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

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

Edina man missing after hiking alone near Yosemite waterfall

Searchers are looking for a 73-year-old Edina man who didn’t return Sunday afternoon from a solo day hike to Vernal...

Updated: May 06, 2013, - 09:22 PM

Snowstorm dumps 15 inches on SE Minn., grazes Twin Cities

Moisture-laden snow brought down power lines, cutting electricity to 26,000 customers and temporarily closing I-35 near Owatonna.

Updated: May 03, 2013, - 10:15 AM

Upside to Minnesota's late snow: Here today, gone soon

A potential record snowfall could blanket parts of the Twin Cities Thursday, but don’t expect it to hang around long.

Updated: May 01, 2013, - 10:05 PM

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