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Associated Press, Published October 29 2010

Wahpeton man pleads not guilty to attempted murder

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) — A Wahpeton man charged with attempted murder after a head-on crash has pleaded not guilty.

The Daily News reports that 70-year-old Charles Mikkelson is to stand trial in February. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Authorities say Mikkelson was driving his pickup truck on state Highway 127 south of Wahpeton on Sept. 12 when he crossed the center line and hit a sport utility vehicle driven by 62-year-old Kathleen Lureen of Wahpeton.

Authorities have said she and Mikkelson had a relationship prior to the incident.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.