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.


Metro briefs: Record number of guns detected at MSP Airport


Guilty verdicts in doubt as Ramsey County reviews cases linked to ex-medical examiner

Prosecutors will take another look at 71 cases in which Dr. Michael McGee provided key testimony.


Toni Carter, Jim McDonough retirements mark the end of an era for Ramsey County Board

The two former board chairs have led efforts on homelessness, juvenile justice and racial equity.


Ramsey County faces 'big cliff' if funding for homeless temporary shelters runs out

Leases on the county's four temporary homeless shelters in St. Paul, which house about 450 men, women and children, expire this spring.


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.


Animal aid groups help give local dogs a new lease on life

Local animal helpers nursed them back to life, and a Maplewood officer met the mastiff he rescued.


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.


Shoreview purchases home to turn into affordable rental

The Ramsey County suburb buys land, houses.


Ramsey County Fair canceled due to coronavirus fears

Ramsey joining a growing list of counties canceling summer celebrations.