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    A little over four years ago, I was wrapping up my first Minnesota winter when I got the call the Brainerd Dispatch wanted to hire me, which made sense, since I harassed then editor Roy Miller every day until he finally gave me an interview. At the time I ...

    Snows recede to reveal Nativity scene’s Jesus

    Christ has returned — at least a smaller, less-animated version of the Messiah has. The folks at The Good Samaritan Society-Woodland in Brainerd have waited for weeks for the newborn king to emerge from beneath about 8 feet of snow covering the senior car ...

    Byron Smith Trial: Lawyers' final arguments

    LITTLE FALLS — For the final time Tuesday jurors heard the now familiar sounds of recordings made by Byron Smith the day he shot Nick Brady and Haile Kifer in his rural Little Falls basement. The sound of breaking glass. Footsteps in the house. Three shot ...

    Byron Smith Trial: Smith found guilty on all murder counts

    LITTLE FALLS — A jury of six men and six women found Byron Smith guilty of all counts Tuesday in the shooting death of Nick Brady and Haile Kifer. Smith had been indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and charged with two counts of second-degree mu ...

    Byron Smith guilty on all charges

    LITTLE FALLS — Byron Smith has been found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder for the Thanksgiving Day, 2012, shootings of Nick Brady and Haile Kifer at Smith’s rural Little Falls home. The jury returned its ...

    Closing arguments in Byron Smith trial start Tuesday

    LITTLE FALLS — Judge Douglas Anderson gave jurors final instructions in the Byron Smith murder trial Monday. Closing statements in the trial are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Anderson informed the jury of the laws applied in the case and that once ...

    Byron Smith Trial: Lawyer advised Smith not to testify

    LITTLE FALLS — Defense attorney Steven Meshbesher told reporters Monday it was his decision to not have Byron Smith testify. Smith is on trial in Morrison County for two first-degree murder indictments in the Thanksgiving Day 2012 shooting deaths of Nick ...

    Byron Smith Trial: Defense rests its case

    LITTLE FALLS — The defense rested its case Monday in the murder trial of Byron Smith of rural Little Falls. Byron Smith waived his right to testify in court Monday following two days of defense testimony. Jurors left the room while Smith spoke before the ...

    Defense witnesses testify they saw fear in Byron Smith in days before shooting

    LITTLE FALLS — Witnesses for the defense attested Friday to fear observed in Byron Smith in the days before the Thanksgiving Day 2012 shooting of Nick Brady and Haile Kifer in Smith’s rural Little Falls home. Smith is currently on trial for the murder of ...

    Morrison sheriff testifies in Byron Smith murder trial

    LITTLE FALLS — Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel took the stand Friday as the second witness called by the defense in the Byron Smith murder trial in Morrison County. Wetzel’s testimony followed the conclusion of testimony from Morrison County Sheriff ...

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