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.


Edina teachers, school board report threats amid tensions

School board Chairman Leny Wallen-Friedman apologized and said he failed to back up teachers.


Wayzata school leaders vote to change boundaries

500-plus students will switch schools in a plan the Wayzata school board approved Monday night. The changes won't take effect until fall 2019.


Dayton takes pitch for school aid to Minn. classrooms

The governor's $138 million plan may be a long shot since GOP lawmakers aren't backing it.


Twin Cities school districts reshuffle boundaries amid growth

From Anoka-Hennepin to Wayzata, crowded districts drawing new borders.


St. Cloud café finds Warner Bros. doesn't want 'Friends' like them

Company tells Central Perk to drop the name and lose the orange couch.


Twin Cities schools boost mental health programs after student deaths

Rocked by suicides and violence, students spearhead a quest for more resources.


Stearns County park to open its first indoor archery range

A central Minnesota park is looking to tap into the growing popularity of archery by opening its first indoor archery range with hopes that it will become a regional attraction.


Big shortfalls mean Twin Cities schools cut teacher, staff jobs

Metro school districts face a combined shortfall of more than $100 million.


In the aftermath of U.S. school shootings, Hastings High School students learn how to stop bleeding in metro's first trauma class

In an era bedeviled by school shootings, trauma training enters more classrooms.


St. Cloud mayor launches mobile bus to bring meetings right to neighborhoods

St. Cloud's mayor is taking his weekly town hall meetings on the road, launching a "mobile town hall" bus that he will drive around the…