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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.


With glut of rain, Minnesota is having a tough time drying out

A barrage of recent storms flooding streets, swamping basements and casting parked cars afloat is adding to one of the soggiest years on record.


Minnesota native, top American held in Iran during hostage crisis dies

Bruce Laingen was often seen on the news bound and blindfolded. His wife tied a yellow ribbon around the oak tree in the front yard of their home. He was 96.


Yet another mystery is uncovered at Duluth's storied Glensheen mansion

"This is one of the coolest things we have historically uncovered," Glensheen's director said regarding a diving bell recently brought to the surface.


'There are no limitations.' Minnesota salutes new brigadier general

"There are no limitations," Stefanie Horvath said shortly before a ceremony in front of family, friends, Minnesota Guard colleagues and dignitaries that included Gov. Tim Walz.


Going buggy: Just as gnats die down, mosquitoes are out in full force

"It's a challenging year," said Mike McLean of the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, which is doing its best to take the sting out of the threat.


Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman to undergo cancer surgery

Doctors plan to remove part of his lung where cancer has re-emerged.


Bacteria levels close three Minneapolis beaches

Minneapolis park officials plan to retest the bacteria levels on Wednesday.


Giant corncob is Rochester's pride; will it be a landmark?

Fans want the official designation for the old water tower in hopes of keeping it standing in its spot.


Roaming Minnesota bear with accidental collar has neighbors pitted against each other

Bruin's plight is sign of a wider problem — people feeding wild animals.


New Ulm Diocese reaches $34M settlement in clergy abuse case

If approved by the courts, the $34 million settlement will be the third in Minnesota.