Jon Collins Feature Archive

In an effort to curb the influence of opponents at the Capitol, Minnesota Beer Activists is launching a public awareness campaign for Sunday liquor sales in the coming weeks, including a website that lets constituents directly contact their representatives at the State Capitol. (12/22/2013)
Fears the propane cooker might be dangerous led authorities to summon the Bloomington Police bomb squad. The terminal was closed for about two hours and about 12 flights were delayed due to the incident. (12/20/2013)
Samuel David Shoen, 35, who authorities say is a member of a white supremacist gang called the Hammerskins, is facing three counts of illegal possession of firearms, wearing a bulletproof vest while committing a crime and possession of methamphetamines. (12/19/2013)
"The Minneapolis Chief of Police unilaterally announced this proposed arrangement without first notifying the Commissioner of Public Safety, Governor Dayton, or the Governor's Chief of Staff — a course of action that the Governor considers extremely inappropriate," Dayton spokesperson Matt Swenson said in a statement. (12/18/2013)
The Secret Service is investigating credit- and debit-card data theft at Target stores. Unnamed sources at major credit issuers have said that the security breach started sometime on or near Black Friday. (12/18/2013)
Xcel's request of a 4.6 percent interim rate boost for 2014 was approved by the Public Utilities Commission. The increase that takes effect in January will bring the company an estimated $127.4 million. (12/13/2013)
Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in south Minneapolis early Wednesday morning. Officials say there are no suspects and no arrests have been made. (12/11/2013)
Ramsey County officially launches a veterans court intended to help veterans charged with nonviolent crimes to get their lives back on track. (12/11/2013)
With Hennepin County seeing an all-time high in heroin overdose deaths, Sheriff Rich Stanek announced his support to allow law enforcement officers carry a prescription antidote to opiate overdoses. (12/10/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton has extended an executive order that lifts some restrictions on drivers carrying propane. The state is seeing a substantial shortage of propane, which many Minnesotans rely on for heating and agriculture. (12/09/2013)
The testing follows the state's discovery in September of trichloroethylene soil vapors at public sites across the neighborhood. (12/06/2013)
A man died early this morning when his car went over the guard rail on the Bloomington Ferry Bridge between Bloomington and Shakopee. (12/06/2013)
State agencies in Minnesota and Wisconsin approved a $332.5 million contract this week to build the St. Croix Crossing bridge deck and other elements across the river, as well as the highway ramps and approach bridge. (12/05/2013)
Lakeville North High School started classes Thursday with a moment of silence to honor a classmate who died Wednesday when her car slid into an oncoming SUV. (12/05/2013)
A junior at Lakeville North High School was killed in a car accident during her commute to school Wednesday. (12/04/2013)