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

Worst of Central Corridor light-rail work to end soon

University Avenue businesses hope for the best as disruptive construction wraps up and the project moves to its finishing phase.

Updated: December 13, 2012, - 10:01 AM

Ice pack gives lots of Twin Cities drivers headaches

Sunday's snow turned to an icy washboard on Twin Cities roads, making the week's commutes harrowing and painfully slow.

Updated: December 12, 2012, - 12:09 PM

Winter drops in to snarl Minnesota traffic, delight skiers, snowmobilers

Two deaths were attributed to storm, which led to hundreds of crashes and towed cars and quite a few happy outdoor enthusiasts.

Updated: December 10, 2012, - 11:13 PM

Officer killed in Cold Spring; suspect in custody

Stearns County authorities said the officer was shot while he was trying to do a welfare check at an apartment Thursday night.

Updated: November 30, 2012, - 08:07 AM

Traveling for Thanksgiving holiday? Join the crowd

43.6 million are expected to hit roads, airports today.

Updated: November 21, 2012, - 11:05 AM

Bomb kills New Prague Marine in Afghanistan

Dale Means was killed Sunday while manning his truck's machine gun. He was 23.

Updated: November 19, 2012, - 11:38 PM

Waseca assistant football coach killed in crash

Fred Statz had been a defensive lineman at Minnesota State University in Mankato.

Updated: November 14, 2012, - 06:28 AM

119 wolves killed so far in Minnesota's first hunt

First season ends Sunday; second one runs Nov. 24-Jan. 31.

Updated: November 13, 2012, - 12:11 AM

Tattoo on Facebook aimed at cop lands gang member in jail

Cop saw it as a threat from gang figure; ACLU disagrees.

Updated: November 09, 2012, - 12:01 AM

Minnesota, as usual, backs Democrat for president

Romney made a late bid in Minnesota. U professor finds it a mystery why he didn't make earlier effort to compete.

Updated: November 07, 2012, - 12:28 AM

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