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.

Minneapolis homeless camp now confronts the cold

Plummeting temperatures have raised anxiety for those in flimsy shelters

911 transcript shows man fatally shot by Minneapolis police was suicidal

Authorities also identify police shooting victim in Shakopee.

Stillwater's Friendship Club expands social life for kids with disabilities

Club members join friends for foosball, karaoke, pool and board games in a safe, supervised space.

Minn. gatherings offer healing, light after Pittsburgh shooting

People of all ages and faiths filed out of Temple Israel after an hourlong service held amid tight security in Minneapolis. It began with a moment of silence and ended with a call for harmony and healing after an anti-Semitic shooting in Pittsburgh the day before.

Marine on St. Croix buys closed elementary school building

Local charter school is considering moving in; deal called a "win-win."

Stillwater Lift Bridge season extended because of high water levels

Water levels will need to fall 4½ feet before crews are able to float the span — which is sitting on a barge — back to its original location.

University of St. Thomas investigates after racial slur found written on a student's door

The University of St. Thomas is investigating what it calls an “act of hate” after a racial slur was found written on a student’s door…

More than 1,000 tips checked out since Jayme Closs disappeared

Vigil, sheriff's update planned as hunt for Jayme Closs enters second week.

Stretched thin, Minnesota volunteer fire crews sound the alarm

As recruiting and retaining volunteer firefighters becomes increasingly difficult, several metro area fire departments have been forced to add full-time positions.

Teen cousins accidentally drowned in Chaska pond

Their car veered off the road into the water. Family and friends who stood vigil prepared to gather again to bury the women.