Kelly Smith | Star Tribune
Reporter | State / Regional Team

Smith was born in Duluth and grew up in the Twin Cities. She graduated from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., and worked for the Forum newspaper in Fargo, N.D., before coming to the Star Tribune in 2010.

Trump endorses Rep. Erik Paulsen in late-night tweet

Paulsen's first ad highlighted how he's breaking with Trump, but now he's being endorsed by the president.

National political stars descend on closely fought Minnesota

Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio among GOP stars visiting to boost House candidates.

Former Red Wing mayor John Howe challenges incumbent Steve Simon for Minnesota Secretary of State job

Simon wants more access; Howe would fight fraud.

Lewis, Paulsen face off with Craig, Phillips, in TV debates

In one of their final debates before the Nov. 6 election, the candidates clashed over issues ranging from health care to taxes.

Report by Minnesota groups condemns anti-Muslim rhetoric

The report is critical of both Democrats and Republicans.

Minneapolis police union endorses Jeff Johnson for Minnesota governor

Union previously backed Democrat Mark Dayton.

Jim Newberger, self-described 'underdog,' aims to unseat Amy Klobuchar

 Jim Newberger steered his black SUV into a nearly empty parking lot, relishing an hour of downtime in a whirlwind…

About 21,000 Minnesotans' information affected in data breach from Department of Human Services

But DHS says there's no evidence that personal info was viewed or downloaded.

Paulsen, Phillips clash at second debate in congressional race

With less than a month before the election, the race is heating up.

Trump calls on Rochester rally to turn Minnesota to red state

In a wide-ranging speech in front of a capacity crowd at Mayo Civic Center, President Donald Trump touted his achievement along with Minnesota GOP hopefuls. The rally also drew a large group of protesters.