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

Twin Cities runners are near Boston finish-line blasts

A Twin Cities runner was within moments Monday afternoon of being at the finish line when the deadly explosions rocked the famed Boston Marathon.

Updated: April 16, 2013, - 06:43 AM

Icy start messing up morning commute; buses replacing light rail

Ice on overhead wires is causing problems with the Hiawatha light rail line this morning. Buses are replacing trains on the entire route.

Updated: April 11, 2013, - 06:57 AM

Obituary: Caricature artist William Morgan loved making people smile

William R. Morgan Sr. was an artist who needed to make a buck to raise a family. So he took...

Updated: April 08, 2013, - 09:46 PM

10-year, $13,000 quest to bury her son in Minnesota ends

The funeral was the culmination of a tale that encompassed war, corruption, extortion and a mother’s never-ending love for her son. But mostly it’s a story about Oulanova’s gumption and a singular determination aided by the kindness of strangers.

Updated: March 21, 2013, - 02:57 PM

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

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