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

Mayfly madness makes more than its usual mayhem in Hastings

Hastings called out plows after a particularly robust hatch. One accident was blamed on the mess.

Updated: July 16, 2012, - 09:38 PM

In aftermath of slayings, compassion

As soon as the First National Bank of River Falls opened for business Thursday morning, they came: Children who emptied the change from their banks, senior citizens who reached in their wallets for a $20 bill and countless others who wrote checks.

Updated: July 12, 2012, - 09:48 PM

July 11: 3 girls found dead in home; dad in custody

Mother alerted police after becoming worried for their safety. The father turned himself in.

Updated: July 11, 2012, - 05:53 AM

Overnight rain gives Twin Cities brief respite from record heat

Sweltering air will continue to sweep the region through the holiday, along with ozone advisories.

Updated: July 03, 2012, - 08:44 AM

Record-busting heat -- a high of 99 -- beats down on Twin Cities

Sweltering air will continue to sweep the region through the holiday, along with ozone advisories

Updated: July 02, 2012, - 11:12 PM

Louise Walker McCannel dedicated a privileged life to others

Louise Walker McCannel's most obvious legacy is the transformation of her grandfather's art collection into what is now the Walker Art Center.

Updated: June 23, 2012, - 04:18 PM

Lake Elmo teen's body recovered in St. Croix River

Authorities overnight recovered the body of an 18-year-old Lake Elmo teen who drowned while trying to swim across the St....

Updated: June 19, 2012, - 11:23 AM

Mpls. woman championed peace, but died a homicide victim

Lois Swenson, 76, who fought for peace, made community gardens a mission and shrugged off friends' advice to move out of north Minneapolis was found dead this week in her home.

Updated: June 15, 2012, - 08:38 AM

Motorcyclist dies after ignoring mom's pleas to wear helmet

Inge Black pledges to push for a law mandating helmets for motorcyclists after her daughter, Brittany Larson, who wouldn't wear one, died when she was thrown from her motorcycle and into the path of a SUV on I-694.

Updated: June 08, 2012, - 03:14 PM

Obituary: Hospital visionary Carl Platou transformed Fairview

Even after retirement, he was one of the most influential people in Minnesota medicine.

Updated: May 31, 2012, - 04:47 PM

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