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.


Maplewood woman found guilty in overdose death of Chanhassen man

The judge expects to rule on a second case after closing arguments are filed July 3.


Vulnerable teen missing since Saturday has been found safe

The 15-year-old girl was last seen Saturday at a St. Paul women's shelter.


Athletic official on leave after violating U's policy on sexual harassment

The nature of the violation involving Randy Handel has not been disclosed. U regents angry over a leak are investigating who provided e-mail's contents.


Forest Lake HS students walk out to protest police department disbanding

More than 1,000 students left the school.


Minnesota should toughen driver texting laws, poll shows

The Star Tribune Minnesota Poll found that nearly 80 percent want texting to be punished on par with drunken driving. At the same time, most of those polled say they personally aren't the problem.


Searchers scour Mississippi River for missing U of M student

He fell into water while meditating with a friend.


State's largest school district warns parents about Netflix series involving suicide

Anoka-Hennepin sent an e-mail to parents about the show "13 Reasons Why."


Robert Halfhill, Twin Cities gay activist and archivist, dies at 76

His death leaves few left who remember the early days of the Twin Cities movement.


Suspect in fatal Red Wing shooting nabbed after 120-mph chase, charged

The charges filed in Goodhue County range from second-degree murder to second-degree manslaughter.


Minnesota Muslim teen wins fight to box wearing a hijab

Amaiya Zafar of Oakdale hopes to take her fight to the international boxing ring.