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.


Mpls. Schools may start bringing more students back to classrooms next month

The plan would provide struggling students with optional help from teachers at school, starting gradually during the second quarter.


Language immersion teachers work to replicate bilingual experience online for Minnesota students

In an unusual year, immersion programs are offering new ways for students to practice languages.


Jill Biden will visit Rochester this week with Harris spouse Doug Emhoff

Jill Biden, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, will again visit Minnesota. She and Doug Emhoff, the husband of vice presidential candidate Kamala…


Minnesota schools face challenges of counting students from afar

With funding determined by enrollment, districts need to make sure remote and hybrid learners are accurately counted.


Sandy Keith, former Minnesota Supreme Court chief justice, dies

Alexander MacDonald "Sandy" Keith dedicated his life to public service and is believed to be the first person to work in roles across all three…


Surly Beer Hall temporarily closes after employee tests positive for COVID-19

"The hits just keep on coming," the brewery said in a Facebook post.


Candidates for Minneapolis school board push for equity in education

Battle over comprehensive plan drives some races.


School districts with emergency child care face demand, staff changes

State tries to help with new guidance on who qualifies for free day care at schools.


New community 'learning pods' aim to bridge achievement gap, address racial equity in Twin Cities

The pods have financial backing from multiple corporations.


Crews recovering downed plane in Mississippi River in SE metro

The search took place near Grey Cloud Island. Few other details were immediately available.