Mara Klecker | Star Tribune
Reporter | Washington County

Mara Klecker covers Washington County for the Star Tribune. She previously spent two years covering social services for the Omaha World-Herald. 

A native South Dakotan and a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's journalism college, Klecker has always called the Midwest home. She's worked on journalism projects in Ecuador, Nicaragua and Nepal. In her free time, she can be found reading, hiking or planning her next international trip.


As Mayor Richard Glasgow stays away, Lakeland City Council seats two new council members

After disputes with mayor over how to fill vacancies, City Council is full again.


U wrestling star Steveson jailed on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct

Gable Steveson of Apple Valley, one of the nation's top heavyweight wrestlers, was arrested Saturday along with a second Gophers wrestler, Dylan Martinez. No charges have been filed yet.


Mediator reaches out to cities before politics become toxic

The League of Minnesota Cities aims to share best practices in governance and conflict resolution, which can reduce insurance claims made against cities.


Scandia group proposing tourism upgrades, including arts and heritage center

Washington County town considers reconstructing a structure from its past.


Ex-congressman, longtime Mpls. mayor Don Fraser dies at 95

Fraser was the mayor of Minneapolis from 1980 to 1993. He remains the longest serving mayor in the city's history.


After almost taking a hiatus, Grand Old Day was grand indeed

Thanks to determined neighbors and last-minute fundraising, the decades-old event happened as usual, with thousands of people walking up and down the popular St. Paul shopping and restaurant district.


Stillwater Gazette is returning downtown

Newspaper's move comes during revitalization of Main Street after opening of the St. Croix River bridge.


Crash followed police pursuit, closing down part of I-35E on Sunday

Several people were injured; the suspect was arrested.


Voters around Minnesota say yes to $539 million in school upgrades

Seven of the 15 building measures passed on Tuesday.


Flying doctor Tom Stillwell is remembered for finding 'human connection' delivering care by air

Last fall, Dr. Thomas Stillwell put in notice of his retirement from Minnesota Urology. He planned to fully retire in two years but in the…