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Grand Forks attorney Henry Howe last week said he doesn’t want a certain state judge to hear the murder conspiracy case against him, and Friday that judge and 10 others...
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Sherry Midstokke, the Finley, N.D., woman charged last week with murdering her husband, applied for a public defender Monday even though she listed assets of more than $2.3 million. A judge quickly declared her indigent and ruled she should get a court-appointed attorney. The decision seems “very repugnant,” to the person in charge of appointing public defenders to cases across North Dakota. It’s all part of what legal experts say is a first of its kind in the state: a murder defendant charged with
FARGO — Sherry Midstokke told investigators she “intentionally” killed her husband in their Finley, N.D., home on Monday “by means of drugs and asphyxiation,” according to court documents filed Wednesday. The 60-year-old made an initial appearance Wednesday in state district court in Fargo, charged with murdering Lyle Midstokke, 66. If convicted she faces a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole.
The new five-year, $480 billion Farm Bill passed by the Senate Tuesday includes a tiny provision authorizing North Dakota and a few other states to grow research plots of cannabis as a farm crop. No, it’s not pot, but the version of the same cannabis species used for marijuana that is known as industrial hemp, doesn’t make you high and is used in many food and industrial products from shamp
Dwight Kalash, Grand Forks city prosecutor for 22 years and city judge in Thompson, N.D., for nearly as long, died Sunday in Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake. He was 66. “He was the most wonderful person,” said Darla Feilen, clerk of the municipal court for 25 years, half of them with Kalash. “He was very good at what he did and didn’t get overly excited if things didn’t go his way.”
More than 300 people from North Dakota's two Catholic dioceses, Fargo and Bismarck, made the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life Wednesday, said the Rev. Kurt Gunwall, who helped lead a group of 30 high school and college youth, part of about 190 from eastern North Dakota who made the trip. A bus with about 50 from the Crookston diocese, which covers northwest Minnesota, also made the trip, said Elizabeth Rzepka, youth ministry coordinator, as the bus left Washington late Wednesday afternoon. It marks the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v.
Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke abruptly announced Friday he is resigning immediately to avoid criminal prosecution over a charge involving a former romantic relationship outside his marriage. Janke made the national news as being in charge of the arrest of Lakota, N.D., farmer Rodney Brossart and several family members in 2011 over a neighbor's stray cattle Brossart refused to return.