Kelly Smith | Star Tribune
Reporter | State / Regional Team

Kelly Smith covers Greater Minnesota and the region. A Star Tribune reporter since 2010, she has covered K-12 education, west metro suburbs and Hennepin County government.


Brainerd pushes ahead with plan to revitalize river, downtown

It's part of a statewide trend in revamping access and amenities to the Mississippi River.


Go fly a kite on ice on Lake Mille Lacs

Snowkiting is a growing sport across Minnesota's 10,000 lakes


New St. Paul city attorney sues DFL legislator for defamation, 'innuendos'

Lyndsey Olson alleged in a court document that state Rep. John Lesch smeared her professional reputation in a letter to the mayor.


Minnesota incident included in 2018 U.S. school-shooting total shouldn't be, police official says

Cmdr. Dave Kvam said school shootings should be defined as deadly, intentional criminal acts in talking about officer's gun that discharged.


Authorities in northern Minnesota searching for pregnant woman missing since Feb. 2

Kara Blevins, 27, was last seen in the town of Akeley. Investigators have yet to find evidence of a crime.


Super Bowl visitors leave some Minnesota Nice along with winter gear

Parkas piled up, thanks to last-minute collection.


St. Paul boy dies after hitting tree while sledding at Scout camp

Simon Caquelin hit a tree while sledding at a Boy Scout camp last week. After 10 days in the hospital, he died Monday.


Minnesota communities are considering resolutions that affirm they are welcoming to all

City councils in Willmar and St. Joseph are expected to discuss resolutions Monday. The measures don't change policy but are considered symbolic.


NFL officials, players discuss taking a knee, racial equality in sports

More than 200 people attended the third annual Super Bowl Town Hall held by the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality.


Where did the homeless go in Minneapolis during Super Bowl week?

Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis has opened up space. And over the weekend shelters will extend opening times.