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

Drivers, meet the diverging diamond coming to Bloomington

Experts assure motorists the new interchange in the works at Interstate 494 and 34th Avenue is much easier to navigate than looks suggest.

Updated: July 06, 2013, - 09:47 AM

Reducing erosion on Minnehaha Creek

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District program promises to reduce erosion on homeowners' properties.

Updated: July 03, 2013, - 05:32 PM

Minnehaha Creek goes native in Edina

Homeowners helped pick plants that improve water quality and wildlife habitat along the creek.

Updated: July 03, 2013, - 04:25 PM

University of Minnesota's monarch expert gets White House honor

Monarch butterfly expert Karen Oberhauser, a professor at the University of Minnesota, has been honored by the White House for...

Updated: June 25, 2013, - 09:40 PM

Surprise: New FEMA maps put more of Edina in flood plain

City hires engineering firm to review new FEMA maps.

Updated: June 25, 2013, - 08:55 PM

Richfield delays decision on 911 service

City will have more time to weigh options from neighboring cities.

Updated: June 17, 2013, - 10:26 AM

Minority groups in Minnesota grow faster than the national average

Groups are growing faster in Minnesota than nationally, but the state is still less diverse than most other states, the...

Updated: June 13, 2013, - 12:00 AM

Sidewalks gain in suburbs, even as some residents protest

More cities are recognizing that residents want walkable neighborhoods. But making way for sidewalks can be a complicated endeavor.

Updated: June 08, 2013, - 10:21 PM

Edina Veterans Memorial gets a jump start from the City Council

Some are unhappy with the lack of progress on the memorial over the past two years.

Updated: June 04, 2013, - 02:27 PM

Richfield faces 911 dilemma

A city proud of its services may ask Hennepin County to take over dispatching to save money, an idea that...

Updated: June 01, 2013, - 05:19 PM

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