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Ashli Gerdes

I’m 24 years young and the oldest of five kids in my family. I went to Apollo High School and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in broadcast journalism. When I told my parents that I wanted to be in radio, I don’t think they were surprised. My mom swears that I started talking when I was six months old and never stopped (sure I did mom). I love everything about media. For that reason, I went to school for TV journalism, worked as a news reporter for a few years and hosted weekend shows on two of our sister stations. I left radio for six short months to be the media relations specialist at College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. But, you know what they say, “you can take the girl out of radio but you can’t take radio out of the girl.” I’m back and so excited to be living out my dream every day. I have a massive crush on Billy Currington. Billy, if you see this consider it a serious marriage proposal.
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Jury Set to Begin Deliberations Tuesday in Byron Smith Murder Trial [VIDEO]

A Little Falls man charged with fatally shooting two teenagers who broke into his home has waived his right to testify at his trial in Morrison County. Judge Douglas Anderson has given the final jury instructions in the Byron Smith murder trial.

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Byron Smith Doesn’t Testify, Defense Rests Case

A Little Falls man charged with fatally shooting two teenagers who broke into his home has waived his right to testify at his trial in Morrison County. Byron Smith told Judge Douglas Anderson that he had discussed the matter with his lawyer and opted not to take the stand.

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Afternoon Update In The Byron Smith Murder Trial [VIDEO]

The 65-year-old Smith is charged with two counts of first degree premeditated murder in the shooting deaths of 18-year-old Haile Kifer Byron Smith is charged with two counts of first degree premeditated murder in the shooting deaths of 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady. The teens were shot and killed after breaking into Smith’s home on Thanksgiving Day 2012.and 17-year-old Nick Brady. The teens were shot and killed after breaking into Smith’s home on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

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UPDATE: Medical Examiner Takes The Stand In Byron Smith Murder Trial [VIDEO]

Testimony continues today (Thursday) in the Byron Smith murder trial in Little Falls. The jury in the Byron Smith murder trial was shown autopsy photos of Nick Brady and Haile Kiefer this morning (Thursday). The courtroom heard Ramsey County Medical Examiner, Kelly Mills testify about her autopsy findings.

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