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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.

An Art Deco moviehouse regains its shine in Ely

After a 5-year renovation, State Theater set to reopen later this year

Wet Minnesota summer could come with upside of a fall awash in color

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Family says body found in Duluth waters is that of missing 21-year-old

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Minn. woman identified after she was killed by bear on Rainy Lake

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Black bear kills woman on remote Rainy Lake island in Ontario

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Minnesota man dies climbing highest peak in Montana

Man, 65, and his son were climbing highest points around country.

Park Board reverses field after angering Gophers fans with tailgating change

Minneapolis parks officials did a quick about face after limiting tailgating and parking space at East River Flats Park.

Vikings toss hat in the ring to host NFL draft and another Super Bowl

Vikings express interest in hosting the massive event again, and NFL draft, too.