Mary Lynn Smith | Star Tribune
Reporter | Metro

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.


Family says Isanti driver's sentence in death of teen skateboarder falls short

Family pushed for charges after boy hit, left to die.


St. Paul teen ID'd as victim of 1970s serial killer John Wayne Gacy

The 16-year-old boy who had been missing since he left his St. Paul home in the 1970s has now been identified as one of the 33 victims of the Chicago-area serial killer.


Foes of Twin Metals mine jam St. Paul listening session; advocates stay away

A group of 17 organizations that support the copper-nickel mining proposal near the BWCA boycotted the event, while speakers from a crowd of about 1,000 were unanimous in opposition.


E.coli sickens siblings from Wright County, killing 3-year-old girl

A boy in critical condition is fighting for his life, days after toxin-producing bacteria killed his sister.


Minnetonka advertising executive who was part-time hobo dies at 69

Todd Waters was drawn to two worlds, his home on Lake Minnetonka and the free-spirit ways of riding freight trains.


Long-lost soldier returns to Minnesota and to love of his life

Gerald Jacobsen, listed as missing in action for 73 years, was buried Friday at Fort Snelling Cemetery. And the woman he left behind finally found peace.


KARE 11 TV reporter Jay Olstad bids farewell

Olstad said he's leaving the news business to spend more time with his family.


West Fargo carnival shuts down booth giving away bunnies as prizes

Fair officials shut down booth after discovery.


Minnesota CAIR receives threatening e-mail, notifies FBI

E-mail advising "Get ready to have a war" is the second in seven months from the same sender.


73 years after World War II loss, Minnesota widow receives medals

The emotional ceremony with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar took place a week before Gerald Jacobsen's remains will arrive home in Minnesota.