Jon Collins Feature Archive

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office identified her as Lesean Morrisa Taylor, 36, of St. Paul. (03/04/2014)
As communities across the state continue to struggle with rising rates of heroin abuse, these users, who are also younger, seem to be contracting the potentially liver-destroying disease hepatitis C at higher rates, according to state data. And health officials suspect dirty needles may be to blame. (03/04/2014)
Mall of America Vice President of Public Relations Dan Jasper said the expansion will add about 700,000 square feet to the Mall of America. (03/03/2014)
Anoka County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the death. (03/03/2014)
The man was sitting on a bench more than 35 feet away from paramedics when a Ramsey County Sheriff's deputy approached and ordered him to stop filming. He refused, and the deputy confiscated his camera. (02/27/2014)
A 12-year-old student at St. Louis Park Middle School has been hospitalized after an incident during a swimming class shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday. (02/27/2014)
Mourners sang, prayed and vowed to support the children's father, Troy Lewis, and two surviving children, who are hospitalized for their injuries. (02/15/2014)
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)