some COVID-related changes, mostly to ensure social distancing while ticketing and during lessons.


Ramsey County sending fewer people to prison

It's a leader in reducing incarceration numbers.


District judge orders the counting of 318 misplaced Ramsey County ballots

Ramsey County judge rules the votes, though unlikely to affect outcomes, are to be tallied before certification.


Ramsey County canvassing board finds 318 uncounted absentee ballots

Candidates to be notified, but officials doubt votes could change outcomes.


Ramsey County eyes winter shelter at Luther Seminary dorm

Ramsey County officials are considering opening another temporary homeless shelter, this one in a vacant dorm at Luther Seminary in St. Paul’s St. Anthony Park…


Suburban neighborhood installs license plate readers to stop mail theft

After mail thefts, Plymouth neighborhood adopts tool used by law enforcement.


Ramsey County election returns came in later due to safeguards in the reporting process, officials say

Ramsey County officials said Wednesday that their election process went smoothly even though returns weren't released until 11:30 p.m., more than three hours after the…


Three new commissioners in Hennepin County

Hennepin County voters on Tuesday reshaped the County Board, electing three new commissioners to seats vacated by longtime incumbents and reelecting the lone incumbent seeking…


St. Paul neighbors have contrasting visions for the future of the leafy Boys Totem Town site

Some neighbors want Totem Town site to be park; others want housing.


Leslie Antoine Kucera, carpenter, family man and outdoorsman, dies of COVID-19 at 71

Leslie Antoine Kucera was a lifelong carpenter and a family man.The Circle Pines father of six was generous with his time and talents, helping family…