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

University of Minnesota's monarch expert gets White House honor

Monarch butterfly expert Karen Oberhauser, a professor at the University of Minnesota, has been honored by the White House for...

Updated: June 25, 2013, - 09:40 PM

Surprise: New FEMA maps put more of Edina in flood plain

City hires engineering firm to review new FEMA maps.

Updated: June 25, 2013, - 08:55 PM

Richfield delays decision on 911 service

City will have more time to weigh options from neighboring cities.

Updated: June 17, 2013, - 10:26 AM

Minority groups in Minnesota grow faster than the national average

Groups are growing faster in Minnesota than nationally, but the state is still less diverse than most other states, the...

Updated: June 13, 2013, - 12:00 AM

Sidewalks gain in suburbs, even as some residents protest

More cities are recognizing that residents want walkable neighborhoods. But making way for sidewalks can be a complicated endeavor.

Updated: June 08, 2013, - 10:21 PM

Edina Veterans Memorial gets a jump start from the City Council

Some are unhappy with the lack of progress on the memorial over the past two years.

Updated: June 04, 2013, - 02:27 PM

Richfield faces 911 dilemma

A city proud of its services may ask Hennepin County to take over dispatching to save money, an idea that...

Updated: June 01, 2013, - 05:19 PM

Richfield builds a memorial to honor all veterans, not just its own

After years of work, Richfield’s veterans memorial will be dedicated on Memorial Day.

Updated: May 28, 2013, - 12:10 PM

Edina Golf Dome's rebuilding approved by the City Council

The new structure should be open by November.

Updated: May 14, 2013, - 01:02 PM

Edina remaking Southdale area for people, not cars

A new Byerly’s will hug France Av., and wide sidewalks and bike paths will link the store and three new apartment buildings to an art-lined greenway from Centennial Lakes to the Galleria.

Updated: May 14, 2013, - 12:58 PM

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