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.

2 diverse north metro suburbs stand out as police reform model

As Twin Cities suburbs look for ways to foster trust between law enforcement officers and communities of color in the wake of George Floyd's death, some are looking to a long-standing model that began years ago in the north metro.

Thousands attended northern Minnesota rodeo, despite crowd restrictions

Despite orders to limit crowds, the stands remained full or nearly full for the three days of the 65th annual North Star Stampede Rodeo in…

Minn. teachers hope to return to classroom but worry about safety from COVID

Minnesota teachers are concerned about continuing distance learning this fall but also worry about the safety of returning to in-person classes, according to a statewide survey by the University of Minnesota. Their concerns about distance learning include engaging students, meeting the needs of special education students and ensuring student access to technology.

Brooklyn Center may remove former sheriff's name from city sites

One historian says the former Hennepin County sheriff once belonged to the Ku Klux Klan.

St. Paul Park couple launch petition to save their kids from bigger-than-average mosquito swarms

A property owned by the Washington County Community Development Agency is an overgrown breeding ground, the couple say.

Woman in car shot and killed in Mpls., 3-year-old hurt by glass

A woman was shot and killed Saturday night in a car with a 3-year-old child in it, police said.The woman's death is being investigated as…

Minneapolis man arrested in Chicago on charges of fatally shooting pregnant woman

A Minneapolis man charged with fatally shooting a woman who was pregnant with their child has been arrested in Chicago, authorities said.Zachary V. Robinson, 27,…

Seeds of Change effort brings Black Lives Matter art to downtown Edina

The installation by student and professional artists will be on display at 50th and France.

Bloomington to require masks in city buildings, encourage mask wearing elsewhere in city

They will be mandatory in city buildings; mayor hopes for state order instead of "patchwork" of city rules.

GOP legislator under scrutiny over COVID-19 comments

In a video released Sunday, Sen. Scott Jensen, R-Chaska, said the state Medical Practice Board is focused on two allegations: spreading misinformation about the death toll and providing "reckless advice" by comparing COVID-19 with the flu.