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

Ailing 7-year-old girl at center of state Supreme Court ruling dies

Jocelyn Dickhoff was “a spunky little girl” who had a comment for almost everything.

Updated: July 09, 2013, - 10:34 AM

Raw milk sold on a Cambridge-area farm sickens at least six people

At least six people got sick after drinking raw milk from a Cambridge area farm, prompting Minnesota health officials to...

Updated: June 26, 2013, - 12:23 AM

Blaine approves plan for Islamic school

Residents cited traffic concerns, but city officials said a fear of having Muslims in the community also fueled opposition.

Updated: June 21, 2013, - 02:43 PM

Gun owners target Twin Cities block fair for coming-out party

Advocates are encouraging gun owners to bring their weapons to Open Streets family-oriented events in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Updated: June 19, 2013, - 02:01 PM

Minnetonka couple's dream canoe trip turns to nightmare

Plunged into the frigid waters of Basswood River in Quetico Provincial Park in northwestern Ontario on Sunday, Elaine Barber thought, "I have to make it." Her husband, Dick, didn't.

Updated: June 07, 2013, - 01:31 PM

U research unlocks mind's power to move world

Using brain waves to move objects could liberate paralyzed people.

Updated: June 06, 2013, - 05:28 AM

11 survive houseboat going over Mississippi River dam near Winona

A holiday excursion on the Mississippi River turned into an afternoon of terror as 11 people aboard a houseboat were...

Updated: May 29, 2013, - 05:01 PM

May 22, 2013: Mudslide turns school trip into nightmare

A saturated slope in Lilydale Regional Park collapsed, killing one student from Peter Hobart Elementary School in St. Louis Park and leaving another buried. The search for the buried student will resume in the morning.

Updated: May 23, 2013, - 07:53 AM

Gas prices hit record highs in parts of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Gas prices jumped by nearly 40 cents a gallon overnight, topping $4 a gallon and hitting record high in some areas.

Updated: May 15, 2013, - 11:24 PM

Man robs St. Cloud bank, calls police and fesses up

His life of crime lasted three hours and 20 minutes.A few hours after a TCF Bank branch was robbed, a...

Updated: May 08, 2013, - 11:55 PM

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