Jon Collins Feature Archive

Inspectors visited three child care centers and 20 home care providers in Minnesota and found violations of state health, licensing and safety requirements at most locations. (03/16/2015)
The Twin Cities bike-sharing service is also bulking up its bright green fleet, adding more docking stations and streamlining payment options. (03/13/2015)
Meanwhile, opponents say the current proposal is a "metro-centric" bill that would hurt the elderly and the poor. (03/12/2015)
The hay bales fell off a tractor-trailer and hit the couple's car. Criminal charges could be possible against the truck driver. (03/12/2015)
Activists, including those in Minnesota, have asked that police officers receive more cultural competency training. But at its core, the concept of community policing is a partnership. ( 03/11/2015)
Entries should "be gender-neutral and reflect the mascot's role as a friendly, helpful and enthusiastic transit user," officials said. (03/11/2015)
It's largely symbolic, since the city doesn't invest in fossil fuel firms. But a committee hearing on the matter drew many residents and students in support. (03/03/2015)
The summer bike race attracts about 50,000 spectators and 250 professional bicyclists to the region. There are six races scheduled over five days from June 17-21. (03/03/2015)
Blowing snow caused havoc Tuesday in parts of Minnesota. A mid-morning crash shut down Interstate 94 in Wright County. The State Patrol reported 150 metro-area crashes. (03/03/2015)
Declining passenger numbers are leading Allegiant to end scheduled flights from Duluth to Las Vegas. The service, which began in 2006, will end Aug. 18, airport officials said. (03/02/2015)
A baby western lowland gorilla was born at St. Paul's Como Zoo last week. The infant appears to be strong and healthy, zoo officials said Monday. (03/02/2015)
The driver had gotten out of his cab following a fender bender Monday morning. (03/02/2015)
Despite slippery conditions and a new fee, 11,200 people took in Wisconsin's Lake Superior ice caves over the weekend. The weather is likely to shut the caves by March 17. (03/02/2015)
Minnesota's ice dam removers are being greeted in Boston 'like Santa Claus.' (02/26/2015)
Pilots say they don't want to strike but that they earn well below industry standards. Negotiations began in 2010. Federal mediators have been involved since 2012. (02/25/2015)