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Shannon Prather

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Shannon Prather covers suburban news.
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Center of the American Experiment ramps up in Minnesota

Center of the American Experiment ramps up in Minnesota

John Hinderaker, in remaking the conservative think tank, also sees a surge in donations.
Minn. Historical Society gets ready to settle Capitol art dispute

Minn. Historical Society gets ready to settle Capitol art dispute

On Thursday, the 30-member executive council of the Minnesota Historical Society is expected to decide the future of six massive and priceless paintings that depict Minnesota soldiers in Civil War battles.
Innovative Walk-In Counseling Center thriving after nearly 50 years

Innovative Walk-In Counseling Center thriving after nearly 50 years

Founded in 1969, clinic follows no-fee, anonymous model that has reached thousands.
From A to Zany: Troupe uses theater to teach complex topics to kids

From A to Zany: Troupe uses theater to teach complex topics to kids

The Minneapolis-based nonprofit National Theatre for Children is the creative middleman connecting companies, schools and perhaps their toughest customers: children.
Dorothy Day Center holds last Thanksgiving dinner in old, cramped space

Dorothy Day Center holds last Thanksgiving dinner in old, cramped space

The mood is upbeat as staff prepares a move to the more spacious Higher Ground.
GiveMN promises a complete accounting for online glitches

GiveMN promises a complete accounting for online glitches

The nonprofit expects its technology vendor to find out what went wrong on the site.
Some Minnesota nonprofits ride post-election surge

Some Minnesota nonprofits ride post-election surge

Some leaders attribute uptick in donations and volunteers to postelection anxiety.
Overloaded servers don't keep Give to Max Day from passing last year's total

Overloaded servers don't keep Give to Max Day from passing last year's total

Even with topping $18 million, donors and nonprofits express frustration with GiveMN site.

Two North Side nonprofits get Bush awards for innovation

Six Upper Midwest nonprofits with bold missions to transform the communities they serve, including the Northside Achievement Zone in north Minneapolis, will divide up a…

Give to the Max strategies get playful, creative

Partake in a little sledgehammer therapy in St. Paul. Help some duct-tape wielding students stick it to their teacher in St. Louis Park. Laugh it…

Minnesota's homeless vet population declines

Registry identifies individuals in need and helps them find housing.
Minneapolis, St. Paul energy conservation nonprofits merge

Minneapolis, St. Paul energy conservation nonprofits merge

The two conservation groups will continue to help metro area residents save on energy bills.
Minn. polling places prepare for evening turnout

Minn. polling places prepare for evening turnout

Twin Cities voters went to the polls in a steady stream Tuesday evening, but by about 5 p.m. there were few signs of a late rush like the one that polling places saw in the early morning.

Local spelling bee is again spelling SOS

For the second year in a row, the Twin Cities’ regional spelling bee could be in peril if it doesn’t find a patron. The Scripps…
For millennials, a new way to give

For millennials, a new way to give

The 50 members of the nonprofit Fourth Generation pool their dollars and time to make smarter, focused donation decisions.
Blind wild mustangs with 15th-century bloodlines sent to Minnesota sanctuary

Blind wild mustangs with 15th-century bloodlines sent to Minnesota sanctuary

Hastings-based sanctuary took the seven – plus two mares – from S.D. refuge.
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity expands into fixer-uppers

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity expands into fixer-uppers

For the first time, Habitat will allow an expanded pool of families to shop for homes on the open market and then assist with the purchase and renovations.
Apartments for homeless youths open in St. Paul, offer them a helping hand

Apartments for homeless youths open in St. Paul, offer them a helping hand

The program in St. Paul aims to offer a safe place to develop life skills before moving on.
Obituary: Methodist Bishop Emerson Colaw was 'spellbinding' orator, kind ministry leader

Obituary: Methodist Bishop Emerson Colaw was 'spellbinding' orator, kind ministry leader

Methodist Bishop Emerson Stephen Colaw had a knack for taking a familiar Bible story and reframing it in a way that challenged and inspired listeners.…
Young people get help in financial literacy

Young people get help in financial literacy

Several nonprofits offer programs to improve financial literacy among teens and young adults — and meet what is increasingly seen as a real need.

Nonprofit exec already under investigation now charged with tax fraud

Michael Tobak is being investigated by state and federal authorities for allegedly diverting millions from his home health-care business for his personal use.
Minnesota first in the nation to launch Young Women's Initiative

Minnesota first in the nation to launch Young Women's Initiative

It's a first-of-its-kind partnership between the state and a nonprofit, the Women's Foundation of Minnesota.
Twin Cities nonprofits move forward on livable wage

Twin Cities nonprofits move forward on livable wage

Some leaders say paying a livable wage to their own employees is a moral mandate.
Minnesotans line up to adopt puppies saved from overseas meat farms

Minnesotans line up to adopt puppies saved from overseas meat farms

Dogs once set for slaughter are finding homes here in a Humane Society program.

Nonprofit exec accused of siphoning millions from Golden Valley firm

The Minnesota attorney general, U.S. attorney and the IRS are scrutinizing International Health Care Services of Golden Valley and its former president.
New savings raffles entice more Minnesotans to save

New savings raffles entice more Minnesotans to save

Retiree Lois Ninnemann likes to belly up to the penny slots at the casino. The thrill of a big jackpot is a big reason she…
Ex-North Star, Gopher Pat Micheletti joins push to find kidney donors

Ex-North Star, Gopher Pat Micheletti joins push to find kidney donors

Pro hockey cost the Minnesota hockey great a knee and a hip. But the ibuprofen he took daily nearly cost him his life.
Two children maimed in ISIL attacks treated in Minnesota

Two children maimed in ISIL attacks treated in Minnesota

Both boys lost limbs during terrorist attacks in northern Iraq.
Target shifts its giving strategy, promotes the power of play

Target shifts its giving strategy, promotes the power of play

Retailer pours money and sweat into playgrounds, other projects.
New way to give for new generation of donors

New way to give for new generation of donors

The 50 members of the nonprofit Fourth Generation pool their dollars and time to make smarter, focused donation decisions.
Twin Cities businesses ask why professionals of color leave

Twin Cities businesses ask why professionals of color leave

Sixty percent of those who took part in recent focus groups said they plan to leave the state in the next three to five years.
Manufactured home park in St. Anthony can't undo its sale, judge rules

Manufactured home park in St. Anthony can't undo its sale, judge rules

Judge says the law must balance their interests against the rights of the park owner.

Downtown Minneapolis YWCA to show off $12.5 million face-lift

A $12.5 million makeover means the YWCA in downtown Minneapolis will look refreshed as the nonprofit organization celebrates it 125th year. Planners have reworked much…
18,000 kids celebrate their good work at WE Day at Xcel Center

18,000 kids celebrate their good work at WE Day at Xcel Center

Young philanthropists earn tickets by volunteering and raising money for nonprofits.
Aggressive tenant screening creates class of 'unrentables'

Aggressive tenant screening creates class of 'unrentables'

Local nonprofits explore ways to ease screening for tenants with a troubled past.
Oldest Minnesota charity reaches 150 year milestone

Oldest Minnesota charity reaches 150 year milestone

They first met to address the pressing needs of their time. The year was 1866, and the 20 Minnesota women collected clothing for newly freed…
Lino Lakes City Council fights proposed pay lanes along I-35W

Lino Lakes City Council fights proposed pay lanes along I-35W

Council members say they don't want to limit lane use, which is key to MnDOT's push for mass transit.
Community gardens more than triple in Twin Cities

Community gardens more than triple in Twin Cities

Gardening was forbidden where Anthony Emanuel grew up. Residents were not allowed to disturb the ground around the north Minneapolis public housing complex apartment where…
Blaine lands first boutique hotel

Blaine lands first boutique hotel

The five-story hotel, only the city's third one of that size, will be built across the street from the National Sports Center.
Columbia Heights cop fired over stake in check-cashing business

Columbia Heights cop fired over stake in check-cashing business

20-year police veteran had financial stake in Your Exchange while responding to felony-level police calls there.
In canoe on Mississippi, interior secretary marks 100 years of Park Service

In canoe on Mississippi, interior secretary marks 100 years of Park Service

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell paddled a canoe Friday off St. Paul to highlight the Twin Cities' urban park, lauded as a national treasure.
Minn. Supreme Court divided on access to Metro Transit recordings

Minn. Supreme Court divided on access to Metro Transit recordings

KSTP was denied access to video of a bus crash, but in a separate decision a blind passenger won access to Metro Transit video.
United Way's Action Day expands to Target Field

United Way's Action Day expands to Target Field

With the move this year, the annual event is going to feel more like a party.
Pheasants Forever helps buy Anoka County parcel for DNR

Pheasants Forever helps buy Anoka County parcel for DNR

Nonprofit group Pheasants Forever helped purchase Anoka County property for the DNR.
Park patrons sink into the Minneapolis Good Chair project

Park patrons sink into the Minneapolis Good Chair project

Sit. Talk. Kiss. Laugh. Eat. The Good Chair Project invites you to take a seat.
Brooklyn Park council member resigns; more changes coming

Brooklyn Park council member resigns; more changes coming

John Jordan moved up his plan to leave the council when he found a new home out of town.
$22M makeover planned for Brooklyn Park's affordable housing

$22M makeover planned for Brooklyn Park's affordable housing

Low interest rates and strong demand for rentals are the factors making expansive rehabs possible, owners of the four aging complexes said.
Minn. A.G. sides with mobile home owners fighting redevelopment

Minn. A.G. sides with mobile home owners fighting redevelopment

Suit over park's sale in St. Anthony tests state law.
Kayak sharing along Mississippi in the works

Kayak sharing along Mississippi in the works

If the Minneapolis Park Board approves, the program will set up rental stations this month.
Anoka adds resources to its crackdown on homeless, panhandling

Anoka adds resources to its crackdown on homeless, panhandling

City leaders are adding more security in an effort to stem "cancer" on downtown streets.
Bird safety top priority as Fridley's Springbrook Nature Center reopens

Bird safety top priority as Fridley's Springbrook Nature Center reopens

A nature center designed to showcase wildlife shouldn’t be dangerous to the very animals it’s celebrating. That guiding principle will be evident at the grand…
Obituary: Jeanne Bearmon, World War II veteran and psychologist

Obituary: Jeanne Bearmon, World War II veteran and psychologist

Jeanne Goldoff Bearmon had longed to go to college. But that was a tall order for a young woman from a working-class Brooklyn family in…
Minneapolis, St. Paul lead suburbs in growth

Minneapolis, St. Paul lead suburbs in growth

Suburbs still robust, but many families are seeking out homes in urban core.

Fatal hit-and-run creates political storm in Blaine

Most agree traffic is one of the suburb's top issues, but residents differ on solutions.
Met Council pushes to preserve mobile home parks in suburbs

Met Council pushes to preserve mobile home parks in suburbs

Antonia Alvarez and her young daughter left their cockroach-infested Minneapolis apartment complex a decade ago and joined the ranks of suburban homeowners for the first…
Obituary: Ralph Talbot was Anoka County's longest-serving sheriff

Obituary: Ralph Talbot was Anoka County's longest-serving sheriff

Ralph "Buster" Talbot's proudest identity was as a family man, but generations of Anoka County residents knew him as "Sheriff."First appointed to the top law…

Brooklyn Park, Columbia Heights open new libraries

Modernizing the facilities was the aim at both sites.
Two north metro cities scramble to upgrade water plants to filter out contaminant

Two north metro cities scramble to upgrade water plants to filter out contaminant

New Brighton and St. Anthony take steps to protect supplies.
Columbia Heights beats out Woodbury for All-America City title

Columbia Heights beats out Woodbury for All-America City title

Columbia Heights has been named an All-America City for 2016, a prize that eluded fellow metro-area contender Woodbury.Both cities were among the 20 national finalists…

Brooklyn Center backs off single-family rental restrictions

After pressure from real estate agents and activists for fair housing, council says no to restrictive plan.
Hopkins returns to its roots and plants raspberries

Hopkins returns to its roots and plants raspberries

City officials are reintroducing raspberry bushes in the area, a nod to the city's history as the "Raspberry Capital of the World."
Coon Rapids strip mall owners want to banish popular bus stop

Coon Rapids strip mall owners want to banish popular bus stop

Loitering, property rights issues arise at well-used but unofficial drop-off point for riders at Riverdale Crossing shopping center.

How to wring every ounce of fun out of summer in Anoka County

Folks in Anoka County — home to the state’s largest outdoor water park, more than 10,000 acres of county parks and a flurry of free…
Plans to transform historic Anoka asylum site move forward

Plans to transform historic Anoka asylum site move forward

Historic Anoka site to become veterans housing.
Obituary: Popular professor, futurist Arthur Harkins pushed students to think ahead

Obituary: Popular professor, futurist Arthur Harkins pushed students to think ahead

University of Minnesota sociologist Arthur Harkins challenged his students and colleagues to consider what the world might look like in the future, and how technology…
Development collides with protected species in Anoka County

Development collides with protected species in Anoka County

A small plant delayed the project for a year, and raised questions about future growth vs. environmental protection in the north metro area.

Sheriff Stanek's son cited for accident, marijuana pipe

The son of Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek was cited early Friday morning after rear-ending a fire engine in Brooklyn Center, according to a police report. Police found marijuana pipes in the smashed-up truck driven by Ryan J. Stanek.
Step to It Challenge motivates suburbs

Step to It Challenge motivates suburbs

Hennepin County pits city against city in its annual competition. Brooklyn Park is the reigning champ.
Senate passes Met Council reform bill

Senate passes Met Council reform bill

The governor still would appoint all 17 members.
New program aims to help struggling families find Section 8 housing

New program aims to help struggling families find Section 8 housing

Met Council seeks rentals in areas with good schools.
What price solar? Flurry of applications raises questions in exurbs

What price solar? Flurry of applications raises questions in exurbs

Wright County has been swept up in the newest clean-energy movement — solar power — and some are uneasy about how that will alter the landscape.
In rare move, Coon Rapids condemns abandoned split-level

In rare move, Coon Rapids condemns abandoned split-level

The '70s-era home in Coon Rapids, abandoned nearly five years ago by its owner – and even the bank – is rotted beyond repair.
St. Anthony mobile home park to close and land will be redeveloped

St. Anthony mobile home park to close and land will be redeveloped

The sale and shutdown of the Lowry Grove mobile home park is the latest closure in the northern Twin Cities metro.
Two very different suburbs in running for coveted title

Two very different suburbs in running for coveted title

Opposites Columbia Heights, Woodbury hope they're All-America

Obituary: Wesley Cox, a Spring Lake Park founder, first police chief, helped city grow

Wesley Cox was one of Spring Lake Park's founding fathers and helped shepherd the young city for decades.He was elected one of its first constables…
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