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

Obituary: For Conrad J. Hoigaard, life was an adventure

Minnesota winters always were a bit of a drag on sales for the tent and awning business that Conrad Hoigaard’s...

Updated: July 12, 2014, - 09:53 PM

Minnesotans visiting Israel find themselves 'in eye of storm'

Sirens went off as St. Paul Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker talked with the family of a young Palestinian killed by Jewish extremists.

Updated: July 09, 2014, - 11:06 PM

Minnesota waters getting back to normal — sort of

Fresh off a new storm that dumped at least another half-inch of rain in parts of the Twin Cities area...

Updated: July 08, 2014, - 12:16 PM

Duluth mayor takes to Facebook: To run or not to run

Saying he’d rather step aside too soon than too late, Mayor Don Ness took his feelings to Facebook.

Updated: July 04, 2014, - 08:02 PM

Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt faces new sex claims

Nienstedt says the allegations of sexual misconduct with seminarians and priests are “absolutely false.”

Updated: July 02, 2014, - 05:37 AM

Blue-green algae -- deadly for dogs -- blooms in Minnesota lakes

Blue-green algae is blooming in Minnesota lakes. Though not all is poisonous, officials advise pet owners to be cautious.

Updated: June 27, 2014, - 11:41 AM

Police find small homemade bombs in Lakeville park

Two small homemade bombs were found Wednesday near a Lakeville playground in Kensington Park.When police arrived Wednesday afternoon, one device...

Updated: June 26, 2014, - 05:52 AM

Feds order Lakeville charter bus firm off the highways

“Imminent hazard” found in Lakeville company.

Updated: June 24, 2014, - 06:01 AM

Mudslide shuts down part of West River Parkway

The slide, which occurred about 7 p.m., sent a 100-yard swath of the hill, including trees and brush, onto the road and into the river.

Updated: June 20, 2014, - 10:06 AM

More rain puts more of Minnesota underwater

A state park dam structure gave way, cattle took advantage of downed fences and many homes had feet of water in their basements.

Updated: June 17, 2014, - 06:26 AM

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