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

Richfield pushes for traffic link to MOA

Richfield will seek funds for a Hwy. 77 underpass to spur commercial redevelopment.

Updated: November 02, 2013, - 12:03 AM

A crowd runs for Bloomington City Council

As many as five newcomers could join the seven-member City Council next year.

Updated: October 29, 2013, - 03:00 PM

Bloomington voters face a big change on the City Council

Three incumbents with more than 40 years of combined experience are not seeking re-election, pitting 10 relative newcomers against one...

Updated: October 26, 2013, - 06:09 PM

Hotel, grocery coming to Penn American District in Bloomington next year

The development is changing the area near Southtown.

Updated: October 22, 2013, - 02:10 PM

Edina to get a sports dome and outdoor refrigerated rink

The improvements, which also include new playing fields in Pamela Park, would be paid for with bonds that could boost annual property taxes on a median-priced home by about $60 a year.

Updated: October 15, 2013, - 07:53 PM

Minnesota college prepares special students for life

A Richfield “life college” gives young adults with learning differences the keys to independence.

Updated: October 15, 2013, - 02:22 PM

High-tech garbage trucks endanger a favorite city service

This year, Crystal and New Hope had to cancel their fall large-item curbside pickup program when no haulers bid for the job.

Updated: October 12, 2013, - 09:30 PM

Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail plans advance

Bloomington and Richfield are the final cities expected to approve the master plan for the proposed 15.5-mile walking and biking...

Updated: October 06, 2013, - 07:08 PM

Too much stuff: Minnesota cities confront hoarding

Officials statewide are trying to resolve cases where extreme clutter is health and safety threat.

Updated: September 29, 2013, - 08:55 PM

Edina votes to condemn building to make room for public parking

The city plans to use eminent domain in order to expand public parking near 50th and France.

Updated: September 18, 2013, - 12:49 AM

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