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

'Advisory' bike lanes baffle some in Edina

Motorists can drive in the lanes if no bikes are present but must yield to cyclists when they are.

Updated: October 19, 2012, - 11:40 PM

Birding might hold key to preserving wild places

On Saturday, black, Hispanic and female birding enthusiasts will gather to share ideas and brainstorm about how to bring more minorities into birding.

Updated: October 10, 2012, - 03:17 PM

A tree grows in Golden Valley

When a tornado devastated a park, residents took matters into their own hands.

Updated: October 09, 2012, - 10:16 AM

Can cooperation among cities curb coyotes?

Edina police chief suggests six west metro cities develop a unified approach.

Updated: October 02, 2012, - 11:18 AM

Cities speak on ballot issues

They say marriage and voter ID amendments are matters of economics and democracy.

Updated: September 28, 2012, - 09:18 PM

Old Cedar Avenue bridge fans plan rally for 'missing link'

Supporters want to drum up enthusiasm - and cash - to renovate the Old Cedar Avenue bridge, which can't be torn down because of its historic designation. It's a "great recreational resource."

Updated: September 20, 2012, - 07:35 PM

Surf and revenue are up at Edina pool

The city says it will promote the FlowRider more heavily next year to attract customers.

Updated: September 18, 2012, - 12:40 PM

City liquor stores see green as craft beers catch fire

Sales are up in Lakeville, Edina and other cities, and that means more money for municipal needs.

Updated: September 15, 2012, - 07:22 AM

Richfield celebrates Penn Avenue

Penn Fest was started five years ago to encourage sprucing up the street. Now it is expanding.

Updated: September 11, 2012, - 04:07 PM

What’s in a name? Plenty, Edina finds

Naming neighborhoods in the western suburb is turning into a perplexing project.

Updated: September 09, 2012, - 05:59 PM

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