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Rising crime in western North Dakota is spilling into the federal courthouse in Grand Forks, adding to the workload of the U.S. magistrate judge here, according to court officials. Since September, for example, Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal has handled all the immigration proceedings from the west at the Grand Forks courthouse. Judge Ralph Erickson, chief judge of the U.S.
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.
GRAND FORKS — The new five-year, $480 billion farm bill passed by the Senate on 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 shampoo to health supplements to fibers used cars. But it hasn’t been legal to grow in the United States for decades. North Dakotans long have pushed for the crop’s production and legalized it
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota aerospace school aims to break ground this spring on a new building, with the goal of attracting businesses that want to be part of the university’s growing aerospace research and development conglomerate. Bruce Smith, dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, called it “a nice statement about the good things that have happened” at the school. Some of the new space will provide a secure area for research into unmanned aircraft systems and other projects that need security, according to state documents.
GRAND FORKS — The Federal Aviation Administration’s latest outline of how it will regulate unmanned aerial systems, including at the new federal testing site proposed at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, might not necessarily make the flowering of new unmanned flights feasible. That was one message Sen.
GRAND FORKS — The Grand Forks child care center that hired a man charged last month with sexually assaulting four children at the facility has a good record and did the proper background check before hiring the man, state officials said last week, confirming what the center’s officials said. Still, Immanuel Christian Children’s Center retained a Bismarck attorney experienced in trying civil lawsuits after its former employee Timothy Tollefson was charged Dec.
GRAND FORKS — The North Dakota Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to review its 2012 conviction of a Grafton man on an attempted murder charge, saying the district court erred in its technical interpretation of whether the needed intent to murder was present. Esteban Dominguez, then 29, was convicted in February 2012 by a jury in Grafton of attempted murder and terrorizing for threatening David Nelson Jr.
FARGO — Attorneys involved in Alfonso Rodriguez’s final appeal of his death sentence were asked by U.S.
FARGO — A Grand Forks man, who with his siblings is facing extensive drug charges, was sentenced to 10½ years in federal prison this week after he pleaded guilty to...
GRAND FORKS - Just a week before they were scheduled to go to trial, the parents of the two children killed in a 2010 Christmastime traffic accident west of Grand Forks settled a lawsuit with the truck driver, his employer and United Parcel Services. The settlement of the suit brought by Kevin Boyer Jr. and Catana Boyer against driver Steven Nelson and Simplex Leasing, both of Jamestown, and UPS was filed Tuesday in state district court in Grand Forks.