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

Anna Rae Schunk
Anarae Schunk's ex-boyfriend Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, 32, and his current girlfriend Ashley Marie Conrade, 24, each face one count of first degree murder and one count of second degree murder. The indictment supersedes the previous charges of second-degree murder. (07/29/2014)
President Barack Obama issued a disaster declaration last week for parts of Minnesota damaged by flooding, but only eight of 51 counties cited by the state as damaged were on the list. (07/29/2014)
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said that the victim died of multiple gunshot wounds. Police found at least six cartridge casings at the scene. (07/29/2014)
Soon, victims of domestic abuse will no longer need a court order to be eligible to get out of the lease early. And a requirement of paying an extra month's rent will go away. (07/29/2014)
The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is warning the public about a suspected identity theft operation that targets people by spoofing their cell phone numbers on caller ID. (07/28/2014)
More than a thousand people stood in line to meet the former Secretary of State in St. Paul. (07/20/2014)
Officers have arrested 27 people. They're suspected of selling marijuana, prescription drugs and meth, among other drugs. (07/19/2014)
The Minnesota DNR has found invasive carp farther upstream in the Mississippi than the fish has previously been encountered. (07/18/2014)
Deaths from opiate overdoses, including heroin, have skyrocketed in Minnesota and across the country in recent years, leading the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to call it an epidemic. "people are dying and we need to do what we can to save them," Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek says. (07/17/2014)
A former principal and assistant principal have been charged with failing to report allegations against Walter Happel of sexual misconduct with students at a St. Paul school. (07/14/2014)
A bus system that operates more like a train is emerging as the top choice for a new corridor linking St. Paul to the eastern suburbs. (07/11/2014)
The proposed starter line is one of seven routes in the city's long-term streetcar plan. That line could cost an estimated $250 million if approved. (07/10/2014)
Duluth Mayor Don Ness said Thursday that he's leaning against running for office in 2015, although he won't make a final decision until fall. (07/03/2014)
A new phase in the $272 million restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol that begins next week will force the closure of some parts of the building to the public. (07/03/2014)
West Nile virus has been found in Minnesota every year since its arrival in the state in 2002. Last year, there were 73 cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota. (07/03/2014)