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.


Two-plus years in the making: Nicollet Mall back in business

Nicollet Mall reopened at noon Thursday, marking the end of a construction headache that's cost millions of dollars and closed the downtown Minneapolis corridor for more than two years.


U rocket team smashes competition, sets Guinness World Record with Alka-Seltzer

Team wins $25,000 and a spot in record book with fizz-fueled rocket.


Wisconsin teen challenging Minnesota rule banning boys from dance teams

Complaint says Minnesota policy perpetuates gender-based discrimination, violates Title IX.


Cold lets Twin Cities ski hills get a jump on winter

But next week's warmth will have die-hard golfers back on the course.


Melvin Carter wins mayor race in St. Paul; Frey leads in Mpls.

Carter spent much of the night with 50 percent of the vote in the mayor's race, outpacing Pat Harris. In Minneapolis, Jacob Frey led early among a tight and crowded mayoral race.


Voter turnout surprises Twin Cities poll watchers

Election officials estimate that 43 percent of the registered voters turned out at the polls, up from 33 percent four years ago.


Return of winter walleye fishing on Mille Lacs is welcome news for region

The limited season will open Dec. 1; "We'll take it," says one resort owner.


U.S. Bank Stadium opens for runners, skaters through end of year

The stadium will be closed for running and skating in January with preparations underway there for the Super Bowl.


American Indian community honors Dennis Banks' vision and leadership

Dennis Banks was remembered as a leader who brought pride and progress.


City mutt survived month alone in BWCA, close call with wolf

After getting lost in the BWCA and eluding rescuers, John Lundquist's pet is back home in Minneapolis.