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Associated Press, Published October 20 2010

Hoeven appoints Southeast District judge

BISMARCK (AP) — Gov. John Hoeven has appointed a Grand Forks attorney to fill a vacant district judgeship in New Rockford.

James Hovey is a native of the town. He'll succeed Judge James Bekken, who died in May.

Nine lawyers applied for the Southeast District judgeship. Hoeven says Hovey has a wealth of legal experience both as a litigator and as a mediator. He also says Hovey has the integrity, judicial temperament and education necessary to be an effective judge.

In addition to his legal practice, Hovey has served as city attorney for Larimore and as an instructor at the University of North Dakota Center for Legal Studies.

The Southeast Judicial District has seven judges and covers 11 counties. It includes the cities of Jamestown, Valley City and Wahpeton.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.