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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.


Family and strangers struggle to understand fatal Mpls. beating

A seemingly inconsequential encounter on a Metro Transit bus in Minneapolis led to violence and a loss for the loved ones of 75-year-old Shirwa Hasan Jibril.


4 Twin Cities women charged in scheme to steal $680,000 meant for Catholic Charities homeless

The U.S. Attorney's Office charged four women with fraud in a case involving Catholic Charities.


75-year-old man dies after attack, disagreement on Metro Transit bus, Mpls. police say

Charges against the man accused in the attack were immediately amended from felony assault to second-degree murder.


Mystery persists over who killed Minnesota deer hunter in 2016

Morrison County man's death three years ago was an intentional act, sheriff says.


Gun at after-school gathering leads to tragedy in St. Paul

Two boys who now face charges told police that their casual mishandling of a gun resulted in an accidental shot that killed 17-year-old Da'Qwan Jones-Morris.


Twin Cities attorney demands that pope remove Crookston bishop

Children are in peril and survivors of sexual abuse are suffering, Jeff Anderson said.


Children's Theatre reaches settlements in remaining sex abuse cases

The theater will contribute $500,000 to start a fund to support survivors.


Rodent misidentification led to Goldy Gopher's stripes

The smiling, bucktooth rodent was first modeled after a chipmunk.


Minnesota Armenians upset Rep. Omar didn't support measure recognizing genocide

Omar was one of three members who voted "present" as the House voted overwhelmingly to approve the measure in a clear rebuke to Turkey.


How did Minnesota become the Gopher State?

It appears Minnesotans have been misled about their beloved gophers. We try to unravel the gopher mystery.