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.

Minnesota school districts change grading policies for distance learning

State officials also recommend that transcripts include language indicating grades from mid-March through the end of June reflect distance learning.

2-year-old boy dead, 3 hospitalized after Becker County house fire

The toddler's father and brother had gone back in to try to rescue him.

Bloomington, Richfield commit to equitable COVID response

The Edina City Council plans to act on a similar resolution in June.

Bloomington City Council OKs temporary closing of community center, continued operation of motor vehicle office

City Council votes to shutter Creekside for the rest of the year, but the motor vehicle office will stay open.

Staying vigilant, Minnesotans stay in to fight COVID-19

In sticking with the routines they've developed, they say they're doing their part to help medical workers, flatten the curve and reduce the spread.

Patrick Petit, a teacher and woodworker, dies of COVID-19 complications at 82

On a phone call with family members in his final moments, he had a simple directive: "Be happy, be kind and keep learning."

One dead in fire in Columbia Heights townhouse fire

The victim was believed to be the owner of the townhouse.

Muddy Waters, Lyn-Lake bar and restaurant, closes its doors for last time

A couple hundred people came by on Sunday to stay goodbye to the Uptown Minneapolis bar and restaurant known as a "real melting pot."

Bloomington City Council will take more time to decide on closing community center, motor vehicle office

The City Council unanimously decided to delay the decisions until May 18 to allow for more resident input.

Walz signs order to protect COVID-19 relief funds from creditors

Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan: The money should be used to help the needy and keep families together.