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Kelly Smith

Star Tribune

Minneapolis, MN, United States

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Past articles by Kelly:

Roseville nonprofit addresses the August hunger gap for Minnesota families in need

Every Meal, formerly the Sheridan Story, is distributing more than 82,000 meals from July to September to fill the void between when summer school programs end and school begins. → Read More

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott surprises Junior Achievement North with $1.9M gift

The St. Paul organization is one of 26 Junior Achievement operations across the U.S. to receive a surprise donation from Scott. → Read More

July 4th fireworks result in fatality, house and garage fires in Minnesota

Local police departments are supposed to enforce illegal fireworks, but say they're overwhelmed with calls. → Read More

One dead in St. Paul house fire

More than 70 firefighters battled the house fire for four hours. Two firefighters were injured in the blaze. → Read More

18-year-old man dies from fireworks injuries in Brooklyn Park

The firework exploded in the victim's face and he later died at North Memorial Hospital. → Read More

After two years of COVID cancellations, Minnesotans eager to resume 'normal' July 4th fun this weekend

Most of the usual holiday festivities are back on this year. → Read More

Minneapolis' Lakewood Cemetery unveils plans for new 'net-zero' Welcome Center

The nonprofit that runs the historic cemetery will open the center in 2024. → Read More

Minnesota Historical Society nixes renaming Historic Fort Snelling

The nonprofit held input meetings in 2019 to explore whether to rename the historic site — not the restored fort — to better reflect the area's diverse history. → Read More

Catholic Charities opens new improved shelter for homeless youths in Minneapolis

Hope Street is relocating from the former St. Joseph's orphanage campus to a renovated $6 million building in the Hiawatha neighborhood. → Read More

MPR receives $56 million from anonymous donor, largest gift in its history

The money will go toward the classical station and new media technology. → Read More

Twin Cities YMCA opens new day camp near Lakeville

The day camp at Gathering Pines in New Market Township replaces a site the YMCA of the North operated in Prior Lake for years. → Read More

St. Paul's Bush Foundation awards fellowships to 20 Minnesota leaders

The annual Bush fellowship program awards up to $100,000 to recipients for education or training. → Read More

Catholic Charities opens new $75M affordable housing project in downtown Minneapolis

Starting in June, Endeavors Residence will house 203 people who are chronically homeless, homeless veterans or those recovering from an illness or injury. → Read More

Records show meals program was ripe for fraud in Minnesota

Federal audits show that Minnesota's Education Department has been repeatedly cited for lapses since 2012. → Read More

Senate leader says regulators could have done more to stop possible fraud at meals programs

Sen. Roger Chamberlain says Education Department could have taken stronger action as far back as 2018. → Read More

Maple Grove police investigate fatal shooting between motorists

Dispute led to man's death. → Read More

Judge to oversee dissolution of Minnesota nonprofit Feeding Our Future

The St. Anthony nonprofit voluntarily agreed to close down in February after the FBI raided its offices in January. → Read More

Minnesota food shelves seeking boost in donations as hunger projected to rise

As COVID relief ebbs and living costs rise, they are rallying for more support. → Read More

MacKenzie Scott gives record $13.5 million grant to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

It's part of a larger $436 million grant from Scott, an author and ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. → Read More

Minnesota food shelf visits down from peak in 2021, but aid cuts could spur rebound

Loss of federal COVID aid, extra child tax credit will affect families this year. → Read More