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

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

St. Paul teachers to vote on strike

St. Paul educators will vote on Feb. 24 after union’s executive board notes “no progress” on priority issues during ongoing contract talks.

Updated: February 11, 2014, - 05:49 AM

Jan. 29: Mine debate has 2 visions for Up North

More than 2,000 people from across the state packed the RiverCentre auditorium for the third and final public hearing on the PolyMet Mining Corporation’s proposal for a $650-million open pit mine near Babbitt, Minn.

Updated: February 08, 2014, - 09:20 PM

Road salt supplies running thin in U.S., but not so much in Minnesota

Minnesota transportation officials expect to have enough salt to make it through the winter – unless winter throws a curve...

Updated: February 04, 2014, - 10:28 PM

Search continues for missing Shakopee angler on Minnesota River

The search is expected to continue Friday for a Shakopee man who reportedly went fishing Wednesday on the Minnesota River.Emergency...

Updated: January 23, 2014, - 08:38 PM

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