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.

Human error led to 911 outage in Minnesota, two other states

No serious incidents were reported during the hourlong disruption.

Stillwater prison still in partial lockdown four weeks after corrections officer killed

Corrections officials dispute complaints about inhumane conditions.

Big Minnesota pork producer 'surprised' by immigration raids

Christensen Farms says third-party vendor may have hired illegal workers.

Corrections officer in St. Cloud assaulted

An inmate who had just been through intake elbowed him in the face, authorities say.

Invasive algae infests first Twin Cities lake

Medicine Lake infested with starry stonewort.

65 years after pilot vanished, family hopes for answers

Repatriation of Korean War remains renews Minnesota nephew's hopes.

Cause of 911 call disruption remains a mystery

The afternoon outage hit police and county law enforcement departments across the Twin Cities metro area and around Minnesota. Officials are sharing alternative numbers to call in case of emergency.

'We're family': Slain corrections officer is saluted by thousands

"I think everyone feels this loss," Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen said of the killing of Joseph Gomm at Stillwater prison.

First-ever Minn. deer management plan is 'delicate balancing act'

The 10-year plan is designed to provide more transparency, balance interests.

Police called over breast-feeding brouhaha at Minnesota pool

Cops called in over dispute over nursing in the kiddie pool.