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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.


Stay-at-home order in Wisconsin turns Hudson's main street into a ghost town

Minnesotans only have to look across the St. Croix River to see what a state-mandated "stay-at-home" order looks like.


Minnesotans look for the possible during the unimaginable

Seven-year-olds who beg for a play date now video chat. Gym rats work out to YouTube videos. Book clubs, yoga classes and church groups connect via videoconferencing apps. Commuter congestion is gone.


Last call stings for bars and restaurants in Hudson, rest of Wisconsin

Governor's order to stay home is economic blow for many local businesses.


Virus shuts down Minnesota's gathering places

"It's a situation that no one has lived through in my lifetime," said Kris Howland from the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.


Daily life in Minnesota shutting down, going remote

The specter of the virus outbreak has forced organizations to shut down events, including St. Patrick's Day parades. The Twin Cities archbishop issued a dispensation to are Catholics for going to Sunday mass.


Wis. man who killed three Girl Scouts and a mother to be sentenced

The Chippewa Falls man will face the families of the victims in court this week.


Separated from presidential pick, Minnesota caucuses focus on party-building work

It's the first step in choosing delegates to conventions.


Minnesota officials side with Mille Lacs Band over boundary dispute

Minnesota's top elected officials made it clear this week that they're siding with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in a long-standing and often emotional…


With threat of spring flooding, Minnesota homeowners scramble to get protected

Homeowners scramble to buy insurance, but waiting too long can be risky, too


Mayo's mistake: 360 med school applicants are told they're in, then not

Because of a "technical error," applicants to the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.received acceptance letters Thursday afternoon when they shouldn't have.