Mary Lynn Smith

Reporter | Metro
Phone: 612-673-4788
After getting a master’s in public affairs reporting, Mary Lynn Smith spent much of her 30-year-newspaper career covering government from the statehouse in Illinois to local governments in Minnesota. Now as a general assignment reporter, she covers a broad range of breaking news stories and features. She was born and raised in Chicago but has chosen to live, work, and raise a family in Minnesota -- first Duluth and then the Twin Cities.

Recent content from Mary Lynn Smith

Angry and disgusted at Rice affair, fans remain devoted to football

Many say game is bigger than NFL’s response to video.

Updated: September 12, 2014, - 01:18 PM

July 29: Judge scales back charges against Waseca teen plotting school attack

A district judge dismissed the most serious charges against John LaDue, the Waseca teenager accused of secretly plotting a school massacre this spring, saying prosecutors hadn’t shown that the boy’s actions went beyond “mere preparation.’’

Updated: September 09, 2014, - 09:14 PM

Obituary: Architect Richard Faricy fought to preserve St. Paul's past

The artistry of Richard “Dick” Thomas Faricy rises along the streets of St. Paul, Minneapolis and other cities across the...

Updated: September 08, 2014, - 08:41 PM

Hailstorm lashes orchard, central Minnesota crops

A 10-minute hailstorm devastated hundreds of acres of farmland in central Minnesota.

Updated: September 04, 2014, - 01:39 PM

Stearns County prisoner found dead in presumed suicide

A 22-year-old inmate at the Stearns County jail was found dead Sunday, apparently after hanging himself with his T-shirt, according...

Updated: August 27, 2014, - 12:17 AM

Obituary: Paul Abbott Tidemann was hero in the LGBT community

Paul Tidemann didn’t just preach against injustices. He fought to end them.The former pastor at the St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church...

Updated: August 09, 2014, - 04:40 PM

At Burnsville vigil for SUV crash, father pleads for seat belts

A SUV with four teens went out of control on a highway south of Rosemount, killing one and critically injuring another as they were returning from a day on the Cannon River.

Updated: August 08, 2014, - 03:30 PM

Charges: Mpls. investor ran $10M scheme; some spent at casinos, erotic venues

A financial planner is accused of taking $10 million from dozens of investors.

Updated: August 06, 2014, - 11:42 PM

Ebola kills Coon Rapids father working in Liberia

Husband and father was due to return from Liberia in August.

Updated: July 30, 2014, - 11:09 AM

St. Paul man saves mom, 7-month old girl from burning duplex

St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard said the cause of the fire is arson and is being investigated. He credits Richard Johann and a police officer with saving the lives of the woman and 7-month-old girl. No one else was in the duplex.

Updated: July 29, 2014, - 02:11 PM

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