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

Bloomington wins ban on nursing home expansion

Court of Appeals reverses a decision allowing addition at a senior-living home. An attorney for the home said an appeal will be filed.

Updated: January 07, 2014, - 06:50 AM

City ambulance services navigate changing medical times

Even as more people dial 911 for help, payment is dropping.

Updated: January 05, 2014, - 05:20 PM

St. Louis Park residents embrace new recycling program

St. Louis Park officials want to make the city an environmental leader.

Updated: December 31, 2013, - 02:07 PM

Ruth Bergeson, 95: Red Cross kindness delivered in the night

She wanted adventure when she joined the American Red Cross during World War II. She worked in Hawaii and later Minnesota, pioneering disaster services to fire victims.

Updated: December 29, 2013, - 08:22 AM

Richfield hopes a hockey team helps revitalize the city ice arena

A junior hockey team, the Minnesota Magicians, has found a new home, which the city plans to invest $2 million for updates.

Updated: December 28, 2013, - 10:17 PM

Toni St. Pierre, 58: Passion for running opened track to girls

Runner and cross-country skier, she was one of two high school girls who sued the Minnesota State High School League in 1972, leading to one of the first federal court decisions supporting equal rights in high school sports.

Updated: December 27, 2013, - 11:41 AM

Bloomington OKs Hyland Park changes

The city took steps to ensure that expansion does not mean congestion for neighbors.

Updated: December 24, 2013, - 12:55 PM

Bad weather proves a boon to Edina's indoor park

Cost-cutting and Mother Nature converge to put the park in the black.

Updated: December 13, 2013, - 10:29 PM

New apartments proposed for Bloomington Central Station

Unlike other area buildings, they would not be high-rises. The design drew some objections, but more praise.

Updated: December 10, 2013, - 03:07 PM

Wife charged in stabbing death of Richfield man

Amreya Rahmeto Shefa, 40, was charged by the Hennepin County attorney’s office Tuesday in the death of Habibi Gessese Tesema, 48.

Updated: December 03, 2013, - 08:13 PM

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