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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.

High School league urged to 'reverse course' on Waseca hockey jerseys

A Minnesota state senator pushed back Friday against the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) after it said Waseca high school hockey players couldn't wear…

High school league says Waseca can't wear jersey honoring wounded officer

The garment can be worn at practice, but not during actual games, league says.

Wounded Waseca officer responds to questions, gives thumbs up

But many unknowns remain in Arik Matson's recovery.

Iowa poll: Klobuchar still stuck behind the top Democrats

Despite strong debate performances, the Minnesota senator hasn't pushed her poll numbers up in pursuit of the Democratic presidential nomination.

Minneapolis VA cited second time for failures in suicide of a vet

Hospital officials say improvements have already been made to stop such tragedies.

Minn. teachers union opposes constitutional amendment on achievement gap

Education Minnesota says plan could open the door for state-funded vouchers for private schools.

To close state's achievement gap, 2 leaders propose change to Minn. Constitution

Alan Page, a former Minnesota Supreme Court justice, and Neel Kashkari, president of the Minneapolis Fed, propose guaranteeing all Minnesota children the fundamental right to a quality public education.

Families of Minnesota Guard members watch and hope as U.S., Iran tensions rise

Thousands of relatives and friends of soldiers anxiously await the next development, hoping hostilities ease and their loved ones stay safe.

Minnesota chalks up the wettest year on record

Saturated soil, high rivers could spell trouble come spring.

Jayme Closs kidnapper: 'If it wasn't Jayme, it would probably be someone else'

Case files released Friday show Jake Patterson thought about "taking a girl" for two years.