Jon Collins Feature Archive

A former principal and assistant principal have been charged with failing to report allegations against Walter Happel of sexual misconduct with students at a St. Paul school. (07/14/2014)
A bus system that operates more like a train is emerging as the top choice for a new corridor linking St. Paul to the eastern suburbs. (07/11/2014)
The proposed starter line is one of seven routes in the city's long-term streetcar plan. That line could cost an estimated $250 million if approved. (07/10/2014)
Duluth Mayor Don Ness said Thursday that he's leaning against running for office in 2015, although he won't make a final decision until fall. (07/03/2014)
A new phase in the $272 million restoration of the Minnesota State Capitol that begins next week will force the closure of some parts of the building to the public. (07/03/2014)
West Nile virus has been found in Minnesota every year since its arrival in the state in 2002. Last year, there were 73 cases of West Nile virus in Minnesota. (07/03/2014)
The proposal approved Wednesday allows voters to decide whether to raise filing fees for city offices. (07/02/2014)
Controversial bear researcher Lynn Rogers said he has removed radio collars from bears involved in a long-running northern Minnesota research project. (06/30/2014)
Buprenorphine is fairly new and has shown promise helping addicts. But there's a catch: Congress capped the number of patients each doctor can treat with the drug and a doctor must request a waiver to prescribe it. Some doctors and public health officials say it's time to remove the caps. (06/30/2014)
The night of his arrest, 17-year-old John LaDue told Waseca police that he had made plans to kill his family and then attack classmates at Waseca Junior and Senior High School, according to court records released Tuesday. (06/25/2014)
In Minnesota history, the 25 inches of rain that has fallen through June 20 passes the previous record year of 2001 by over 4 inches. Nearly a year's worth of rain has fallen on the Twin Cities in the first six months of 2014, the National Weather Service said. (06/20/2014)
Minnesotans across the state woke up to thunder and torrential rain Thursday that triggered flash flooding and dangerous driving conditions in some places. (06/19/2014)
The group, mostly made up of mothers, was instrumental in pushing for a new state law that makes it easier for doctors to more widely prescribe a drug called naloxone, or Narcan, that can bring someone back from an opiate overdose. (06/19/2014)
University of Minnesota women's rowing coach Wendy Davis and two team members were in a motorboat when they spotted the woman, waist-deep in the water and clutching a tree. (06/18/2014)
The explosion was limited to one lab on Smith Hall's fourth floor and didn't include a fire, university spokesman Chuck Tombarge said. U officials believe the explosion was caused by an organic compound, he added. (06/17/2014)