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.


Despite Trump's reversal, Minn. activists say fight over immigration policies isn't over

The battle of over separating immigrant children from their parents may be over but Minnesota activists and others say the bigger fight over proposed immigration reforms and policies is still on.


Scientist and professor Edward Fletcher dies at 93

Edward Fletcher was a rocket scientist — until he saw more possibilities in the sun. Now generations of solar scientists are following in the footsteps…


Mike Freeman questions chase that ended with SUV hitting 3 kids on Minneapolis playground

The motorist allegedly ran nearly two dozen stop signs while pursued. "Residential streets just aren't made for people driving 80 mph," the Hennepin County attorney said.


Driver who hit kids on Mpls. playground hasn't had valid license for years

The motorist remains jailed as charges are pending.


Dad who fathered kids around country has offspring tracking 'Johnny Appleseed'

He traveled coast to coast and "didn't go very long before impregnating somebody," said one daughter.


$210M settlement was long time coming for clergy abuse victims

For many, the announcement was closure as they continue to heal their scars of emotional trauma.


Cause of fire that destroyed Minneapolis artist hub is undetermined

Building was too heavily damaged to allow crews inside to investigate.


Beware: In Minnesota, ticks are lying in wait for you

It may just be an average season for ticks. But one icky tick may be one too many.


Rising water in Mpls. culvert 'came out of nowhere,' say men who held on for dear life

Park police on duty knew the Minnehaha Falls area and found the three — still gripping the gate.


'Greatest love story' began with arranged marriage at Mall of America, ended too soon

Colon cancer claims David Weinlick, whose friends picked the bride for the 1998 wedding at the Mall of America.