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.


Parent-led equity groups aim to address racism in Minneapolis schools

Their work has taken on more urgency amid controversial redesign that will reshuffle the racial demographics at city's schools.


Faith leaders in Buffalo pray for continued community healing

Service honors all those touched by the clinic shooting in Buffalo By Mara Klecker  mara.klecker@startribune.com


Police investigating death of a man found Sunday night

Minneapolis police are investigating the death of a man found on Sunday night.Just before 8:30 p.m., officers responded to the 2400 block of Golden Valley…


Pedestrian killed in St. Paul on Sunday night

A pedestrian was struck and killed in St. Paul's Payne-Phalen neighborhood on Sunday night, police said.The incident happened around 9 p.m. near the intersection of…


Amber alert canceled after toddler in stolen vehicle in Minneapolis found safe

Authorities canceled an Amber Alert Sunday night after a toddler in a vehicle stolen in Minneapolis was found safe.Minneapolis police were looking for a beige…


Minneapolis schools plan to reopen middle and high schools in April

Families will still have a distance learning option.


Man fatally shot in Minneapolis on Sunday

It's the city's eighth homicide so far this year.


Ice sculpture taken down by the city of St. Paul finds new home in neighbor's yard

The ice sculpture has returned, this time with a new home.A well-trodden trail through the snow in the front yard of a residence on St.…


Joseph 'Jay' James Westwater Jr., emergency medicine doctor, dies at 65

Joseph "Jay" James Westwater Jr. was always eager to learn something new and had a knack for navigating chaotic situations.It's that quality that pushed him…


Mpls. schools welcome the youngest students back

Pre-K and kindergarten students braved the cold Monday morning for their first day of in-person learning. First-through fifth-graders return later this month.