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

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

Edina to replace 14,000 water meters

Batteries are dying on the city's obsolete water meters, which were installed in the mid- to late '90s. Cost of the change: $3.6 million.

Updated: September 04, 2012, - 01:00 PM

Metro-area cities tread warily on holy ground

Bloomington and other metro-area cities have found that restricting religious groups is dicey.

Updated: September 01, 2012, - 06:27 AM

Ash borer creeping to more cities

Bloomington, Richfield and Edina are now on the front lines in dealing with the destructive pest.

Updated: August 28, 2012, - 05:08 PM

St. Louis Park wants to begin organics recycling

The city is seeking residents' ideas for what they want in recycling.

Updated: August 21, 2012, - 04:05 PM

Public land: Some want neat, some favor natural

Residents, cities sometimes differ over the value of converting public land to native plants.

Updated: August 17, 2012, - 09:13 PM

Demolition crazy in Edina?

Edina's teardowns this year have set a record as developers look to buy quaint Cape Cods and raze them to build bigger homes.

Updated: August 14, 2012, - 11:46 AM

Edina adjusts policy on street assessment fees

The city extended payment windows, lowered interest rates.

Updated: August 07, 2012, - 11:28 PM

Across metro, cities give homepages a facelift

Cities are revamping their websites to boost interactivity, efficiency.

Updated: August 07, 2012, - 04:20 PM

Where redevelopment occurs, people follow

Yearly increases in population are being driven by efforts to add new housing options.

Updated: July 31, 2012, - 11:45 AM

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