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Emily Welker, Published January 18 2013

Norberg divorce trial not yet at end

FARGO – The divorce trial between a Fargo surgeon and his wife who accused him of drugging and raping her did not end this week as planned.

A divorce attorney for Alonna Norberg said the trial will take two days longer than originally anticipated. Court clerks said the dates of that trial extension have yet to be set.

Jon Norberg was acquitted in November by a Cass County District Court jury of felony charges of gross sexual imposition and reckless endangerment stemming from Alonna Norberg’s allegations that her husband drugged her against her will with the sedative propofol and then had sex with her.

The defense in the criminal case argued that Alonna Norberg, who is also a physician, accused her husband of rape in hopes of gaining custody of the couple’s children.

Both parents are seeking legal and physical custody and primary residential responsibility of the children. The divorce trial will also split up the Norbergs’ considerable assets, including homes in Fargo and Florida, business interests valued at as much as $1.1 million, more than $300,000 in personal property and more than $660,000 in financial assets.

Alonna Norberg’s attorney, Patti Jensen, said the delay was due in part to extra time needed to sort through the financial elements of the divorce case.

Judge Steven Marquart is expected to take the case under advisement after the conclusion of the trial and issue a ruling at a later date.

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