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

Minnesota's distracted driving crackdown snags 550 in 10 days

Distractions include people eating burgers, applying makeup, shaving, reading newspapers, scrolling on computers and of course, texting, said Lt. Eric Roeske, spokesman for the Minnesota State Patrol.

Updated: April 22, 2014, - 09:36 AM

Obituary: Vy Van Pham was quiet community force

Vy Van Pham never talked much about how he had met with President Jimmy Carter, saved hundreds of people fleeing...

Updated: April 19, 2014, - 05:05 PM

Wed.: MSU-Mankato players refuse to practice

Instead of practicing with returning coach Todd Hoffner, players issued a statement proclaiming allegiance to interim coach Aaron Keen.

Updated: April 17, 2014, - 07:10 AM

Snowstorm: Glancing blow to Twin Cities, 6-10" for Duluth

Hope you enjoy last week’s warm weather. Duluth is facing a huge snowstorm while the metro will get dusted.

Updated: April 16, 2014, - 03:31 AM

Northwestern Minnesota man arrested in sheriff's deputy shooting

A 19-year-old northwestern Minnesota man was arrested Tuesday and accused of shooting a sheriff’s deputy in the back during a traffic stop.

Updated: April 15, 2014, - 09:20 PM

U: Cops will be out in force Saturday for hockey title game

Gophers’ semifinal victory sparked wild Dinkytown celebration. Officials say they are ready for anything Saturday.

Updated: April 14, 2014, - 07:31 AM

Minnesota man suing WCCO for defamation in Cold Spring's cop killing case

A Minnesota man questioned but never charged in the killing of a Cold Spring police officer is suing WCCO radio...

Updated: April 10, 2014, - 12:35 AM

Search for St. Louis Park dad, son in Colorado called off

The emotionally wrenching decision for the family and search teams was made Wednesday because rescue workers have found no sign of Damian McManus, 51, of St. Louis Park, and his 18-year-old son, Evan, who haven’t been heard from since last Wednesday.

Updated: April 09, 2014, - 11:19 PM

Colorado mountain search for St. Louis Park dad, son grows

About 50 people from seven Colorado search and rescue teams fanned through the wilderness on skis, snowshoes and snowmobiles in search of Damian and Evan McManus, who haven’t been heard from since last Wednesday.

Updated: April 09, 2014, - 06:00 AM

No sign of Twin Cities dad, son in Colorado mountains

Damian McManus and St. Louis Park High School senior Evan McManus have not been heard from since Wednesday. The two were off together for spring break hiking at Echo Lake, about 2 hours west of Denver.

Updated: April 08, 2014, - 10:34 AM

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