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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.


Minnesota school custodian gets the gift of life from teacher

Erin Durga's gift amid the global health threat brought hope.


Earlier last call, but new COVID rules mostly on honor system

While some states are toughening their rhetoric and enforcement in response to a pandemic surge, Minnesota leaders said they are optimistic that a heavy-handed approach won't be necessary.


Minnesota voters stream to the polls despite the coronavirus threat

Voters wearing masks streamed into the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the midst of the pandemic — unlike a record number of Minnesotans…


With surge in cases, Wisconsin has become a cautionary tale

Mayo Clinic last week suspended nonessential procedures at its hospitals in and around Eau Claire and brought in nurses from Rochester to cover shifts.


David Trompeter, avid outdoorsman and former Ranier mayor, dies of COVID-19 at 88

In the small northern border town of Ranier, Minn., David Trompeter was among the last of the old-timers. The former high school English and industrial…


'Hail Mary' surgery gives girl with rare cancer a second chance at life

After two months in the M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, the 11-year-old got the OK to return to home in Baltimore.


Minn. reports highest one-day COVID-19 death count since June

Twenty-nine COVID-19 deaths were reported by the Minnesota Department of Health on Wednesday along with a new category of probable infections based on antigen diagnostic testing.


Wisconsin struggles with new surge in COVID-19 cases

New restrictions are enacted after the state becomes a hot spot.


Minnesotans across the state overwhelmingly are voting absentee

A heated presidential election and COVID-19 are driving people to vote from home.


White House now aims to slash refugee numbers to an all-time low

The Trump administration wants to further slash admissions; Minnesota advocates for refugees say plan betrays U.S. values.