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Audit of Coach Hoffner Firing Sought

Top officials at Minnesota State, Mankato are asking state auditors to review the dismissal of head football coach Todd Hoffner. - Photo: KSTP/File

Top officials at Minnesota State, Mankato are asking state auditors to review the dismissal of head football coach Todd Hoffner.
    
The coach has returned to the university after he was reinstated by an arbitrator who said he was improperly fired.
    

Byron Smith Trial: Judge Denies Another Mistrial Request

Attorneys for 65-year-old Byron Smith asked for a mistrial Wednesday after about an hour of cross-examining a forensic scientist from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. - Photo: KSTP/File

A Minnesota judge has denied another request for a mistrial in the case of a Little Falls homeowner who killed two teens who entered his home.
    
Attorneys for 65-year-old Byron Smith asked for a mistrial Wednesday after about an hour of cross-examining a forensic scientist from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
    

Trial for Little Falls Homeowner Continues after Judge Rejects Mistrial Request

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The Little Falls man who shot and killed two teens that broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day in 2012 looked away as prosecutors played an audio clip of the shootings during the trial Tuesday.

Mpls. Considering Changing 'Columbus Day' Name

The City of Minneapolis is considering changing the name of Columbus Day at a council meeting on Friday.

Activists in the city have proposed changing the name to "Indigenous People's Day." The date falls on Oct. 13 this year.

Crow Wing Co. Man Claims Intruder, Allegedly Shoots Self

A 61-year-old man was sent to the hospital over the weekend after allegedly shooting himself and claiming there was an intruder in his basement.

Cat Sanctuary Agrees to Improve Business Practices

Changes will be made to the troubled Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone.

KSTP has reported about the investigation into allegations of misuse of funds at the Sanctuary.

An agreement was reached Tuesday between the Minnesota Attorney General and the Wildcat Sanctuary Board of Directors.

State Board Reprimands Wabasha Co. Judge Walters

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The Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards has publicly reprimanded Wabasha County Judge Terrence M. Walters for rules violations.
    
The board says in one case, Walters was discourteous to a deaf psychologist who was being retained to see if a deaf defendant was competent. The psychologist withdrew.