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.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has decided against opening more of Minnesota’s scientific and natural areas to hunting and trapping. The agency announced Tuesday that it won’t loosen hunting restrictions in 10 of the 159 areas, which are known as SNAs. The areas are protected because they contain rare native plants and undisturbed shorelines.
A 71-year-old St. Cloud pilot is in critical condition after crashing a helicopter into a barn roof in Morrison County Wednesday morning.
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.
An 81-year-old woman died after being broadsided in Morrison County Saturday morning. Jerry Schlag, 25, was driving northbound on Highway 25 when the woman pulled out onto the highway from westbound Fourth Avenue NE.
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.
A Morrison County jury found a 32-year-old Hutchinson man guilty of killing Dustin Brown in his Little Falls, Minn., trailer in October 2011.
Less than 24 hours after a Morrison County district court judge cut his $1 million bail in half, the Little Falls man accused of two counts of murder in the deaths of two teenagers was free to go, under deputy protection.
The Little Falls man charged with killing two teens is waiting to get out of jail after a judge agreed to lower his bail at a hearing Monday afternoon.
Local officials knew the grisly killings of two teenagers who broke into a man’s Little Falls home on Thanksgiving Day would stir up strong emotions.
A Morrison County man accused of shooting and killing two teens will likely be charged on Monday.
As snowflakes started drifting in parts of Minnesota Thursday morning, a bus slid off of slippery roads and overturned in Little Falls, Minn. According to the Palmer Bus Company, the crash happened on Iris Road at about 7:20 a.m.
A motorcyclist died Monday night after hitting a deer, then getting run over by two vehicles in northern Minnesota, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
A 20-year-old man was killed in a crash involving a semi-tractor trailer near Upsala, Minn. Wednesday afternoon.
Morrison County authorities say a 17-year-old boy shooting at a squirrel shot and wounded a woman sitting in her yard.