It’s hard to find anywhere that’s open on Christmas Day. But there’s one restaurant in Little Falls that’s open and giving out free food.
A Minnesota man convicted of killing two unarmed teenagers who broke into his home in 2012 has been ordered to pay more than $21,000 in restitution to the victims’ families. Sixty-six-year-old Byron Smith was convicted in April of first-degree premeditated murder in the deaths of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer. Smith was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He is appealing.
A 55-year-old Little Falls man died in a pond crash in Aitkin County Saturday afternoon, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The state patrol says a man was traveling in a 1999 Dodge Durango westbound on Highway 18 near Highway 169 when he ran off the road, crashed and rolled into a pond upside down.
Just outside of Little Falls is a historic site open only in the summertime, so you still have several weeks to plan a visit. The Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site has the preserved childhood home of the famed aviator, as well as the Charles A. Lindbergh State Park across the street (and which is named after the aviator’s father).
A power line electrocuted a man Wednesday afternoon while he was trimming trees in Minnetonka, Minn. It happened just after 1 p.m. on Townline Road. A 21-year-old man, who is an employee of a tree trimming company out of Little Falls, was about 30 feet high when he hit a power line.
The attorney of the Little Falls man convicted for murdering two teens on Thanksgiving Day 2012 said he filed appeal documents Wednesday in the state Supreme Court.
A 71-year-old St. Cloud pilot is in critical condition after crashing a helicopter into a barn roof in Morrison County Wednesday morning.
This week marks one month since a Minnesota homeowner went to prison for killing two unarmed teenage burglars. Byron Smith is serving life behind bars for shooting Nick Brady and Haile Kifer. The two cousins broke into his home in Little Falls on Thanksgiving 2012. Smith said it was self-defense, but a jury decided it was murder.
Washington County Attorney Pete Orput is sharing his thoughts on the case against Byron Smith, the Little Falls man found guilty of murdering two teenagers who had broken into his home. “This was a preplanned, well thought out, way to murder a couple of kids whom he was angry at because he had a few things stolen out of his house and garage,” Orput said.
The Little Falls, Minn. man who shot and killed two teenagers after they broke into his home has been found guilty of all four counts of premeditated murder.
A sheriff’s deputy testifying in the trial of a Minnesota man who killed two teens when they broke into his house on Thanksgiving Day 2012 testified Friday that Byron Smith had told him just weeks earlier that he wanted to catch the people who had been burglarizing his home.
Two teenage cousins killed after breaking into a Minnesota man’s home were shot a total of nine times, with some shots coming from close range, a medical examiner testified at the man’s murder trial Thursday.
According to the American Bar Association, a judge can declare a mistrial due to the death of a juror or attorney, an error that would cause prejudice and couldn’t be rectified with jury instructions, impropriety in jury selection, jury misconduct or a hung jury.
Authorities who searched the home of a Minnesota man who shot and killed two teens testified Wednesday that they found an audio recorder that was turned on, an operating surveillance system and a cellphone jamming device.
Minnesota jurors listened Tuesday to an audio recording of the moments when two teenagers were fatally shot by a homeowner who says he feared for his life after several break-ins.
A Minnesota man on trial for killing two teenagers after they broke into his house had been lying in wait in his basement with a book, some snacks and two guns, a prosecutor said Monday in his opening statement. Byron Smith, 65, of Little Falls, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the slayings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer on Thanksgiving Day in 2012.
Court officials say a jury has been picked to hear the case of a Little Falls homeowner who claims he was defending himself when he shot and killed two teens who entered his home. Byron Smith is on trial on two counts of premeditated first-degree murder for the 2012 killings of 17-year-old Nick Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer.
The trial is getting underway this week for a Little Falls man who said he killed two teenagers in self-defense. It was Thanksgiving Day 2012 when Byron Smith said he shot Nick Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18, several times after they broke into his home.
After a central Minnesota man repeatedly shot a teen who entered his home, he dragged the boy’s bloodied body into a basement workshop, authorities say, sat down — and waited. When another teen began descending the stairway minutes later, Byron Smith fired again.
Riley, the Heine family’s English setter, can sleep anywhere, anytime. So, that had Karen from Edina wanting to know: Why do dogs sleep so much? According to Dr. Travis with Uptown Veterinarians, dogs have natural circadian rhythms, like humans. He says some dogs sleep far more than others, and are influenced by their owners’ schedules.
A 30-year-old Minneapolis man has been sentenced to over 11 years in prison for his involvement in the heroin overdose death of a Little Falls teen, the Morrison County Attorney’s Office announced Monday.
Sometimes a simple gesture can be so inspiring, it leads to something bigger than anyone expected. That’s what we found in central Minnesota. A few years ago, people chipped in to put a few winter wreaths on the graves at the State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls.
Jamie Yuccas and Edward Moody headed north to show us the industries that count on deer hunting season. First up is Thielen Meats in Little Falls. The family-run business has been helping hunters make sausage for the last 23 years.
A Minneapolis man has been charged with the murder of a Little Falls woman who died of a heroin overdose. According to the Morrison County Attorney’s office, 30-year-old Keon “Bird” Mangun sold heroin to Brandon Bedford in north Minneapolis on Feb. 27, 2012. Bedford then gave the heroin to 19-year-old Miranda Gosiak of Little Falls on that evening and on the afternoon of Feb. 28, when she died of an overdose. A Morrison County District Court jury returned a guilty verdict against Mangun Wednesday evening on a charge of 3rd-degree murder.
Wet, windy weather made it challenging for participants in Camp Ripley’s 12th annual archery deer hunt for youth. The hunt drew 137 hunters to the Camp Ripley military reservation last weekend, while 13 other young people hunted next door at the Nature Conservancy’s Lake Alexander Preserve.