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.

Amid "public safety crisis," Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe holds rally to protest impasse with county

Monday's rally came days after the Mille Lacs Band sued Mille Lacs County over a policing agreement.

More Minn. sex trafficking victims are getting help

That could be a sign of more awareness and services.

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe sues county over policing dispute

Talks have deadlocked and Dayton's attempt to intervene failed.

Father of St. Cloud 3-year-old who shot himself is arrested in Montana

The father, a felon, wasn't allowed to own a gun.

Report: Refugees have almost no impact on Stearns County budget

As St. Cloud debates resettlement issue, numbers show costs to county are negligible.

Police: St. Cloud 3-year-old shot self with dad's improperly stored gun

Police say the boy's father, a felon, was not allowed to own a gun.

Investigators hope 15th anniversary of St. John's student's disappearance sparks new tips

On Nov. 9, 2002, Josh Guimond left a party on campus around midnight and disappeared without a trace.

St. Cloud mayor vetoes 'tobacco 21' ordinance after a split City Council approves it

– In front of a packed City Hall audience, a split St. Cloud City Council narrowly passed a new ordinance last week…

St. Cloud council soundly rejects ban on refugee resettlement

City Council voted 6-1 against the measure in a meeting that was at times heated, and approved a resolution saying that the city is a welcoming community.

From fish boils to fall colors, Wisconsin's Door County shines in autumn

The postcard-perfect forested scenery of the Wisconsin peninsula takes center stage.