Mary Lynn Smith | Star Tribune
Reporter | Metro

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.


Minnesota man beats death, then gets to hold his newborn son

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.


911 call log: Officers found door kicked in, parents' bodies, no Jayme

Officials renew efforts in search for Wis. teen whose parents were murdered.


Dozens of volunteers help in search for missing Wis. teen

Despite the turnout of about 100 volunteers, Thursday's ground search ended in frustration.


The push to save Brainerd's landmark water tower begins

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…


Trying to flee the law in St. Paul, man jumps from eighth-floor window

The 27-year-old Bloomington man survived the fall but is now headed to jail.


Minnesota National Guard helps with hurricane relief efforts in Florida

Six soldiers and a helicopter will head to Florida as it recovers from the Category 4 hurricane.


Minnesota Red Cross aids hurricane relief efforts

The Red Cross also said it's in need of blood donations from around the nation.


Physical therapist can't turn back time, but helps runners slow it down

As people age, they lose lean muscle mass, flexibility and cardiovascular ability.


Aging yet active, baby boomers test the limits of artificial joints

For many in a generation hooked on running and recreational sports, artificial joints are a godsend.


'Daddy! I found a sword!' Minnesota girl pulls 1,500-year-old pre-Viking era artifact from Swedish lake

Saga Vanecek found the sword after stepping on what she thought was a stick.