Jon Collins Feature Archive

The largest midnight same-sex marriage celebration happened at Minneapolis City Hall, where Mayor R.T. Rybak officiated more than three dozen weddings. (08/01/2013)
After some epic political battles, same-sex couples will be able to marry legally in Minnesota starting at midnight tonight. For some, it's the culmination of years of waiting or fighting. For others, it's a milestone they thought would never arrive. (07/31/2013)
Darin Pavek has been driving the Route 5 bus overnight for Metro Transit for the last decade. When passengers board the bus heading to the Mall of America, Pavek looks them in the eye and greets them. Most reciprocate. Some get hostile. (07/29/2013)
Minneapolis is planning to add two significant lengths of street to the city's system of bike-friendly paths and boulevards. But these aren't projects intended primarily for the already-spandexed. (07/26/2013)
Today is the last day for Minnesotans to apply for same-sex marriage licenses and still manage a wedding on Aug. 1, when same-sex marriage becomes legal in the state. (07/26/2013)
A Ramsey County jury found two men guilty on Thursday for sex trafficking a teen and a young woman in St. Paul last year. (07/25/2013)
The Maple Lake teen was killed after her car collided with a dump truck in Wright county. Emma Rodelius was going to be a senior at Buffalo High School. (07/24/2013)
A federal indictment alleges operators of Mall of America kiosks knew they were employing foreign nationals not permitted to work in the U.S. (07/23/2013)
Rosalie Wahl, one of Minnesota's legal pioneers, died today at 88. While she will be remembered first and foremost as Minnesota's first woman to serve on the state Supreme Court, her time as justice was only a part of an extraordinary life. "Minnesota owes Justice Wahl a great debt of gratitude for her exceptional service," Gov. Mark Dayton said. (07/22/2013)
In 1975, then-Sen. Walter Mondale changed the Senate's filibuster rules. Today, as Democratic senators are poised to dramatically change the rules again, he reflects on his role in the change and today's gridlock in Washington. (07/16/2013)
A bill legalizing marijuana for medical uses won't be introduced in time to meet deadlines at the state Legislature this year. (03/13/2013)
The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that it should not be forced to further limit Xcel Energy's emissions from a power plant in Sherburne County. (02/01/2013)
A teenager pleaded guilty Friday in the shooting death of 5-year-old Nizzel George last summer in Minneapolis. George was struck and killed by a bullet fired from outside his grandmother's house, as he was sitting on her couch. (02/01/2013)
The son of a Minneapolis business owner who was gunned down in September has been invited to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. (01/31/2013)
A seminar to help businesses learn how best to hire and retain veterans will take place in Duluth on Friday. (01/10/2013)