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 drivers spent equivalent of a day in congestion last year

Traffic went up 17 percent in 2013. That means many metro-area motorists wasted 24.5 hours — four more hours than the year before — sitting behind the wheel in congested traffic.

Updated: March 07, 2014, - 05:47 AM

Man's frozen body found in Faribault

The frozen body of a 23-year-old man was found Tuesday in a field in Faribault.A person who works nearby found...

Updated: March 04, 2014, - 09:27 PM

6-year-old girl is found dead in subzero cold outside Bemidji apartment

A 6-year-old girl was found dead near her Bemidji apartment early Thursday morning when the temperature was 27 below with...

Updated: February 27, 2014, - 11:15 PM

Feb. 27: Middle school student pulled from school pool

A 12-year-old boy who had been swimming at St. Louis Park Middle School during a physical education class Thursday morning...

Updated: February 27, 2014, - 08:50 PM

March will begin with another polar plunge

Winds topping 40 miles per hour are forecast for the metro area, just in time for the evening commute.

Updated: February 26, 2014, - 09:19 PM

Winter's siege continues with road closures, outages

At 4 a.m. Friday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation classified metro area highways as hazardous, which means no travel is advised.

Updated: February 21, 2014, - 07:14 AM

Winter storm now at full force with near white-out conditions

The National Weather Service said Thursday that the storm’s target, with the metro area as the bull’s-eye, should be ready for 1 to 2 inches of snow an hour, strong winds and sharply reduced visibility for motorists. Minneapolis and St. Paul declared snow emergencies.

Updated: February 20, 2014, - 11:26 PM

After our day in the sun, winter’s coming back with a vengeance

A winter storm is barreling into Minnesota Thursday, closing schools, creating commuting chaos and forcing metro residents to clear up to 8 inches of snow. Again.

Updated: February 20, 2014, - 05:22 AM

3 escape injury in car-train crash in Elk River

Three people escaped injury when their car was struck Tuesday evening by an eastbound Northstar train in Elk River.After their...

Updated: February 18, 2014, - 09:02 PM

Finally, a respite from frigid winter begins, but freezer returns Friday

Twin Cities residents will bask in temperatures that are expected to hit a high of 40 degrees on Tuesday and then hover in the 30s on Wednesday and Thursday. But by Friday, it’s back into the freezer.

Updated: February 17, 2014, - 10:18 PM

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