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.

Fox 9 reporter shares story about losing her lower leg in boating accident

Courtney Godfrey fell overboard and her foot became entangled in the boat's propeller.

Heat wave hits as fall arrives: It's going to feel like 100 today

The predicted high of 93 degrees will make it one of the hottest days of the year.

Zebra mussels found in Minneapolis, Lakeville lakes

A single mussel was found in Lake Harriet on a boat recovered from the bottom. Five were found in Lake Marion.

Rochester, police officer settle bias claim for $1 million

Police Lt. Elisa Umpierre filed the claim after she said she was suspended for comments she made on Facebook.

Police investigate bomb threat at Seward co-op's Friendship store in Minneapolis

The store shut down Saturday after the threat and reopened Sunday.

Nazi flags, swastika armbands: history or hate speech?

Show at State Fairgrounds has banned Nazi artifacts, citing changing times.

National Weather Service tries to simplify winter warnings

The agency now has more than 100 different advisories, warnings, watches.

U leak probe cost $74K, caught no one

A $74K investigation into who leaked confidential information about a University of Minnesota athletic official has ended — with no culprit in sight.

Pipe bomb found in package at Hennepin Technical College

The college's Brooklyn Park campus is expected to reopen Friday.

Wayzata officer struck, killed while clearing Hwy. 12 debris

A car hit officer William Mathews, who had pulled over to the side of the eastbound highway to clear the road. The driver stopped and was cooperating but has been booked into jail.