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.


Osseo school board chair wants armed volunteers to patrol schools

Robert Gerhart, board chair of one of the metro area's largest school districts, floated the idea Tuesday, saying he's tired of all the talk but no action about protecting students.


People react to major face-lift in the works for Hennepin Avenue

Citizens got a peek at the plans on Thursday night.


Driver in Hwy. 65 crash recounts fatal shooting of knife-wielding man

A driver who had stopped to help shot the knife-wielding man as he assaulted others involved in the crash, police and witnesses say.


Criminal cases involving school principals raise questions for administrators

Charges this week against Lakeville Principal Chris Endicott are one of several criminal investigations involving Minnesota school principals.


Three men, 52 years and a vow to always be at the Super Bowl

Tom Henschel, Don Crisman and Gregory Eaton have been at every game.


Downtown Mpls. traffic eases after 2 days of Super Bowl gridlock

Friday evening's commute was improved after epic traffic jams Wednesday and Thursday, commuters said.


One-day spring warm-up not so nice for Super Bowl ice art

Ice sculptures rising on Nicollet Mall will fare well as temperatures dip once again.


Video of Edina police officer confronting a black man goes viral

The man, stopped for walking in the street, demanded to know why the officer detained him. He was later charged with disorderly conduct.


Why no march here? Some Twin Cities women want to take movement to the streets again

Leaders are shifting tactics ahead of election, but loss of visibility worries some.


Frozen Minnehaha Falls entices some into forbidden territory

Trekkers to the prohibited area can get a beautiful snapshot – and a day in court.