Reporter | Washington County

Mara Klecker covers the western Twin Cities suburbs 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.


Fatal shooting in Mpls. nightclub renews safety debate

Man dies at hospital hours after being shot at nightclub Sunday.


Edina leads way as area chambers of commerce seek new ways to stay relevant

Suburban chapters focusing on workforce development, well-being rather than the conventional model of business marketing.


Music venue at Hopkins Depot Coffee House rebranded as the Freight Room

Students lead effort at Hopkins coffee shop.


Minn. Supreme Court sides with Bloomington group on organized trash

The case involved a citizens' group efforts to put the city's organized trash collection plan up for a citywide vote.


Post-storm burst of extremes will bring sun, then subzero temps

Minneapolis and St. Paul have declared snow emergencies as some parts of the metro are expected to total up to 8 inches. Lake Crystal in southern Minnesota reported 15.5 inches.


St. Paul man with autism living the dream with his own radio broadcast

His message to listeners like him: "Go out there, do what you do. A disability doesn't define who you are."


Protest over India's citizenship law draws 200 in St. Paul

About 200 people — most of them Indian-Americans — gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol on Sunday to protest a citizenship law recently enacted by…


City, county officials are choosing to opt out of Minn. presidential primary

With loyalty oath to GOP or DFL made public, many in nonpartisan work may skip vote rather than be labeled.


Minnesota State Fair will add metal detectors at entrance gates this year

The fair said the change, part of $10 million in upgrades planned for this year, will help maintain a "safe and secure environment."


Domestic violence advocates left short of funds by stalled bills

Two stalled federal bills leave advocates for victims scrambling.