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

For reunited Iraqi father and son, life begins anew in Minnesota

Mishaal Alkadi left his wife and their boy behind in Baghdad, where she was killed by thugs. After nine months, the son made it to Minnesota.

Updated: April 26, 2013, - 12:09 AM

Get out your snow shovels one more - last? - time

The National Weather Service said 22 inches of snow fell in Two Harbors. The Twin Cities totals stretched from 5 to 11 inches.

Updated: April 19, 2013, - 01:42 PM

Twin Cities runners are near Boston finish-line blasts

A Twin Cities runner was within moments Monday afternoon of being at the finish line when the deadly explosions rocked the famed Boston Marathon.

Updated: April 16, 2013, - 06:43 AM

Icy start messing up morning commute; buses replacing light rail

Ice on overhead wires is causing problems with the Hiawatha light rail line this morning. Buses are replacing trains on the entire route.

Updated: April 11, 2013, - 06:57 AM

Obituary: Caricature artist William Morgan loved making people smile

William R. Morgan Sr. was an artist who needed to make a buck to raise a family. So he took...

Updated: April 08, 2013, - 09:46 PM

10-year, $13,000 quest to bury her son in Minnesota ends

The funeral was the culmination of a tale that encompassed war, corruption, extortion and a mother’s never-ending love for her son. But mostly it’s a story about Oulanova’s gumption and a singular determination aided by the kindness of strangers.

Updated: March 21, 2013, - 02:57 PM

Obituary: Jack Koblas told the tales of outlaws, wars and Minnesota legends

John J. “Jack” Koblas was fascinated by Old West outlaws who rode into Minnesota and mobsters who set up shop...

Updated: March 16, 2013, - 09:46 PM

College of Liberal Arts dean to step down at the University of Minnesota

James Parente Jr. has led the largest college on campus since 2008.

Updated: March 14, 2013, - 07:23 PM

Elderly St. Peter woman’s two votes now a felony charge

A St. Peter woman with dementia who went to the polls for the primary forgot she also voted absentee.

Updated: March 07, 2013, - 11:55 PM

Small plane crashes in central Minnesota, killing the pilot

A small plane crashed Wednesday night near Parkers Prairie in central Minnesota, killing the pilot, according to local authorities.The single-engine...

Updated: February 20, 2013, - 11:53 PM

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