Kelly Smith | Star Tribune
Reporter | State / Regional Team

Kelly Smith is a regional news reporter for the Star Tribune based in Minneapolis. She previously spent two years covering Hennepin County government, four years covering west metro suburban government and three years covering west metro K-12 education.

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.


St. Cloud city leaders unveil $24 million plan for sports facilities

Starting next month, city leaders plan to lobby legislators.


'48 Hours' touts new info in disappearance of Iowa anchorwoman Jodi Huisentruit

No arrests have been made in the Minnesota native's 1995 disappearance.


Vietnam vet's family gives largest donation to Minn. veterans home for Montevideo

Before he died in March at his home in Nevada, Steven Williams, 70, who grew up near Montevideo, told his family he wanted to donate almost his entire estate to charities.


Man sentenced to nearly 24 years in 2017 kidnapping, assault of Alexandria teen

The man who kidnapped a 15-year-old Alexandria girl, holding her captive for 29 days in 2017 while repeatedly assaulting her, has been sentenced to…


Minnesota BCA investigates Montevideo police chief after woman gets restraining order

The 18-year-old woman said she and Adam Christopher had sent hundreds of text messages starting when she was 17, but his messages became sexual this month.


St. Cloud City Council changes may reopen refugee resettlement debate

The St. Cloud City Council will have two new members in January.


Minnesota Supreme Court reverses lower court decision in Blake School student crash

Justice G. Barry Anderson said the decision expands potential liability to Minnesota schools.


Feds: Minnesota now in compliance with Real ID

The confirmation caps years of political wrangling over the new driver's licenses.


Winona-Rochester diocese to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Winona-Rochester is dealing with 121 cases of sex abuse by clergy.


Minnesota state parks are free to use on Black Friday for the fourth straight year

It’s the Black Friday special all Minnesotans can score without standing in any lines: free access to any state park. For the fourth year in…