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

July 29: Judge scales back charges against Waseca teen plotting school attack

A district judge dismissed the most serious charges against John LaDue, the Waseca teenager accused of secretly plotting a school massacre this spring, saying prosecutors hadn’t shown that the boy’s actions went beyond “mere preparation.’’

Updated: September 09, 2014, - 09:14 PM

Obituary: Architect Richard Faricy fought to preserve St. Paul's past

The artistry of Richard “Dick” Thomas Faricy rises along the streets of St. Paul, Minneapolis and other cities across the...

Updated: September 08, 2014, - 08:41 PM

Hailstorm lashes orchard, central Minnesota crops

A 10-minute hailstorm devastated hundreds of acres of farmland in central Minnesota.

Updated: September 04, 2014, - 01:39 PM

Stearns County prisoner found dead in presumed suicide

A 22-year-old inmate at the Stearns County jail was found dead Sunday, apparently after hanging himself with his T-shirt, according...

Updated: August 27, 2014, - 12:17 AM

Obituary: Paul Abbott Tidemann was hero in the LGBT community

Paul Tidemann didn’t just preach against injustices. He fought to end them.The former pastor at the St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church...

Updated: August 09, 2014, - 04:40 PM

At Burnsville vigil for SUV crash, father pleads for seat belts

A SUV with four teens went out of control on a highway south of Rosemount, killing one and critically injuring another as they were returning from a day on the Cannon River.

Updated: August 08, 2014, - 03:30 PM

Charges: Mpls. investor ran $10M scheme; some spent at casinos, erotic venues

A financial planner is accused of taking $10 million from dozens of investors.

Updated: August 06, 2014, - 11:42 PM

Ebola kills Coon Rapids father working in Liberia

Husband and father was due to return from Liberia in August.

Updated: July 30, 2014, - 11:09 AM

St. Paul man saves mom, 7-month old girl from burning duplex

St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard said the cause of the fire is arson and is being investigated. He credits Richard Johann and a police officer with saving the lives of the woman and 7-month-old girl. No one else was in the duplex.

Updated: July 29, 2014, - 02:11 PM

Nine BWCA campers rescued following late-night storms

At least nine people were evacuated by emergency crews Monday night as others in canoes, planes and a helicopter scoured the BWCA for others who might have been hurt in the storm.

Updated: July 23, 2014, - 05:35 AM

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