Jon Collins Feature Archive

Erica Mauter never imagined when she was growing up that she'd be able to get married. Polls in Minnesota as recently as a decade ago showed that a large majority opposed same-sex marriage. But as advocates publicly pushed the issue, opinions began to change. (05/16/2014)
Extremist group al-Shabaab released a video in English this week that calls for supporters to carry out a "lone-wolf mission" of terrorism or travel to Somalia to join the terrorist group. The video closes with a mock-up of an airplane boarding pass showing Minnesota as the point of origin and the slogan, "Next flight to Mogadishu the only one missing is you." (05/15/2014)
Gardeners in the Longfellow neighborhood of south Minneapolis are planting a community garden where they grow only hops, the bitter plant used to brew beer. (05/13/2014)
This lawsuit, the third against the school, alleges it neglected to protect students from a teacher who sexually abused them, even after school officials were informed of inappropriate behavior and allegations of sexual misconduct. (05/13/2014)
Joseph Mark Sanislo, 19, was filmed last week jumping off the 610 West River Bridge in Brooklyn Park as part of the "Cold Water Challenge," an online campaign that originally was intended to raise money for charity. (05/12/2014)
The union has argued that any Sunday sales could cause their members to reopen contract negotiations with the distributors. (05/09/2014)
The study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found 27 percent of young veterans from those wars do not have consistent access to food. (05/07/2014)
The suit alleges that all six paid staff members contacted former board chair Charles Durant in March 2013 to report that Thies had misused funds and supplies and that Thies retaliated against the employees by unfairly criticizing their performance. (05/06/2014)
The Catholic Services Appeal Foundation asked priests in the May 2 letter to boost fundraising at parishes, but said the effort remains on track compared to the same period last year. (05/06/2014)
Peter Stibal was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison in 2011 for abusing four boys while leading a Boy Scout troop in Burnsville. (05/05/2014)
Matthew Michael Damman, 31, faces one charge for fleeing police and five counts of criminal vehicular operation. (05/02/2014)
The yearly ranking scored Minnesota high for its policies and programs, although the state was ranked low for infrastructure and funding. It's the seventh year in a row that Minnesota has made it into the top five. Only Washington state received a higher overall ranking. (05/01/2014)
Former state Rep. Marion Greene won almost 36 percent of the vote in the six-way race to fill the board seat in Hennepin County's 3rd District, which covers all of St. Louis Park and much of southwest Minneapolis. (04/30/2014)
The top two vote getters in today's special primary election will proceed to the special election on May 13. (04/29/2014)
Buford Braden Rogers, 25, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for one count of illegally possessing a firearm and one count of possessing homemade bombs. (04/28/2014)