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

Symbolism abounds in city logos

In a few words and images, 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, - 12:19 PM

Richfield looks into building a bandshell

The city has earmarked $250,000, leaving $750,000 to be raised privately. The public can comment Thursday.

Updated: November 27, 2012, - 11:19 AM

Flashing left turn arrows taking off in Bloomington

Bloomington joins the list of metro cities moving toward the signals.

Updated: November 20, 2012, - 06:59 AM

Golden Valley rethinks light-rail line

City support is critical if Bottineau plan is to advance.

Updated: November 17, 2012, - 06:53 PM

DFLers make big gains in Edina, Bloomington

Observers say the Republican Party hasn't changed with the times.

Updated: November 13, 2012, - 12:21 PM

Too-bright lights a pain for St. Louis Park residents

The city is updating its ordinance, using Plymouth as a model.

Updated: November 06, 2012, - 04:16 PM

11 Hennepin watersheds: Is that 8 too many?

County commissioner proposes merger of metrowide districts.

Updated: November 02, 2012, - 09:23 PM

Swallows barred from Richfield picnic shelter

But the city may try to provide a new nesting area for the birds next spring.

Updated: October 30, 2012, - 04:10 PM

Is a fresh canvas ahead for the Edina Art Center?

Expanded offerings and a new location are being considered.

Updated: October 26, 2012, - 10:57 PM

Bloomington residents love their city

Survey shows concern about condition of older neighborhoods.

Updated: October 23, 2012, - 01:00 PM

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