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Mary Lynn Smith is a general assignment reporter for the Star Tribune. She previously covered St. Paul City Hall and Ramsey County. Before that, she worked in Duluth where she covered local and state government and business. She frequently has written about the outdoors.

After graduating with a master's degree in public affairs reporting, the Chicago native moved to Minnesota and fell in love with the outdoors despite being a Girl Scout dropout. Smith became an avid long-distance runner and cross-country skier, keeping her fit so she could backpack in the mountains and paddle the BWCA and Quetico wilderness areas with her husband and three children. Now that her daughters are adults, she gives them the heavier packs.


Irwin Jacobs shot his wife, then himself, officials confirm

The Hennepin County medical examiner listed the cause of death for both of them as "multiple gunshot wounds," and ruled Alexandra Jacobs' death a homicide and Irwin Jacobs' death a suicide.


Irwin Jacobs, wife found dead in what close friend calls murder-suicide

While Irwin Jacobs was widely known for his business dealings, Alexandra avoided the limelight that her husband often relished.


Final Four gives the Twin Cities one more shining moment

As the Twin Cities area wrapped up host duties for the men's basketball tournament, it proved once again that it can host a national megaevent.


State-owned Lanesboro hatchery getting a $5 million remake

A $5 million project will replace a DNR building that's riddled with problems.


Fargo poised to avoid 'really bad' flooding as fight moves north

"What people are seeing now is the power of the river," said Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney.


Hennepin Healthcare pays out nearly $1M to former CEO

Hospital officials say the severance package is typical for such jobs.


'Bye, Jayme': Closs kidnapper pleads guilty at dramatic hearing

The plea deal stipulates that Jake Patterson will not be charged with any offenses in Douglas County, where he held Jayme. The agreement means she won't have to testify at any trial.


Body of 92-year-old southern Minnesota man is recovered from drainage ditch

Marvin Borkenhagen likely was clearing debris from a culvert before he was swept away.


As Minnesota's snow melts, the garbage emerges

Minnesotans prepare to collect layers of litter that piled up over the winter.


After decades of spending, Minn. river cities feel ready for rising spring waters

For years, officials have invested millions of dollars, which should make this spring less daunting than the 1997 and 2009 flooding.