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

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

Fire destroys SidCo 4x4 in Glencoe

A fire Monday evening destroyed an automotive business in Glencoe, about 30 miles west of Chaska.McLeod County Sheriff officials were...

Updated: January 21, 2014, - 09:14 AM

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

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