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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.


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He was among the first instructors hired when the Bloomington college was established in 1968.


Minnesota State Fair preview offers taste of return to normalcy

A bone-chilling day couldn't dampen enthusiasm at fairgrounds.


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Rochester's bid to control its goose population sparks controversy

Reducing the number of goslings that hatch ruffles feathers on Facebook.


Who is the oldest living person in Minnesota?

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