Jon Collins Feature Archive

One mother told a packed church in Spring Lake Park that no one in her family knew her 21-year-old was using drugs like heroin; that "this was not something that my bright, charismatic, well-adjusted, all-American boy would do." (02/14/2014)
Meet Chris Gibbs, one of the Minnesotans who voluntarily sleeps outside in a tent in the depths of winter. "The world kind of stands still in the winter," Gibbs says. (02/13/2014)
The Guard Recruiting Assistance Program started in 2005 to boost recruitment. It offered cash payments for referring applicants to the National Guard. But in recent weeks the Army has revealed that about 1,200 people are being criminally investigated for defrauding the program across the country. (02/12/2014)
Police were called to Springfield Public School just after 9:30 a.m. Thursday after a couple of students reportedly fell ill in the school auditorium. (02/06/2014)
Petroleum markets analyst Mason Hamilton said the drop in prices appears to be a result of an increased propane supply in the region. (02/05/2014)
The number of people dying from heroin overdoses rose again last year in Hennepin County, making 2013 the deadliest on record for heroin-related deaths in the state's most populous county. (02/04/2014)
Around the state, voters of all political stripes take part in community meetings which are the first step toward choosing who will be on the 2014 ballot this November. (02/04/2014)
"We are grateful for the expressions of love and support we have received. Joan was greatly loved by many. We will miss her dearly," said former Vice President Walter Mondale of his late wife. (02/04/2014)
Thomas Sonnenberg, 69, let Devon Parker, 20, into his north Minneapolis house shortly before noon after Parker pleaded for refuge, saying people were chasing him with a bat. Prosecutors say Parker, of Minneapolis, then grabbed Sonnenberg's gun off his hip and shot him in the head. (02/03/2014)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that it is setting the walleye safe harvest level at 60,000 pounds for 2014, with 42,900 pounds set aside for state anglers and 17,100 pounds allocated to eight Chippewa bands that have treaty rights to fish on the lake. (01/31/2014)
As thousands of Minnesotans struggle with the price of the propane used to heat their homes and businesses, politicians at the state and federal levels are boosting aid to hard-hit residents and pressuring industry to try to end the propane shortage. (01/31/2014)
Janet Velo bikes twelve miles to work in Eagan on icy roads in the winter. And she says she does it with a big grin on her face. (01/29/2014)
On Monday, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton issued an executive order retroactively authorizing members of the Minnesota National Guard to help and shelter stranded motorists as snowy and cold conditions swept across the state. By Monday night, travel conditions had improved in the state to such an extent that no emergency shelters for motorists remained open. (01/27/2014)
Schools are closed, the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus has canceled classes, dozens of roads are closed and travelers were stranded Sunday night as another polar deep freeze descended on Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. (01/27/2014)
Cold weather is driving up prices for propane that's already in short supply in the Upper Midwest, alarming some rural residents who depend on the gas for heating, and forcing the government to scramble to provide some relief. (01/26/2014)