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Published December 18, 2009, 07:39 AM

ND Supreme Court lets $455K verdict stand in feud

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Supreme Court says a $455,000 verdict should stand in a long-running, bitter feud between two families in the rural northeastern communithy of Minto.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Supreme Court says a $455,000 verdict should stand in a long-running, bitter feud between two families in the rural northeastern communithy of Minto.

Mark, Melvin, Suzi and William Tibert (TY'-bert) were ordered to pay the money to William and Katherine Slominski (slo-MIN'-skee). William Tibert's share was limited to $305,000.

The Slominskis own a Minto grain elevator near the Tiberts' property. The Slominskis wanted to expand the business to handle 110-car grain trains, and they claimed the Tiberts undermined the project.

The Tiberts claimed the verdict was tainted by a juror who allegedly said the Tiberts were well-off, dangerous and "like the Mafia." The judge who handled the trial disagreed, and the Supreme Court upheld the ruling.

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