Jon Collins Feature Archive

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)
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)