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A man who claimed he feared for his life when he fatally shot two teenagers in his central Minnesota home was found guilty Tuesday of premeditated murder. Byron Smith, 65, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and indicted on two counts of first-degree murder after the killings of Nick Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18, on Thanksgiving Day 2012, when the cousins entered his rural Little Falls home without permission. A jury convicted him on all four counts Tuesday in Morrison County District Court. Smith said he feared for his life but admitted to authorities that he shot t
ST. PAUL – A judge says Minnesota’s online voter registration system is illegal, but senators today will debate a law change to allow it. Senators plan to take up a bill House members passed 129-2 earlier this month, but Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson, said he does not know if the measure has Republican support. Gov.
Authorities were looking for a person who reportedly jumped off a bridge and into the Otter Tail River in western Minnesota early Monday. Breckenridge Police Chief Nate Harder said one of his officers was flagged down at about 2:15 a.m. by a driver flashing her headlights by the Main Street bridge in Breckenridge.
An ex-boyfriend of State Representative Mary Franson R-Alexandria, filed a defamation lawsuit against her Tuesday. Eric Harpel, chairman of the McLeod County Republican Party, claimed his reputation was ruined by false statements Franson made while filing a harassment restraining order against him in 2012. Franson, who represents District 8B, filed an answer to the lawsuit, also on Tuesday, denying all of Harpel’s allegations and asking Judge David Battey to dismiss the case. When contacted by the Echo Press , Franson sent the following statement: “Given the fact that
MINNEAPOLIS – The schedule for the upcoming NFL season was announced Wednesday and the Minnesota Vikings open with a road game at St. Louis on Sept. 7. The Vikings’ first home game at TCF Bank Stadium is Week 2 against the New England Patriots and the team’s first NFC North contest is Week 5 at Green Bay. Minnesota, which has its bye in Week 10, will close the season by hosting Chicago on Dec. 28. The Vikings will play Oakland, Arizona, Kansas City and Tennessee in the preseason. Minnesota Vikings Preseason Week 1 vs.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. – Audio recordings captured conversations Byron Smith had alone in his home following the Thanksgiving Day 2012 shootings of Nick Brady and Haile Kifer. Several law enforcement agents testified Wednesday at Smith’s murder trial that two digital recorders were recovered from the home.
Minnesota employers added 2,600 jobs in March, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The gains, offset partially by revised figures showing the...
WILLMAR, Minn. – A jury trial for a Willmar teenager charged with first-degree murder in his grandmother’s killing was scheduled Wednesday for July 21 to Aug.
Lake Park Mayor Aaron Wittnebel will serve 30 days in the Becker County Jail and five years of supervised probation as part of his sentencing Wednesday morning. Wittnebel was charged with financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult for mishandling finances for his sister, who has Down’s syndrome and for whom he was a guardian and conservator. Wittnebel pled guilty to the felony offense through an Alford Plea, which means whil