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

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

3 Minnesotans find needles in sandwiches on Delta flights

Three Minnesotans aboard two Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam on Sunday bit into turkey sandwiches that contained inch-long needles, prompting an international investigation led by the FBI.

Updated: July 17, 2012, - 07:33 AM

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

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