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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: First-degree murder indictment in Montgomery shooting

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(LeCenter, MN) -- A Le Sueur County grand jury has indicted a Montgomery teen of first-degree murder in the killing of his father.

Eighteen-year-old Jonas Nelson was originally charged with second-degree murder in the January 6th shooting death of 47-year-old Richard Nelson. Jonas admitted to police that he shot his father in the head while he slept because he was tired of the way he was being treated. Prosecutors will now seek a life sentence without parole for Nelson. He remains in custody and his next court hearing is July 15th.

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Authorities have identified the man who died after falling through the ice on a Burnsville pond. The Dakota County Sheriff's Office says 43-year-old Brett Stroud was walking on the ice on Sunset Pond Monday when a passing driver saw him go under. The fire department pulled Stroud from the water and he was rushed to the hospital - but died last night. Chief Deputy Tim Leslie says it's a good reminder to everyone to stay off the ice this time of year.

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It's National Walking Day, and a proposal at the Minnesota Legislature would ensure more students have safe routes to walk to school. The Safe Routes to School plan for the state is patterned after a federal program, which Senator Melisa Franzen of Edina says has brought some progress but continually falls far short of the need. She says last federal funding cycle they received 63 applications from localities requesting $15 million, and only had $6.7 million. She says there's a need for the state to be part of the solution. The American Heart Association is behind National Walking Day, which encourages all Americans to take at least 30 minutes today to get up and walk, taking steps toward a healthier life.

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Minnesota families with kids who suffer from seizures might soon be able to find medical marijuana treatment just across the border. The Wisconsin State Senate unanimously passed a bill that would legalize the use of the marijuana compound cannabidiol  or CBD for children with epilepsy. The measure is on its way to Governor Walker after passage last week in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Governor Dayton proposed a study of the therapeutic uses of CBD as a compromise to Minnesota's medical marijuana bill, but advocates say it will take years before patients here have legal access. At least one Minnesota mom moved with her daughter to Colorado for a marijuana oil that she claims reduces the girl's seizures by 80 percent.

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Minnesota State University Moorhead is continuing the search for its 11th president to take over when Edna Szymanksi retires at the end of June. Three candidates are in the running, including MSU-Moorhead provost and senior vice president for academic affairs Anne Blackhurst. Student Beau Cummings was among those who attended a forum to learn more about the university's possible president. He says considering the fact that I will be under this president's leadership for the next two-to-three years it's very important to me to understand who is being brought in. Blackhurst says she's aware of the challenges the university faces due to declining enrollment, budget and layoffs. She says she would like to boost enrollment from 6,000 to 7,500 students. The other two candidates, Sam Minner and Carlos Vargas-Aburto, who are college or university administrators in Virginia and Pennsylvania, will also be on campus this week taking part in forums with faculty, staff, students and the public. A selection is expected to be made April 23rd.     

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