Jon Collins Feature Archive

The efforts of Move MN are fueled by the condition of the state's transportation infrastructure. The 2013 report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers found that 52 percent of Minnesota's roads are in poor or mediocre condition. (01/23/2014)
Investigators traced stolen credit card numbers and personal documents found during a traffic stop in April 2012 to 50-year-old Roxanne DeFlorin. A raid on her house in August 2012 turned up the personal information of 355 people, including social security and credit card numbers. (01/22/2014)
A Minnesota Department of Health report found that health disparities between whites and minorities in part resulted from structural racism, which refers to racism that's built into systems and policies. The report extends beyond health policy, touching on transportation, geography and employment policies, among others. (01/17/2014)
A body pulled out of the Chicago River by police this afternoon has been identified as Lauren Li, 21, of Burnsville. (01/15/2014)
Under the terms of a three-year contract, the musicians will have to take a 15 percent pay cut in the first year. But the musicians said the orchestra will remain in the nation's top 10 in terms of pay. (01/15/2014)
The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Paul John Bulen, 55, of Mahtomedi. (01/13/2014)
Organizers of the event asked attendees to get involved with anti-violence groups or push for tighter gun laws at the State Capitol in the upcoming legislative session. (01/13/2014)
It got so cold for such an extended period that up to 80 percent of invasive emerald ash borers may have died. (01/10/2014)
The Massachusetts-based chain has been recruiting franchise owners in Minnesota since the end of October. (01/10/2014)
About 60 people gathered in a basement room across from the Metrodome with officials from the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the Minnesota Vikings and Mortenson Construction, the firm chosen to build the stadium. (01/10/2014)
"If you look at what's being built and the demographics of who is moving in, it really tells the story of the return to what I call urban America," said Thomas Streitz, director of housing policy and development for Minneapolis. (01/08/2014)
Reopening the state's environmental health lab may take longer, however, a delay that could require some retesting of samples. (01/07/2014)
Wabasha County has been operating a so-called safe driving program since 2003 that allowed drivers cited for some traffic offenses to instead pay a flat $125 to take a class and maintain a clean record. Nearly three dozen Minnesota counties and cities operate similar programs. (01/06/2014)
Steve Reinarts, an instructor at Dunwoody College of Technology, offered some tips for taking care of your car when it's cold out. (01/04/2014)
"Today our task is to find people who are missing and unaccounted for," Hussein Ahmed, director of the West Bank Community Coalition said Thursday morning. (01/02/2014)