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.


Bloomington police add tip line to report violent extremist behavior and mental health issues

Mental health concerns, extremist behavior can be reported anonymously.


Police union sells 'Cops for Trump' T-shirts, after uniform ban

Lt. Bob Kroll, head of the officers' union, posted the T-shirt image on his personal Facebook page, saying the shirts will be for sale starting Monday.


Man, 4-year-old boy shot in St. Paul found in overturned SUV

A man and a 4-year-old boy were shot as someone opened fire on their SUV, which then crashed and overturned in front of a St. Paul apartment complex Sunday night.


2 fatal shootings over weekend in the Twin Cities spark unease

Saturday night's shooting in Minneapolis continues a pattern of crime in downtown that is driving away some who used to frequent the area's bars, theaters and clubs.


Minnesota PGA may take over Bloomington's Hyland Greens for state golf headquarters

Bloomington and the Minnesota PGA are considering a partnership


All-female crew honors history of Como-Harriet Streetcar's 'motorettes'

After donning their black “motorman” hats, the four women running the Como-Harriet Streetcar on Sunday evening lined up for a photo at the depot near…


'Community health' officer in Golden Valley focuses on help, not arrests

Golden Valley police aim for long-term follow-up after short-term encounters.


Bloomington's charter puts the chill on taprooms, but voters might change that

The city's charter allows on-sale liquor and beer only in hotels, restaurants and clubs. An upcoming ballot question asks about lifting that.


St. Paul officer fatally shoots man who rammed squad car

The man got out of the vehicle and "initiated a physical confrontation," a police statement said. During the ensuing fight, the officer shot the man, who died at the scene.


Drop-in center for homeless young people to open in Cottage Grove

Site for homeless young people will be much like one that opened a year ago in a Stillwater church.