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Key Lawmakers say 'No' to Idea for ATV Park Using Legacy Tax Money

Two key state lawmakers saw our 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS report on initial plans for an all-terrain (ATV) park, using tax money from the Legacy Fund, and responded with a resounding "no", to the idea.

Family of 2 Sisters Killed in Wis. Mourn, Remember Them

A family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support after losing two relatives in a fatal shooting at a home near Madison, Wisconsin.

Ashlee Steele and her younger sister Kacee Tollefsbol were shot to death last Friday. The suspected gunman is Ashlee Steele's husband Andy Steele, a former Dane County Sheriff's Deputy. 

Inmate Dies in Stearns County Jail

An inmate at the Stearns County Jail has died.

Twenty-two-year-old Jerod Jakel of Sauk Rapid is believed to have committed suicide Sunday by hanging himself in his cell, according to Sheriff John Sanner.

On Tuesday, the sheriff's office said correction staff responded to a medical situation at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday and found Jakel unresponsive.

Report: Minnesota Dance Coach Fired over Hazing Incident

The Cannon Falls Bomber Dance Team. - Photo: cannonfallsdanceteam.com

A Minnesota dance coach has been fired over a hazing incident involving toy guns.

The Cannon Falls School Board voted to terminate Madi Salisbury Monday night, according to the Post-Bulletin. The paper reports that upperclassmen on the Bomber Dance Team used toy guns to scare their younger teammates during a team-building exercise in July.

Byron Smith Fights Restitution to Teens' Families

Byron Smith, left center, walks into court for his trial in April. - Photo: KSTP/File

A Minnesota man convicted of murdering two unarmed teenagers who broke into his home is contesting the restitution prosecutors are asking he pay for the deaths.
Sixty-six-year-old Byron Smith took the stand Tuesday to testify about what had been stolen in a series of burglaries at his Little Falls home before the Thanksgiving Day 2012 shootings.

Man Arrested after Hours-Long Standoff in Crow Wing County

A 55-year-old man was taken into custody Saturday afternoon after an hours-long standoff with law enforcement in Crow Wing County.

The incident started just after 10 a.m., when authorities were called to 20030 Tower Road for a welfare check.

Meeting to be Held in New Brighton to Discuss Mille Lacs Walleye

Walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs has been the topic of controversy this summer and an upcoming meeting in New Brighton is aimed at addressing concerns.