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

Northstar train hits, kills man walking on tracks near Elk River

Sherburne County Sheriff officials said the railroad arms controlling the intersection were in the lowered position.

Updated: January 20, 2014, - 08:39 PM

Jan. 14: U student drowns trying to retrieve phone

Ken Hoang, 26, of St. Paul died at Northwestern Hospital and a 21-year-old Minnesota woman is presumed dead. A 23-year-old man, also from Minnesota, was pulled from the water and is hospitalized in critical condition.

Updated: January 14, 2014, - 02:28 PM

Woodbury man jailed in UAE for video spoof returns home

Shezanne “Shez” Cassim, a U.S. citizen and University of Minnesota graduate, was jailed in the United Arab Emirates for for nine months.

Updated: January 09, 2014, - 10:51 PM

Teen arrested in theft of Mark Andrew's iPhone

Andrew, a former Hennepin County commissioner, was in a mall coffee shop when a boy stole his iPhone.

Updated: January 08, 2014, - 11:43 PM

Wisconsin woman pulled from her burning house dies

A 68-year-old Wisconsin woman died after rescuers pulled her from her burning home in the village of Roberts.Roberts police officer...

Updated: January 08, 2014, - 11:35 PM

Duluth college student loses parts of her feet to frostbite

Alyssa Jo Lommel was found on a porch outside her neighbor’s house on a night temperatures dropped to 17 degrees below zero.

Updated: January 07, 2014, - 11:54 PM

Enjoy the thaw before the next freeze

A slow thaw is returning Minnesota to normal, but don’t stash those warm layers too far away: Lower-than-normal temperatures likely...

Updated: January 07, 2014, - 09:56 PM

Sheriff investigating two dead in Pine Island

The Sheriff’s Office is expected to release more information at a briefing at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday

Updated: January 07, 2014, - 08:49 AM

Hussein Samatar, 45: Somali immigrant elected to dream big

The first Somali immigrant elected to office in Minnesota, he made a difference on the Minneapolis school board, library board and among small businesses.

Updated: December 27, 2013, - 10:02 AM

Charles Foley, 82: Inventor put a twist into playing games

He spent a lifetime inventing and creating. But it was the Twister game that brought him the most fame.

Updated: December 27, 2013, - 09:41 AM

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