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.


Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott faces biggest test yet

A Liberian immigrant who moved to Minnesota at age 11, Elliott has used his pulpit to speak in support of racial equity reforms on several fronts.


Maplewood golf course is Ramsey County's latest redevelopment fight

Ramsey County wants to turn Maplewood course into affordable housing.


Ramsey County prosecuting more sex crimes

"We are slowly showing some real progress," County Attorney John Choi said.


St. Paul city attorney to investigate strip club

The Lamplighter Lounge generates many police calls near residential area.


Ramsey County unveils plan to fund housing, minority businesses

Ramsey County's $11.5M tax would boost housing and minority businesses.


Neighbors want stricter rules after troubles at St. Paul's only strip club

Lamplighter's St. Paul neighbors ask council to require safety measures.


Employee sues Ramsey County over retirement fund match

Deputy sheriff says the county isn't depositing matching funds into employees' retirement accounts.


Mitra Jalali pushes City Council to serve 'rising St. Paul'

The 34-year-old council member has been a vocal advocate for renters, the environment and police reform.


St. Paul park renamed for civil rights icon Roy Wilkins

Roy Wilkins grew up in the North End neighborhood, where the former Lewis Park will now bear his name.


Robert Scholz, composer, arranger and longtime St. Olaf music professor, dies at 81

Robert Scholz had a passion for music, learning to play the piano as a child and developing his voice — a light and clear tenor…