Jon Collins Feature Archive

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)
About 70 supporters and airport workers had attended the Metropolitan Airports Commission's board meeting on Monday afternoon to voice grievances about the low wages they say are paid to some airport workers who assist people with disabilities. (06/16/2014)
A former Catholic priest who has admitted to sexually abusing children said in a deposition made public Wednesday that he was never asked by church officials to identify all the children he'd abused, even though some officials knew he'd abused young boys as early as 1964. (06/11/2014)
Authorities are not yet releasing the child's identity or condition. Hoffman said the child was conscious while being evacuated by medical helicopter to a Twin Cities hospital. (06/05/2014)
President Barack Obama last week laid out a plan to wind down the war in Afghanistan. The president wants to keep 9,800 troops there after combat missions end later this year before completely leaving the country in 2016. About 162 Minnesota guardsmen are still serving in the country. (06/05/2014)
The State Patrol posted a video on YouTube today of the May 30 incident recorded by the school bus camera. The footage shows the semi illegally passing the bus, which has its lights flashing and stop arm down, and then continuing on. (06/03/2014)
The letter was processed at a location outside of the governor's residence, officials said, adding that it posed no threat to the governor. Officials have not identified the substance. (06/02/2014)
The announcement comes amid an internal investigation into whether Don Briel, director and founder of the Center for Catholic Studies, or others at the university knew that an archdiocesan board had recommended that the Rev. Michael Keating, a professor of Catholic Studies, not mentor young adults. (05/30/2014)
The Twin Cities' annual war against mosquitoes is set to shift into full gear as mosquito control crews start spraying adult mosquitoes in the northern suburbs as early as this week. (05/27/2014)
Trucks selling chef-crafted wares are as common a sight as ice cream trucks, perhaps even more so downtown. Soon another breed of trucks will sell fresh produce direct to consumers. (05/27/2014)
None of the men's names had previously been disclosed by the Twin Cities archdiocese, even though media reports had named two of them previously and one former cleric had been convicted of sexual misconduct. (05/22/2014)
Advocates said that hospital staff should be held accountable for failing to do their jobs adequately, but that broad accountability was more important than one or two staff members taking all the blame. (05/22/2014)
A former St. Paul school custodian already charged with looking under a bathroom stall at an 11-year-old boy is facing seven more sets of charges for sexually abusing and inappropriate behavior with children after new victims came forward. (05/20/2014)
A state investigation released Tuesday found that staff members at Minnesota Security Hospital failed to adequately supervise patients on the January evening that authorities say one patient assaulted and killed another in his cell. (05/20/2014)
A lawsuit filed Monday accuses the Rev. Richard Eckroth of sexually abusing boys at a cabin in northern Minnesota. Internal documents show that Eckroth took more than 350 children to the cabin without their parents, but attorney Jeff Anderson said it's not clear how many of them may have been abused. (05/19/2014)