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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.


Northern Minnesota jack pine is the largest in the United States

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.


Minnesota officials thinking about mail-only ballots for 2020 presidential primary

Backers of the mail-only ballot say it will make it easier to administer the election.


Fugitive elevator manager from Ashby, Minn., turns himself in

Jerry Hennessey, who now faces a mail fraud count in federal court, told a friend he was "in big trouble" before fleeing to Iowa.


Rising number of University of Minnesota students report mental health concerns

That makes it the top health issue on campus, according to a student survey released this week.


A month after Closs vanished, feeling in hometown 'very dark'

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."


Tom Braun, who co-founded whimsical Wild Rumpus bookstore in Minneapolis, dies at 74

Creative and talented, Braun always had a thousand ideas, those who knew him said.


Fergus Falls man charged with second-degree murder in shooting at mother's home

The 29-year-old man is in jail after allegedly shooting a man in his mother's home in Audubon, Minn.


Becker County man jailed in Audubon death

Authorities say there is no threat to the public.


Ramsey County, Arden Hills at odds over ammo plant project

County negotiators called for a pause in hopes of returning to negotiations later.


Shooting death of Little Falls deer hunter remains a mystery

The family of Terry Brisk is desperate for answers in his 2016 death.