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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.


Jayme Closs stays quiet as Wis. lawmakers award her 'Hometown Hero' award

Jayme's aunt Jen Smith spoke on the teen's behalf, thanking the Assembly for the tribute.


Skeletal remains found in Boundary Waters are human

The remains were found in an area where a New Mexico man had planned to camp through the winter.


St. Paul College president abruptly announces he's leaving

His abrupt announcement came after faculty protests over his leadership style.


Donors flock to Franken's Leech Lake library campaign

The former senator thanked his Facebook followers for providing books and money for the reservation school's library.


Scattered remains, possibly human, found in the BWCA

Authorities found them in an area where a New Mexico man had planned to camp for the winter.


Irwin Jacobs shot his wife, then himself, officials confirm

The Hennepin County medical examiner listed the cause of death for both of them as "multiple gunshot wounds," and ruled Alexandra Jacobs' death a homicide and Irwin Jacobs' death a suicide.


Irwin Jacobs, wife found dead in what close friend calls murder-suicide

While Irwin Jacobs was widely known for his business dealings, Alexandra avoided the limelight that her husband often relished.


Final Four gives the Twin Cities one more shining moment

As the Twin Cities area wrapped up host duties for the men's basketball tournament, it proved once again that it can host a national megaevent.


State-owned Lanesboro hatchery getting a $5 million remake

A $5 million project will replace a DNR building that's riddled with problems.


Fargo poised to avoid 'really bad' flooding as fight moves north

"What people are seeing now is the power of the river," said Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney.