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

Golden Valley rejects plans to treat mentally ill children

Council rejected plans for day treatment facility after citizens raised security and safety fears.

Updated: February 11, 2014, - 09:51 PM

Golfers young and old rally to save ‘The Fred’ in Edina

With fewer people golfing, city officials said, it no longer makes economic sense to have two city-owned golf courses, so they propose closing the Fred Richards Executive Golf Course at the end of this year.

Updated: February 11, 2014, - 10:32 AM

Bloomington tweaks Planning Commission term limits

Without changes, four of the seven members would have been new.

Updated: February 04, 2014, - 03:34 PM

Passport applicants flooding some cities in the metro area

The jump follows Hennepin County’s decision to stop passport services because of the cost of meeting federal security requirements.

Updated: February 04, 2014, - 01:21 PM

Teardown permits set another record in Edina

New procedures seem to be easing neighborhood complaints.

Updated: January 28, 2014, - 01:40 PM

Parking ramps at 50th and France will get face-lift first, possible expansion later

Edina’s $5.7 million plan would upgrade three parking ramps – but wouldn’t reduce tension with its big-city neighbor, Minneapolis.

Updated: January 25, 2014, - 10:00 PM

Edina exceeds energy saving targets

Changes in lighting produced the most savings for the city.

Updated: January 21, 2014, - 01:45 PM

Richfield delays some ice arena improvements

The decision came after some surprises were found underground.

Updated: January 19, 2014, - 09:14 PM

Bloomington approves a third Applewood Pointe

Independent living for seniors is a hot market, developer says.

Updated: January 14, 2014, - 03:06 PM

Edina ends pursuit of dry-cleaner building at 50th and France

Another party wants to buy the property at 50th and France for more than the city is willing to pay.

Updated: January 09, 2014, - 03:58 PM

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