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

Colin Farbotko fought ALS with wisecracks

The Minneapolis triathlete, runner, skier, biker and all-around creative guy, accepted that he would live life as a "gimp" after losing the use of his arm. Two years later, doctors told him he would die.

Updated: October 20, 2012, - 06:53 PM

Workhouse, treatment for Maple Grove driver in death of pedestrian

Maple Grove woman pleaded guilty; she had vodka in her car when she hit mother of twins.

Updated: October 15, 2012, - 09:13 PM

Steelworker deal averts threat of strike on Iron Range

The proposed agreement covers 1,090 Minnesota workers at the United Taconite and Hibbing Taconite mines, as well as about 1,300 workers in Michigan at the company's Empire and Tilden mines.

Updated: October 10, 2012, - 09:34 PM

Woman got a pulse, and some hope, for boy hit by car in Mpls.

4-year-old was struck Sunday evening and died the next day.

Updated: October 03, 2012, - 12:27 AM

300th inmate freed by DNA plans new life in Minnesota

After more than a decade on death row in Louisiana, Damon Thibodeaux will live as an innocent man in Minnesota.

Updated: October 01, 2012, - 10:55 PM

Shooter, business owner, UPS driver among those killed

A man who apparently had just lost his job at a small business in Minneapolis' Bryn Mawr neighborhood returned to the building Thursday afternoon and opened fire, killing the company's founder and three others and wounding four others before taking his own life.

Updated: September 28, 2012, - 09:52 AM

Tax-and-spend state? Taxpayer group says yes

Minnesota continues to rank among the top tier of states for taxing and spending, according to a report released by the Minnesota Taxpayers Association.

Updated: September 26, 2012, - 09:44 PM

Back to 70s today after 95 comes up short of record

The Twin Cities area is on track for the warmest year on record, eclipsing the hot weather of 1931.

Updated: September 12, 2012, - 06:41 AM

Parts of BWCA closed due to small fires, dry terrain

With small fires popping up in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) and tinder-dry conditions posing a potential hazard, campfires are being restricted and about 20 lakes and part of a well-known hiking trail have been closed.

Updated: September 06, 2012, - 06:14 PM

Dry conditions fuel BWCA wildfire

The fire, which began near a campsite in the BWCA, is being fought aggressively.

Updated: September 04, 2012, - 12:03 AM

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