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.

Omar, Tlaib will speak in St. Paul on Israel travel restrictions

Congresswomen barred from visit will speak at State Capitol.

Woodbury streets closed as crews work to stem a gas leak

Woodbury officials asked people to steer clear of the area as crews worked to shut off the gas.

Demolition to begin today for former St. Andrew's Church in St. Paul

Neighbors and preservationists fought to save the church.

Stillwater dry cleaner challenging city's efforts to take property

Owners of Shorty Dry Cleaner don't believe the city's reasoning for the taking falls under public use or public purpose, as required by state law.

At Cottage Grove cemetery, fight over mementos reopens wounds

Newly enforced limits on mementos create a stir in Cottage Grove.

Minneapolis ramps up police presence as Minnesotans grapple with latest mass shootings

More police visible as many in Twin Cities voice fears

Woman charged with illegally renting her dock in Orono will not go to trial

The city agreed to suspend prosecution of Nancy Edwards, 75, who has for years relied on income from renting out her boat dock along with her home.

Howard Bohanon, a professional Santa, dies at 73

After decades of heart problems, Bohanon died of a heart attack July 24 at his Elk River home.

From one heart to another: Families of donor, recipient meet at last

In a rare reunion, a Minnesota family meets the mom of a boy who gave new life to a baby girl.

Those hit by tornadoes count their blessings with no one hurt

The EF0 and EF1 tornadoes left damage in their wake as four moved through Washington and McLeod counties in Minnesota, plus two in Wisconsin.