Jon Collins

Reporter
Minnesota Public Radio
jon.collins@mpr.org

Jon Collins is an online reporter for MPR News. His duties include filing breaking news and working on enterprise stories. 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

Snowy owl
An apparent collision with a Washington, D.C. bus sent the owl to the U of M's Raptor Center for new feathers and rehabilitation. (04/18/2014)
United States Attorney Andrew Luger
Nicknamed Operation Exile, the arrests began early Thursday morning led by a coalition of local, state and federal law enforcement officers in seven counties across the state, U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said. More arrests and charges are coming, he added. (04/18/2014)
Redeveloping Nicollet and Lake
A redevelopment plan that could lead to the reopening of Nicollet Avenue at Lake Street in Minneapolis took another step forward on Tuesday with approval from a City Council committee. (04/16/2014)
Victor Arden Barnard, 52, is charged with having sexual contact with at least two underage girls whose families were part of the ministry. (04/15/2014)
Dahir Ahmed Abdirahman, 29, and Tahany Abdi Omar Erbob, 24, were found shot to death in a car in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis on Friday night. Reached before the meeting, a spokesperson for the Minneapolis Police Department said the killings are under investigation. (04/15/2014)
If you haven't filed by now, you probably won't be able to schedule time with an accountant so close to Tuesday night's deadline. (04/14/2014)
Damian McManus and his 18-year-old son Evan of St. Louis Park were reported missing on Sunday. They were on a father-and-son spring break hiking trip. (04/09/2014)
The agreement today includes plans for a plaza, a coffee shop and other retail space and an amphitheater for small concerts or events before and after Minnesota Twins games. The agreement also makes way for a second light rail platform. (04/08/2014)
Starting Monday, St. Paul residents will be able to put all their recyclables together in one bin for curbside pickup. City officials say they hope it boosts recycling, which has stagnated in recent years. (04/07/2014)
Developers are proposing a mixed-use development at the corner of Lake Street and Hiawatha Avenue that would ultimately include a branch of Hennepin County social service programs, about 450 units of housing, retail shops and a site for the popular Midtown Farmers Market. (04/04/2014)
Taylor, a billionaire, said he is purchasing the paper as a business investment, but that the community will also benefit from keeping it under local control. (04/01/2014)
Neighbors said they heard two loud explosions prior to the fire. St. Louis Park Fire Chief Steve Koering said there were oxygen tanks in the home, but it's not yet clear what caused the fire. (03/31/2014)
Senator Al Franken was joined by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren at a campaign event Saturday at Macalester College in St. Paul. (03/30/2014)
Pam Borton was relieved of her duties immediately and assistant coach Kelly Roysland will serve as interim coach, the university said today. (03/28/2014)
All wore a triangle or yellow Star of David, symbols that Germans forced Jews and other targeted groups to wear in occupied countries. "I just really want to represent the people who cannot speak," organizer Margie Newman said. (03/27/2014)