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

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

'Pathetic' thieves take Minnesota vets' markers

Bronze stars have been stolen from hundreds of grave sites.

Updated: May 29, 2012, - 10:08 PM

Obituary: Salesman Jack Culley made sailing a way of life

Jack R. Culley took a passion for sailing and turned it into a business that eventually transformed thousands of landlubbers into sailors.

Updated: May 29, 2012, - 08:16 PM

May rainfall near or past record

But heavy showers and severe weather should disappear for a sunny Memorial Day in the Twin Cities.

Updated: May 28, 2012, - 09:05 AM

Stolen cemetery vases found in Minneapolis park

Nine plastic bins in the Camden boat launch parking lot were filled with the bronze vases taken recently from area cemeteries.

Updated: May 25, 2012, - 11:36 PM

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