Jon Collins Feature Archive

The Minnesota Security Hospital, which houses patients committed for being mentally ill or dangerous, has been wracked by findings of patient neglect and allegations of administrative chaos. A report released in May contained internal interviews with employees, who said they feared for their safety because of new policies on how to deal with patients. (08/14/2014)
In two of the most hotly contested political races in the state, challengers are poised to unseat a longtime Democratic legislator and a veteran Republican one. (08/12/2014)
A meeting to consider changing school start times was sometimes contentious. (08/12/2014)
There was a festive atmosphere in and around the stadium despite the heat. It was just six and half minutes into the first quarter that the Vikings put their first points on the board with a touchdown by Matt Asiata. (08/09/2014)
The second -- and closest -- of three 'supermoons' rises today. That's the term for a full moon at its closest point to Earth, which means the moon looks bigger and brighter than usual even though it's still hundreds of thousands of miles from us. (08/08/2014)
Authorities are searching for a driver who hit two bicyclists on Saturday evening in Oak Park Heights, killing a 35-year-old woman and critically injuring her husband. The driver did not stop at the scene of the accident. (08/07/2014)
One teenage boy was killed and three others were injured when the SUV they were riding in veered out of control south of Rosemount on Wednesday night. All the victims were current or recent Burnsville High School students. (08/07/2014)
Target signed onto the amicus brief for two cases dealing with same-sex marriage that are under appeal in the Seventh Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. The cases seek to overturn bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana and Wisconsin. (08/06/2014)
CenturyLink said its new high-speed internet will cost $80 to $110 a month, depending on how residents bundle their services. (08/05/2014)
Deaths from opiate overdoses have continued to rise in Minnesota and across the country in recent years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have described the level of opiate overdose deaths as an epidemic. (08/02/2014)
"You share our grief, and because of that, you lighten our burden," Michelle Patrick told the crowd gathered at the makeshift memorial in West St. Paul. (08/02/2014)
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)