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

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

Obituary: Carrie Dorfman blazed trail for women's ordination

About 40 years ago, Carrie Dorfman did what most women at the time wouldn't think to do: She became an ordained minister.

Updated: September 01, 2012, - 09:48 PM

Second ride at State Fair falters

Repair is hoped for Wednesday. "They will get slammed with riders" in the heat, fair official said.

Updated: August 29, 2012, - 07:04 AM

Obituaries: Restaurateurs Pat Murray, Jack Kozlak built legends one meal at a time

Restaurateurs Pat Murray and Jack Kozlak, who died within days of each other, spent years setting the standard for fine dining in Minneapolis.

Updated: August 22, 2012, - 02:38 PM

Obituary: Wrestler Jack E. Danielson was a gentle giant

Inside the wrestling ring, "Black Jack Daniels" was the guy everyone loved to hate, including older women so riled by the sight of him that they poked him with their hat pins as he passed by.

Updated: August 04, 2012, - 06:20 PM

Obituary: Tomboy Nancy (Mudge) Cato was in a league of her own

Kim Cato Purmort knew that her mother was a sports fanatic. But it wasn't until a Hollywood movie maker began calling that she discovered her mother had played second base in the legendary All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Updated: July 28, 2012, - 07:27 PM

Minnesota sex-offender lawsuit takes step forward

Class-action case questions legality of the state program.

Updated: July 25, 2012, - 06:35 AM

Weekend road closings: A Twin Cities carmageddon?

Traveling around the Twin Cities this weekend? Well, not so fast. A proliferation of weekend road, lane and ramp closures will force motorists to be creative in finding new routes.

Updated: July 21, 2012, - 09:16 AM

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