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.


St. Paul police outline plan for possible unrest during Chauvin trial

Police and mutual aid agencies have been training at old Sears site.


Report: 'High potential' of Native artifacts at Boys Totem Town

Land should be studied for evidence of American Indian life, report says.


St. Paul considers banning weapons at parades, races and public gatherings

Demonstrators would also not be allowed to carry items that can be used as weapons.


Ramsey County says yes to man-made islands in Pigs Eye Lake

Using dredged material, islands will be created to develop natural habitat.


Landlords sue St. Paul over tenant protections

A group of landlords is suing the city of St. Paul, arguing a tenant protection ordinance set to take effect in March violates their constitutional…


Crews reshape creek in Ramsey County to improve water quality

Goal is to improve water quality and natural habitat at Lambert Creek in Vadnais Heights.


Roseville partially reinstates rental license after $1 million in repairs

Council reinstates part of rental license to troubled complex amid $1M in repairs.


Why does I-35E through St. Paul have a 45-mph speed limit?

The lower speed limit on the "35E Parkway" stems from a battle that began decades ago.


Roseville restricts short-term rentals after problem party houses

The City Council voted to license short-term rentals and require minimum stays when the property owner does not live onsite.


Bird deaths fuel push for Minnesota lead tackle ban

Fishing tackle killing popular waterfowl.