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FINLEY, N.D. — A judge Wednesday ordered mental health evaluations for Sherry Midstokke, who is charged with murdering her husband of 40 years in their Finley home Feb.
GRAND FORKS — The two meth labs found in separate investigations last week, one in Grand Forks, one in East Grand Forks, Minn., are the first seen in a while in the community. “In Grand Forks, it’s probably four or five years ago since we have had a meth lab case,” said police Lt.
GRAND FORKS — A judge Monday sentenced a man to 30 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in a Grand Forks hotel after being her counselor at a summer church camp in Belcourt. Sean Kovalevich, 28, had asked for a 10-year sentence with five years suspended. His attorney, Kiara Kraus-Parr, reminded state District Judge Sonja Clapp that Kovalevich’s victim, in a written statement to the court, said she didn’t want him to go to prison at all. Kovalevich has no prior criminal history and used no violence or threats against the victim, Kraus-Parr said. “Mr.
GRAND FORKS — 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 made it clear they don’t want to hear it, either. A long-time criminal defense attorney, Howe, 72, is charged with conspiring to kill a witness in a drug case. All six judges in North Dakota’s northeast judicial district, which includes Walsh County and nine other counties, notified state Supreme Court officials they were recusing themselves from Howe’s case. Howe last week asked that one of them, Judge Richard
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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.
FINLEY, N.D. — An alleged murder has shaken this town of 445, so small that there is no jail to house the suspect, the suspect is Facebook friends with the sheriff and the editor of the local newspaper struggles to write a crime story involving those she and all her readers know personally. The accused is Sherry Midstokke, who turned 61 in the jail in Fargo on Saturday. The victim is her husband, Lyle Midstokke, 66, found dead of asphyxiation on the floor of their bedroom after she called 911 on Feb. 3.
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 in 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
GRAND FORKS — The North Dakota Supreme Court, in an emergency action Friday afternoon, suspended the law license of Henry Howe because of the murder conspiracy charge he is facing in Walsh County. Howe, who has had a law license in North Dakota for 40 years and lived and practiced in Grand Forks since 1980 as a criminal defense attorney, was arrested Thursday morning in Grafton as he arrived to represent a client in a felony drug case in state district court. Howe was charged Thursday with conspiring with two convicted drug felons, and a fourth man working as an undercover informant for law