Mara Klecker | Star Tribune
Reporter | Washington County

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.


Lake Elmo Elementary adds inclusive playground

Young students with a range of abilities can now enjoy recess side-by-side.


Teen fleeing troopers in stolen SUV hits vehicle, kills 3 in Mpls.

A teenager speeding from state troopers in a stolen SUV hit another vehicle and killed three people early Sunday at a south Minneapolis intersection, where the wreckage came to rest outside the door of a popular neighborhood bar shortly after closing time.


Family members of one victim question the policy on pursuits

In the wake of the second State Patrol pursuit this year that ended with a crash in Minneapolis, family members of one of those killed Sunday are questioning the wisdom of a dangerous chase over a stolen car.


Hugo hoping to find new purpose for old schoolhouse

Ideas sought for giving long-vacant building in Hugo a new purpose.


Minnesota woodturners' boxes give sick kids a place for beads of courage

Through the Beads of Courage program, a child receives a colored bead for each treatment milestone — an overnight stay in the hospital, a blood draw, a round of chemotherapy.


Orono prosecutes 74-year-old, saying she rented her lakeshore dock illegally

Nancy Edwards said she understands that the city doesn't want pop-up marinas, but adds that a single boat on a dock should be allowed, at least for low-income residents.


Sheriff's deputies recover body of missing boater on Lake Minnetonka

Empty craft was found circling near Big Island on Saturday.


Hamline Church Dining Hall serves up donation request to its fans

More than 120 years after first serving food at the Minnesota State Fair, the Hamline Church Dining Hall is still dishing out plates of pot…


Stillwater, city of many logos, looks at a rebrand

Team of Augsburg students worked over the summer to come up with a brand strategy.


Two dead in north Mpls. grocery store shooting, one other injured

The Sunday morning killings brought the weekend homicide total in Twin Cities to five.