Jon Collins Feature Archive

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)
The Massachusetts-based chain has been recruiting franchise owners in Minnesota since the end of October. (01/10/2014)
About 60 people gathered in a basement room across from the Metrodome with officials from the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the Minnesota Vikings and Mortenson Construction, the firm chosen to build the stadium. (01/10/2014)
"If you look at what's being built and the demographics of who is moving in, it really tells the story of the return to what I call urban America," said Thomas Streitz, director of housing policy and development for Minneapolis. (01/08/2014)
Reopening the state's environmental health lab may take longer, however, a delay that could require some retesting of samples. (01/07/2014)
Wabasha County has been operating a so-called safe driving program since 2003 that allowed drivers cited for some traffic offenses to instead pay a flat $125 to take a class and maintain a clean record. Nearly three dozen Minnesota counties and cities operate similar programs. (01/06/2014)
Steve Reinarts, an instructor at Dunwoody College of Technology, offered some tips for taking care of your car when it's cold out. (01/04/2014)
"Today our task is to find people who are missing and unaccounted for," Hussein Ahmed, director of the West Bank Community Coalition said Thursday morning. (01/02/2014)
Authorities are responding to a train derailment west of the city of Casselton, N.D. The Cass County Sheriff is "strongly recommending" people evacuate from the area. (12/30/2013)
A spokesperson for Delta Air Lines said the company will stand by heavily discounted fares that were created by an error. (12/26/2013)
Laura Kirstine Avery, 60, was convicted Monday of four counts of malicious punishment of a child for incidents that occurred when she was a substitute teacher at Oak Grove Elementary School in Bloomington last year. (12/23/2013)
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)