- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Minnesota State players refuse to practice

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - Football players at Minnesota State, Mankato, refused to practice for their former head coach on Wednesday, greeting his reinstatement by an arbitrator by demanding that the interim coach keep the top job.

Todd Hoffner returned to campus for the first time since the arbitrator ruled he was fired unfairly last year in the wake of a child porn investigation that ultimately cleared him.

Mavericks players came out for spring practice Wednesday afternoon but were not in uniform, The Free Press of Mankato reported. They read a statement saying they were unanimous in wanting Aaron Keen to remain as head coach.

“We’ve all become outstanding community members, students and athletes in the last year and a half since the removal of Todd Hoffner,” said the statement, which junior safety Sam Thompson read aloud. “Throughout this process, we have been silent. It is time our voice is heard.”

Thompson said the players “want answers, because this is our team,” according to the MSU Reporter, a student publication.

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Son admits hosting party that led to teen’s death

MADISON, Minn. (AP) - A 19-year-old man has admitted that he and his father hosted an underage drinking party attended by a high school athlete from Dawson who was later found dead of hypothermia.

Erik Hastad pleaded guilty in La qui Parle (lak kwih PAR’-uhl) County Court to violating the county’s social host ordinance and contributing to the delinquency of a child.

Hastad’s father, Gary, was in court Wednesday for a hearing and has yet to enter a plea.

Gary Hastad’s attorney tells the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1pbontuhttp://strib.mn/1pbontu ) that if the older Hastad takes his case to trial, he may hear his son testify against him.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Anyasike (an-ah-SEE’-kay) was reported missing after fleeing from the party last month as authorities arrived. His body was found about a mile from the Madison area farm where the party was held.

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Jury picked to hear Little Falls murder case

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