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

Severe spring storms whip through Minnesota

Problems were especially pronounced in the south with reports of a tornado, torrential rains, spurts of hail and high winds that blew down trees and snapped power poles.

Updated: May 09, 2014, - 05:50 AM

Forest Lake man arrested, accused of hiding Bosnian war crimes

A Forest Lake man was arrested Wednesday after being indicted on immigration fraud charges for hiding war crimes he reportedly...

Updated: May 08, 2014, - 08:21 AM

Clarence "Pete” Mondale, brother of former vice president, dies at 87

Clarence C. “Pete” Mondale, brother of former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, died May 2 in his Washington, D. C.,...

Updated: May 06, 2014, - 07:48 PM

New Brighton neighbors' feud erupts in gunfire; 1 dead

A neighborhood dispute in New Brighton erupted in gunfire Monday night, leaving one man dead, a woman wounded and another...

Updated: May 06, 2014, - 07:01 AM

Boy Scouts settle sex abuse lawsuit involving Burnsville troop

The case involves former scoutmaster Peter Stibal, who headed Troop 650 in Burnsville from about 2003 to 2009.

Updated: May 06, 2014, - 03:56 AM

Minnesota's distracted driving crackdown snags 550 in 10 days

Distractions include people eating burgers, applying makeup, shaving, reading newspapers, scrolling on computers and of course, texting, said Lt. Eric Roeske, spokesman for the Minnesota State Patrol.

Updated: April 22, 2014, - 09:36 AM

Obituary: Vy Van Pham was quiet community force

Vy Van Pham never talked much about how he had met with President Jimmy Carter, saved hundreds of people fleeing...

Updated: April 19, 2014, - 05:05 PM

Wed.: MSU-Mankato players refuse to practice

Instead of practicing with returning coach Todd Hoffner, players issued a statement proclaiming allegiance to interim coach Aaron Keen.

Updated: April 17, 2014, - 07:10 AM

Snowstorm: Glancing blow to Twin Cities, 6-10" for Duluth

Hope you enjoy last week’s warm weather. Duluth is facing a huge snowstorm while the metro will get dusted.

Updated: April 16, 2014, - 03:31 AM

Northwestern Minnesota man arrested in sheriff's deputy shooting

A 19-year-old northwestern Minnesota man was arrested Tuesday and accused of shooting a sheriff’s deputy in the back during a traffic stop.

Updated: April 15, 2014, - 09:20 PM

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