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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Rollinstone man found dead In backyard IDed

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ROLLINSTONE, Minn.  --  The man found dead in the backyard of Rollinstone home Sunday afternoon has been identified as 57-year-old Glenn Peter Brown of Winona.  The cause of Brown's death is extensive loss of blood and hypothermia, but the manner of death remains a mystery. 

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Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand says Brown was house sitting for his daughter and her boyfriend and they found his body when they returned home.  Authorities are seeking the public's help with the ongoing investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to call Winona Area Crime Stoppers (507-457-6530) and you can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward.

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The Minnesota Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a Little Falls man accused of fatally shooting two teens who broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day 2012.  Sixty-five-year old Byron Smith petitioned the state't high court to review a Morrison County judge's decision to let stand a first-degree murder indictment against him.  The Supreme Court denied Smith's petition without comment.  Smith was indicted by a grand jury in the deaths of Nicholas Brady and Haile Kifer.  His lawyers argued that prosecutors made errors and that there wasn't sufficient evidence to support the indictment.  Smith't trial is scheduled to begin next month in Little Falls.

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The end of the open enrollment period for the state's health insurance exchange is just days away, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is reminding Minnesotans who haven't yet signed up that the clock is ticking.  State Health Reform Assistance Network program director Heather Howard says MnSure, the exchange set up under the Affordable Care Act, will help many avoid becoming buried in medical bills in the event of al illness or injury.  She says nearly 485,000 are unisured in Minnesota -- about nine percent of the population.  More information can be found and Minnesotans can sign up for coverage at minn-sure-dot-org. (www.mnsure.org)

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The Golden Valley non-partisan but conservative public policy institution Center of the American Experiment is circulating a video, highlighting the exodus of Minnesotans and Minnesota companies they say is occurring because of a tax policy that is anti-business.  After the 2012 election, Rebecca and Quentin Irey chose to relocate their family and the two companies they built to Texas -- a place Rebecca says supports small business.  Center of the American Experiment analysts say between 1995 and 2010, an average of $340 million in income moved each year from Minnesota to other states, a total of more than $5 billion over 15 years.  The legislature is preparing to vote on the repeal of several of the business to business taxes enacted last year. 

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