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.

Norovirus outbreak hits Oak Park Heights senior living community

Boutwells Landing has canceled activities and implemented protocols to prevent further spread of the illness.

Stillwater film society stirs debate with 'Woody Allen month'

After announcing screenings for "Woody Allen month," a Stillwater film group has found itself at the center of a debate about how and if art can be separated from its artist.

Possible redevelopment coming for Forest Lake feed mill

Proposal for site includes a conference center, hotel.

The Woodbury Community Foundation aims to grow with the city

Organization is looking for rising and unmet needs.

Mock trial helps deaf, hearing-impaired students see themselves in law

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Evergreen wreaths and boughs should be bagged or burned to prevent spread of pests.

Scandia group aims to reconstruct historic Tower Barn

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Stillwater man is sticking to one outfit for an entire year

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