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

Hennepin County's new voting machines have a smooth debut

The machines were used for the first time in suburban primary elections last week.

Updated: August 20, 2013, - 04:05 PM

Dowling Community Garden marks its 70th year

A former Victory Garden, Dowling is one of the oldest community gardens in the U.S.

Updated: August 20, 2013, - 04:04 PM

Wayzata's cabin in the woods is saved

Now supporters hope the log building will be restored and moved to a park.

Updated: August 14, 2013, - 09:47 AM

Edina really is an exceptional city, residents say

But redevelopment creates tension for some.

Updated: August 14, 2013, - 09:43 AM

Suburban primaries narrow the field for city races in November

Bloomington, with 18 people on the ballot, used new voting machines, as did Minnetonka and St. Louis Park.

Updated: August 13, 2013, - 11:16 PM

City primary elections are on Tuesday

Bloomington, Minnetonka and St. Louis Park have runoffs for a spot on council ballots.

Updated: August 06, 2013, - 03:50 PM

Cost of public works projects rise along with the economy

Freakish spring weather and busy contractors are leading to higher costs for public works projects.

Updated: August 03, 2013, - 09:28 PM

State's first city teardown enforcer makes her mark in Edina

Firmness, fairness and the city code book are the tools of the trade.

Updated: July 20, 2013, - 09:59 PM

Fate of Richfield's dispatch center to be decided next week

Hennepin County would be the cheapest 911 supplier, but some residents object to a change.

Updated: July 16, 2013, - 03:14 PM

All those garbage and recycling bins look trashy, cities tell residents

Proliferation of containers poses storage problem for many in metro.

Updated: July 14, 2013, - 09:46 PM

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