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

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

Police kill wanted Missouri man after he fatally stabs St. Paul K-9

When police went to serve a warrant, the suspect -- a 32-year-old Missouri man wanted on a first-degree criminal sexual conduct warrant -- attacked.

Updated: February 15, 2013, - 03:47 PM

Boy killed, 2 wounded in apparently random shooting in Oakdale

Motorists and walkers scattered in terror Monday night as a gunman fired two bursts of bullets at passing vehicles near Rainbow Foods. The 33-year-old gunman was in police custody.

Updated: February 12, 2013, - 06:08 AM

St. Thomas trustees may name a woman lay scholar as president

The university's Board of Trustees, meeting Thursday, may break with tradition and name a woman as president.

Updated: February 11, 2013, - 10:52 PM

In Feldenkrais, simple movements ease muscle pain

There’s no pumping iron, no stretching, no sweat-inducing aerobics in this technique that focuses on body coordination to get rid of pain.

Updated: February 02, 2013, - 08:38 AM

Slain Cold Spring officer's partner leaves job

Greg Reiter's actions after the shooting of officer Thomas Decker had come under scrutiny. He did not say why he quit.

Updated: January 31, 2013, - 07:12 AM

Obituary: Trying to save a life, Eric Dietz lost his own

Eric Dietz didn't let anything stop him.

Updated: January 24, 2013, - 11:04 PM

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