Recent content from Mary Lynn Smith
For years, officials have invested millions of dollars, which should make this spring less daunting than the 1997 and 2009 flooding.
A steady, two-day rain expected to drench the knee-deep snowpack across much of Minnesota is raising flood concerns and sending crews to work to find a place for all that water.
No initial reports of any injuries as rain fell on the already wet and heavy snow.
A spike in temperature and rapid melt could create even more trouble in Minnesota in coming weeks.
Removed from ministry in 1985 and the priesthood in 2009, Thomas Adamson lived out his final days in Rochester. He died last week at age 85.
Children's Theatre founder was jailed for sexually abusing boys.
Authorities, however, note that the public is not in danger because the assault appears to be an isolated case.
A slow, steady melt is what's needed to keep spring deluge at bay. Right now, all that can be done is wait and see.
Use of genealogy sites can open doors on cold cases, but at what cost?
Investigators said there was no sign of trauma or violence and don't suspect foul play.
The Barron, Wis., teen and her family posted a note of thanks on Facebook.
A steady, and sometimes heavy snowfall, will continue through most of Thursday before tapering by the evening, Up to 12 inches is forecast for north central and northwestern Minnesota.
Jay Mitchell says about his reunion with his best friend, Hero: "[He's] all I have in the world right now."
As Legislature weighs heftier penalties, advocates focus on cellphone use.
Jay Mitchell thought he would die in the relentless, brutal cold. Then he got help and treatment. But there's still a chance doctors might have to amputate one or both feet.
Temperatures landed into positive territory only early Friday after a 78-hour stretch of sub-zero cold in the Twin Cities area.
Jay Mitchell was stunned by the generosity of those contributing to a GoFundMe page set up to help him during his recovery from frostbite.
Temperatures were rising Thursday inside and out, bringing a return to routines. But the deep freeze left some pain, especially frozen plumbing.
All Xcel Energy natural gas customers are urged to lower thermostats to 63 because of "significant strain" on the utility's natural gas system. Minneapolis, St. Paul and Anoka-Hennepin schools will be closed Thursday.
It was the latest in the long list of closings due to the extreme cold. The temperature is expected to dive to minus-29 in the Twin Cities by Wednesday morning for the first time since 1996.
While national researchers worry about higher speeds, state studies have found something different.
He is credited with improving graduation rates, restoring stability, and raising the school's profile as an undergraduate teaching institution.
The randomness of a meticulously planned crime has shaken residents of Barron, Wis.
The 13-year-old Wisconsin girl told authorities that the suspect first killed her father at the front door of their house, and then broke down the door to the bathroom where she and her mother were hiding.
Three people east of Gordon, Wis., described the dramatic moments when the 13-year-old was found almost three months after she disappeared: dirty with matted hair and wearing shoes too big for her.
The state's current Safe Harbor law focuses primarily on young victims.
Player awarded $20,000 in pioneering business discrimination case.
Erik R. Johnstone, 48, of Fridley, was hit after he stepped off a median at University and 40th avenues NE.
A 63-year-old man died of cardiac arrest in connection with a home invasion.
Federal officials opened a path for a second mine just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
The tree along the Namakan Lake shoreline in Voyageurs National Park makes Minnesota the home to four of the 783 national champions and co-champions.
Backers of the mail-only ballot say it will make it easier to administer the election.
Jerry Hennessey, who now faces a mail fraud count in federal court, told a friend he was "in big trouble" before fleeing to Iowa.
That makes it the top health issue on campus, according to a student survey released this week.
Town and family struggle while investigators keep hope alive: "The motive isn't there. The reason isn't there. I wish, wish, wish every night before I go to bed that we find a clue."
Creative and talented, Braun always had a thousand ideas, those who knew him said.
The 29-year-old man is in jail after allegedly shooting a man in his mother's home in Audubon, Minn.
Authorities say there is no threat to the public.
County negotiators called for a pause in hopes of returning to negotiations later.
The family of Terry Brisk is desperate for answers in his 2016 death.
The four victims of last weekend's horrific hit-and-run crash along a highway in northwestern Wisconsin will be laid to rest over the next two days.
The alumni donation gets college's $400 million fundraising drive off to a strong start.
When Ashley Goette stood over her husband Andrew's lifeless body and pushed down on his chest, he was 28 -- and she was 39 weeks pregnant.
Officials renew efforts in search for Wis. teen whose parents were murdered.
Despite the turnout of about 100 volunteers, Thursday's ground search ended in frustration.
The clock is ticking on whether Brainerd’s landmark water tower can be saved. A citizen committee has about two years to cobble together enough donations…
The 27-year-old Bloomington man survived the fall but is now headed to jail.
Six soldiers and a helicopter will head to Florida as it recovers from the Category 4 hurricane.
The Red Cross also said it's in need of blood donations from around the nation.
As people age, they lose lean muscle mass, flexibility and cardiovascular ability.
For many in a generation hooked on running and recreational sports, artificial joints are a godsend.
Saga Vanecek found the sword after stepping on what she thought was a stick.
She made a name in her own right helping "execute a lot of Alan's wishes and dreams."
Mortuary lost appeal after being cited for a dozen violations.
Officials are seeking ways to minimize gaps in care.
The deputy, who was shot in the arm, suffered noncritical injuries.
Health officials need more information about where dead bats were found.
Sheriff issues preliminary findings; additional test results awaited.
Over the 12 days of the Minnesota State Fair, 2,046,533 fairgoers streamed through the gates.
A young mother from Wisconsin was pulled from the water after her family's kayak capsized. Three children and their father died.
No serious incidents were reported during the hourlong disruption.
Corrections officials dispute complaints about inhumane conditions.
Christensen Farms says third-party vendor may have hired illegal workers.
An inmate who had just been through intake elbowed him in the face, authorities say.
Medicine Lake infested with starry stonewort.
Repatriation of Korean War remains renews Minnesota nephew's hopes.
The afternoon outage hit police and county law enforcement departments across the Twin Cities metro area and around Minnesota. Officials are sharing alternative numbers to call in case of emergency.
"I think everyone feels this loss," Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen said of the killing of Joseph Gomm at Stillwater prison.
The 10-year plan is designed to provide more transparency, balance interests.
Cops called in over dispute over nursing in the kiddie pool.
Prosecutors said they are awaiting end of BCA investigation before deciding on charges against inmate.
One deputy's personnel information includes four disciplinary actions and several awards.
Police are investigating the validity of the 911 call that prompted the incident.
As birthday wishes rolled, she's betting on the Vikings again.
High winds, hail and rising waters smacked parts of Minnesota Tuesday, washing out roads and flooding homes, while the threat of more rain on Wednesday…