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.

Woodbury reaches $1.5M settlement with mother of man killed by police

The settlement comes after a panel ruled last fall that a jury should hear the suit filed by the mother of the man fatally shot by police in a hostage crisis.

Stillwater High students, principal go back and forth over locked bathrooms

School officials said the decision was made to curb vaping and vandalism, but students have launched a multifaceted campaign to "Let Us Pee."

April looks to deliver another record-breaking snowstorm

Major airlines, including Delta and United Airlines, already have issued weather waivers for flights on Wednesday and Thursday out of MSP.

'That's it, I'm moving': Winter storm likely for Minnesota this week

Parts of the state could get over 6 inches of snow.

Minnesota Madness begins countdown to the crown

Tens of thousands of basketball fans descended on the streets and skyways, reveling all day and into the night in Final Four fan activities that stretched from U.S. Bank Stadium to the Minneapolis Convention Center and along Nicollet Mall.

After 25 years, Stillwater home focuses on aging with HIV

"Individuals with HIV now have to worry about that aging thing that you and I have to worry about," said Bill Tiedemann, Hope House's executive director. "So now for [Hope House] it's about how we can help them age in place with dignity and compassion and how we can take our mission outside the house's walls."

The youngest readers courted in this Final Four challenge

Final Four planners hope friendly reading challenge is just the beginning for budding readers.

Charter school won't be moving into Marine Elementary next fall

River Grove balked at moving to vacant school in Marine on St. Croix.

Driver shot dead in car, passenger wounded on edge of downtown Mpls.

Car flees after a driver is killed, passenger is critically injured while Twins game is played blocks away.

Lake Elmo to use 3M settlement money for new well

The city getting about $2 million toward the construction of replacement well.