Jon Collins Feature Archive

Minnesota's corn crop is coming in much later than last year and the harvest is much more wet, which puts more pressure on propane supplies used to fuel dryers. (10/24/2013)
A Dakota County grand jury today indicted a 31-year-old Rosemount man in the shooting death of Palagor Jobi in Burnsville last month. (10/24/2013)
Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan said Wednesday that "heads should roll" over the problem-plagued launch of the federal health care law's website. (10/23/2013)
The Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis could be closed as a measure to prevent invasive Asian carp from spreading further north. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday. (10/23/2013)
Created by the Legislature, the Board of Pardons has the ability to award what the legal system calls a pardon extraordinary, which removes the requirement that people with criminal histories have to report their convictions to potential employers or anyone else. On Tuesday, 18 people asked that they be pardoned (10/23/2013)
While city officials weigh whether or not to equip Minneapolis police officers with small wearable cameras, many communities have already taken that step. The Twin Cities suburb of Burnsville is one of them. (10/22/2013)
The owners of a building near the Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis could face a lawsuit from the city for discharging thousands of gallons of water an hour into the nearby lakes through a storm sewer. (10/21/2013)
A Kanabec County man has died after a crane he was operating tipped over at a construction site. (10/21/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation will close Interstate 35E in St. Paul for construction over the weekend. (10/18/2013)
A Dakota County grand jury has indicted three St. Paul teens in connection with the killing of Luis David Reyes-Galvan in West St. Paul in January. (10/18/2013)
The website and mobile app of Delta Air Lines were unavailable much of the day on Thursday. The airline reported tonight the website is working again. (10/17/2013)
If Congress fails to pass a budget bill after the first of the year, some who depend on the heating subsidies may have trouble finding the funds to pay utilities. (10/16/2013)
In its ninth year, the Zombie Pub Crawl has grown from a scrappy DIY effort organized by a few friends to a sprawling event that's expected to bring about 30,000 people to the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis on Saturday. Not everyone welcomes those playing undead. (10/11/2013)
Islamic Center of St. Cloud President Abdulrashid Salad said afterward that he realized during the hearing that revising the proposal could increase its chances of passage. (10/08/2013)
Taking publicly available data and putting it in forms that are more easily digestible for the public is the point of so-called "civic hacking," which seeks to provide practical solutions to civic problems by applying data and design. (10/06/2013)