Jon Collins

Jon Collins

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
jon.collins@mpr.org


Jon Collins is a reporter for MPR News. Before joining MPR, Collins was an editor and reporter at the Minnesota Independent. He was also the editor of the Southwest Minneapolis Patch and a legislative correspondent for the American Consolidated newspaper chain in northeast Minnesota. Jon received degrees in history and journalism from the University of Minnesota, where he also worked as a projects reporter for the Minnesota Daily. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Jon Collins Feature Archive

License Plate Ready System
Among the laws going into effect on Aug. 1 are new limits on how Minnesota law enforcement agencies can harvest and store data collected by automatic license plate readers. (07/31/2015)
Some 150 protesters gathered Wednesday at the Bloomington dental practice of a man who hunted and killed a beloved lion in Zimbabwe. U.S. conservation officials, meanwhile, are gathering facts. (07/29/2015)
The lion, Cecil, was killed by a hunter.
A Minnesota dentist under fire for his part in hunting and killing a popular lion in Zimbabwe earlier this month says he regrets the kill but that he secured proper permits and believes the hunt was legal. (07/28/2015)
Storms included high winds, frequent lightning and torrential rains. (07/28/2015)
The occupants of another boat spotted Richard Dziewit in the water and attempted to rescue him. (07/28/2015)
Separate small plane crashes Monday night in southwest Minnesota and western Wisconsin killed seven people. (07/27/2015)
The latest shooting happened early Monday morning in north Minneapolis. (07/27/2015)
Thunderstorms sweeping across western Wisconsin and central and southern Minnesota on Friday could lead to flash flooding, high winds and hail, according to the National Weather Service. (07/24/2015)
The officer involved in the shooting is a seven-year veteran of the force. (07/23/2015)
The resolution claims renaming 4th Street to "Positively 4th Street" for the famously bitter song would "add to the positive experience of fans and visitors arriving in downtown to cheer for its baseball team." (07/22/2015)
Organizers decided this year to shorten the festival from 10 days to four. They also eliminated some traditional events like the Milk Carton Boat Races. (07/22/2015)
Brianna Tamara Williams had last been seen on the 100 block of 15th Street East in south Minneapolis. (07/22/2015)
Scientists across Minnesota are doubling down efforts to understand one species in particular: the northern long-eared bat. (07/21/2015)
Minnesota Medical Solutions will open its second facility on Thursday. The company is one of two allowed to manufacture and distribute medical marijuana in the state. (07/20/2015)
Xcel Energy says it's restored electricity to nearly all of its 250,000 Minnesota customers who lost power after strong storms hit the state late Friday and early Saturday. (07/20/2015)