Mary Jane Smetanka

Reporter | Hennepin County
Phone: 612-673-7380
Mary Jane Smetanka covers trends in Hennepin County and the cities of Bloomington, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Richfield and St. Louis Park. She also blogs for Greengirls.

Recent content from Mary Jane Smetanka

What should Edina do with its old public works site?

Some residents say the city needs a new community center.

Updated: April 15, 2014, - 03:00 PM

Edina development's shadowy effect on Richfield prompts denial

Plan for York-Xerxes denied due to placement, height.

Updated: April 12, 2014, - 06:49 AM

Zero-waste community may sprout in St. Louis Park

Developer Chris Velasco of Minneapolis-based PLACE wants to build a community of apartments, studios and work spaces at the former McGarvey Coffee site on Hwy. 7, with a sustainable feature that in Minnesota is more commonly seen on dairy farms: an anaerobic digester.

Updated: April 07, 2014, - 05:17 AM

Work on France Avenue in Edina begins Monday

Pedestrian safety project should be done in October.

Updated: April 03, 2014, - 09:25 PM

Richfield band shell plan music to some residents' ears, but others object

Supporters of a Richfield band shell have organized with the support of the City Council and hope to raise more...

Updated: April 01, 2014, - 02:10 PM

Discharged from hospital? Firefighters may make house call

A test project will check up on patients who were just discharged to help prevent a quick readmittance.

Updated: March 30, 2014, - 09:41 PM

Edina acts to empty a condo unit crammed with possessions

Condo unit in Edina was deemed a hazard; resident has history of warnings.

Updated: March 25, 2014, - 01:13 PM

Buried debris hikes costs of city projects for Edina's outdoor hockey rink

Discovery of concrete chunks, tires or tanks can cause delays, bigger bills.

Updated: March 22, 2014, - 06:36 PM

Edina council votes to close Fred Richards Golf Course

Despite petitions, legal challenges and pleas from golfers young and old, the City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday night to close “The Fred” at the end of the 2014 season.

Updated: March 19, 2014, - 09:22 PM

Richfield police officers allege age discrimination

Five Richfield police officers have sued the city in Hennepin County District Court, claiming that they were denied promotions and...

Updated: March 14, 2014, - 09:22 PM

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