- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014
St. Paul woman found guilty in husband’s death

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The widow of a slain Minnesota National Guardsman was convicted Tuesday of helping plan his killing last summer.

A Ramsey County jury convicted Heather Horst, 25, of aiding and abetting first-degree murder, aiding and abetting second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit second-degree murder in the death of her husband, 26-year-old Staff Sgt. Brandon Horst, the Star Tribune reported (http://strib.mn/1ipuVwkhttp://strib.mn/1ipuVwk ).

Brandon Horst was shot once through his right eye while sleeping in his St. Paul home on Aug. 5.

Prosecutors said Heather Horst used claims of abuse to convince Aaron Allen, of South St. Paul, to shoot her husband. Allen has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

During closing arguments, assistant Ramsey County Attorney Karen Kugler told jurors that “her selfishness and her greed” led Heather Horst to manipulate Allen into carrying out the “cold-blood execution.” Horst was the sole beneficiary of her husband’s $488,000 life insurance policy, and she offered Allen $100,000 to kill her husband, Kugler said.

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Minnesota farmers make progress planting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Good weather has allowed Minnesota farmers to make rapid progress planting crops, but crops are still behind average.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Minnesota farmers had a season high of five days suitable for fieldwork last week.

Eighty-one percent of Minnesota’s expected corn acreage has been planted. That’s a jump of 28 percentage points over last week, but 11 points behind the five-year average.

There were scattered reports of corn being replanted in western Minnesota.

Soybean planting was 49 percent complete, compared with an average 67 percent. Nearly half of the spring wheat crop was planted during the week.

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