Jon Collins Feature Archive

Samuel David Shoen, 35, who authorities say is a member of a white supremacist gang called the Hammerskins, is facing three counts of illegal possession of firearms, wearing a bulletproof vest while committing a crime and possession of methamphetamines. (12/19/2013)
"The Minneapolis Chief of Police unilaterally announced this proposed arrangement without first notifying the Commissioner of Public Safety, Governor Dayton, or the Governor's Chief of Staff — a course of action that the Governor considers extremely inappropriate," Dayton spokesperson Matt Swenson said in a statement. (12/18/2013)
The Secret Service is investigating credit- and debit-card data theft at Target stores. Unnamed sources at major credit issuers have said that the security breach started sometime on or near Black Friday. (12/18/2013)
Xcel's request of a 4.6 percent interim rate boost for 2014 was approved by the Public Utilities Commission. The increase that takes effect in January will bring the company an estimated $127.4 million. (12/13/2013)
Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in south Minneapolis early Wednesday morning. Officials say there are no suspects and no arrests have been made. (12/11/2013)
Ramsey County officially launches a veterans court intended to help veterans charged with nonviolent crimes to get their lives back on track. (12/11/2013)
With Hennepin County seeing an all-time high in heroin overdose deaths, Sheriff Rich Stanek announced his support to allow law enforcement officers carry a prescription antidote to opiate overdoses. (12/10/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton has extended an executive order that lifts some restrictions on drivers carrying propane. The state is seeing a substantial shortage of propane, which many Minnesotans rely on for heating and agriculture. (12/09/2013)
The testing follows the state's discovery in September of trichloroethylene soil vapors at public sites across the neighborhood. (12/06/2013)
A man died early this morning when his car went over the guard rail on the Bloomington Ferry Bridge between Bloomington and Shakopee. (12/06/2013)
State agencies in Minnesota and Wisconsin approved a $332.5 million contract this week to build the St. Croix Crossing bridge deck and other elements across the river, as well as the highway ramps and approach bridge. (12/05/2013)
Lakeville North High School started classes Thursday with a moment of silence to honor a classmate who died Wednesday when her car slid into an oncoming SUV. (12/05/2013)
A junior at Lakeville North High School was killed in a car accident during her commute to school Wednesday. (12/04/2013)
The three surviving children involved in a car accident in St. Louis Park last month are showing signs of improvement, according to the lawyer for one of the families. (12/03/2013)
A Maplewood man shot by St. Paul police on Friday following a car chase has been charged in a shooting death that occurred just days before. (12/03/2013)