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

Braemar Arena improvements get Edina council's nod

The state-of-the-art expansion, expected to cost $3.6 million, should be complete by December.

Updated: July 21, 2012, - 09:23 PM

Bloomington explores giving bridge to the feds

The Old Cedar Avenue Bridge would go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under a deal that might also include about 1,000 acres of land.

Updated: July 18, 2012, - 12:19 AM

Intercity Trail for Minneapolis, Richfield, Bloomington is final link in chain

Bloomington is expected to give the final approval needed to proceed with plans for the short Intercity Trail.

Updated: July 14, 2012, - 09:34 PM

Pick of the bunch in Edina

Over 34 years, an Edina couple transformed their plain back yard into a hidden garden oasis.

Updated: July 10, 2012, - 04:49 PM

Firefighters show follow-through in Minnetonka

Senior citizens benefit from new push to follow up on emergency calls.

Updated: July 05, 2012, - 09:24 PM

Small-town festivals work to keep fun alive

Summer rituals survive in Minnesota amid economy, tight budgets.

Updated: June 30, 2012, - 12:00 AM

Hopkins landfill gets a facelift

Work to move heaps of decades-old garbage and prevent methane gas drift to homes begins this fall.

Updated: June 26, 2012, - 04:35 PM

Golden Valley City Council objects to proposed rail line

County rail authority will vote next week on the preferred route.

Updated: June 20, 2012, - 11:56 PM

Pit bull rescue group is out to save the underdog

A pit bull rescue group fights breed stereotypes as it saves dogs one by one.

Updated: June 19, 2012, - 05:34 PM

Edinborough Park's pool may be saved

Seniors had campaigned to keep their aerobics and lap pool.

Updated: June 19, 2012, - 05:28 PM

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