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.


Ellison faces mounting pressure over domestic violence claim

National Organization for Women calls for him to drop out of race for the Minnesota attorney general's race, while top DFL leaders say they still back him.


Minnesota sees highest voter turnout for primary since 1994

According to the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office, 22.7 percent of eligible voters participated. In Minneapolis, the city broke a 48-year record for turnout in a midterm primary, with 93,500 voters casting ballots.


Hagedorn wins Republican primary in First District; Radinovich wins DFL primary in Eighth District

Their opponents will be political newcomer Dan Feehan and St. Louis County Board Member Pete Stauber, respectively.


At Farmfest, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and her Republican challenger, state Rep. Jim Newberger, make pitch to rural voters

It was the two candidates' first appearance together.


DFL rivals work to stand out in competitive Fifth District race

Kelliher and Torres Ray emphasize experience; Omar offers new voice.


Sen. Patricia Torres Ray appears in court after arrest in immigration protest

The charges were pleaded down in Hennepin County District Court to a petty misdemeanor, with a fine of about $200.


Found violating rules, Rep. Ilhan Omar will pay back college speaking fees

Rep. Ilhan Omar violated House rules by accepting speaking fees.


Early voting on pace to set a record in Minnesota before Aug. 14 primary

Nearly 30,000 ballots have been submitted so far, up 151 percent from this time in 2016.


'Rowing Adventure' gives rookies a workout on the Mississippi River

Class teaches rookies the increasingly popular sport of rowing — and provides a full-body workout.


Dean Phillips takes his campaign on the road — and lakes — hoping to unseat Paulsen

Dean Phillips hopes his campaign tactics boost energy — and votes.