Jon Collins Feature Archive

Thomas Sonnenberg, 69, let Devon Parker, 20, into his north Minneapolis house shortly before noon after Parker pleaded for refuge, saying people were chasing him with a bat. Prosecutors say Parker, of Minneapolis, then grabbed Sonnenberg's gun off his hip and shot him in the head. (02/03/2014)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Friday that it is setting the walleye safe harvest level at 60,000 pounds for 2014, with 42,900 pounds set aside for state anglers and 17,100 pounds allocated to eight Chippewa bands that have treaty rights to fish on the lake. (01/31/2014)
As thousands of Minnesotans struggle with the price of the propane used to heat their homes and businesses, politicians at the state and federal levels are boosting aid to hard-hit residents and pressuring industry to try to end the propane shortage. (01/31/2014)
Janet Velo bikes twelve miles to work in Eagan on icy roads in the winter. And she says she does it with a big grin on her face. (01/29/2014)
On Monday, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton issued an executive order retroactively authorizing members of the Minnesota National Guard to help and shelter stranded motorists as snowy and cold conditions swept across the state. By Monday night, travel conditions had improved in the state to such an extent that no emergency shelters for motorists remained open. (01/27/2014)
Schools are closed, the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus has canceled classes, dozens of roads are closed and travelers were stranded Sunday night as another polar deep freeze descended on Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. (01/27/2014)
Cold weather is driving up prices for propane that's already in short supply in the Upper Midwest, alarming some rural residents who depend on the gas for heating, and forcing the government to scramble to provide some relief. (01/26/2014)
The efforts of Move MN are fueled by the condition of the state's transportation infrastructure. The 2013 report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers found that 52 percent of Minnesota's roads are in poor or mediocre condition. (01/23/2014)
Investigators traced stolen credit card numbers and personal documents found during a traffic stop in April 2012 to 50-year-old Roxanne DeFlorin. A raid on her house in August 2012 turned up the personal information of 355 people, including social security and credit card numbers. (01/22/2014)
A Minnesota Department of Health report found that health disparities between whites and minorities in part resulted from structural racism, which refers to racism that's built into systems and policies. The report extends beyond health policy, touching on transportation, geography and employment policies, among others. (01/17/2014)
A body pulled out of the Chicago River by police this afternoon has been identified as Lauren Li, 21, of Burnsville. (01/15/2014)
Under the terms of a three-year contract, the musicians will have to take a 15 percent pay cut in the first year. But the musicians said the orchestra will remain in the nation's top 10 in terms of pay. (01/15/2014)
The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Paul John Bulen, 55, of Mahtomedi. (01/13/2014)
Organizers of the event asked attendees to get involved with anti-violence groups or push for tighter gun laws at the State Capitol in the upcoming legislative session. (01/13/2014)
It got so cold for such an extended period that up to 80 percent of invasive emerald ash borers may have died. (01/10/2014)