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

Edina's historical mystery: Black flight

At the turn of the 20th century, Edina had a vibrant black population with leaders in key positions. Where did they go and why?

Updated: January 01, 2013, - 11:09 PM

Edina City Council gives itself a pay hike

The increase won't kick in until 2015. It is the first council pay raise since 2008, and the action means future raises will happen automatically.

Updated: December 26, 2012, - 11:09 AM

VEAP will leap to a larger space

The Bloomington food shelf and aid group has Hennepin County as a partner in its new building.

Updated: December 25, 2012, - 10:01 PM

Golden Valley vote keeps Bottineau LRT alive

Golden Valley support was critical if light-rail plans were to proceed.

Updated: December 18, 2012, - 09:20 PM

Edina teardowns: When the new dwarfs the old

Neighborhoods are changing rapidly, raising concerns about how to maintain their charm.

Updated: December 13, 2012, - 11:32 PM

Cities warn residents to beware water-filter scam

People in Richfield, St. Louis Park, Edina and Falcon Heights have been asked for personal information in pitches that included no company name.

Updated: December 05, 2012, - 08:47 PM

Richfield drops its Fourth of July carnival

Safety became a concern when street gangs from outside the city caused police to have to respond.

Updated: December 04, 2012, - 12:39 PM

Feds allege bias against kids at Edina condo building

HUD says an Edina condominium complex violated the Fair Housing Act in attempting to ban children from living there.

Updated: November 30, 2012, - 08:31 PM

Beautiful gardens: A storybook garden

Starting with a patch of Irish moss, an Edina couple created a fanciful garden worthy of any Hobbit's house.

Updated: November 27, 2012, - 01:41 PM

Symbolism abounds in city logos

Cities try to sum up their history and reason for being in the designs that can appear on everything from police cars to water towers.

Updated: November 27, 2012, - 12:21 PM

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