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Jurisdiction: Minnesota has a district court, divided into 10 judicial districts. The chief justice of the supreme court has the power to assign judges from one district to serve in another. The constitution provides that the district court has original jurisdiction in civil and criminal cases and such appellate jurisdiction as may be prescribed by law.

Judges: Each district has three or more judges. Judges are elected by the voters of the district to six-year terms; vacancies are filled by governor’s appointment. Judges are nominated and elected without party designation. Candidates file for a specific judgeship; seat numbers are shown in parentheses on the following pages. Judges of each district elect a chief judge and assistant chief judge to exercise general administrative authority over the courts of the district.
 
Salary: $127,797 chief judges; $121,712 judges

Web site: www.courts.state.mn.us


Note: Judicial districts are comprised of whole counties.

FIRST DISTRICT

District Administrator: Gerald J. Winter
Dakota County Judicial Center, 1560 W. Hwy. 55, Hastings 55033, (651)438-4325

Judges:

Karen Asphaug (28)*, Hastings. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1977); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1982); assistant Dakota County attorney (1982–95). Appointed June 29, 1995; elected 1996, 2002.

Thomas W. Bibus (30), Red Wing. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1970); College of St. Thomas (M.B.A., 1978); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1979); assistant Dakota County attorney (1980–84); private practice (1985–95); full-time public defender, First Judicial District (1995–98); deputy chief public defender, First Judicial District (1998–2000).  Appointed July 10, 2000; elected 2002.

Timothy L. Blakely (8).  Elected 1998, 2004.

Robert F. Carolan (2), Mendota Heights. St. Mary’s College (B.A., 1967); University of Iowa (J.D., 1970); special assistant attorney general, Minnesota attorney general’s office (1970–74); assistant Dakota County attorney (1974–79); Dakota County attorney (1979–87). Appointed September 11, 1987; elected 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006.

Joseph T. Carter (32). Brandeis University (B.A., 1979); Barry University (M.A., 1980); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1983); staff attorney, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (1983–85); assistant Scott County attorney (1985–86); staff attorney, Hyatt Legal Services (1986–87); assistant public defender, Second Judicial District (1987–98); chief public defender, First Judicial District (1998–2001). Appointed February 22, 2001; elected 2002, 2006.

Terrence E. Conkel (29), Glencoe. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1973); Creighton University (J.D., 1976); private practice (1976–98). Appointed August 28, 1998; elected 2000, 2006.

Jean A. Davies (4), Chaska. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1974); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1979); assistant Carver County attorney (1980–93). Appointed February 18, 1993; elected 1994, 2000, 2006.

Kevin Eide (5).  St. Olaf College (B.S., 1975); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1979); private practice (1978–2001); lead prosecuting attorney, city of Eagan (1981–2001); assistant prosecuting attorney, city of Burnsville (1990–2001). Appointed February 15, 2001; elected 2002.

Diane M. Hanson (10), Chaska.  Kalamazoo College (B.A., 1973); University of Minnesota (J.D., cum laude, 1991); assistant Morrison County attorney (1992–96); assistant Scott County attorney (1996–2004).  Appointed March 9, 2004; elected 2006.

Carol Hooten (1), Eagan.  University of Minnesota (B.A., summa cum laude, 1973); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1978); trial attorney (1978–2002).  Elected 2002.

Philip T. Kanning (12), Shakopee.  Valparaiso University (B.S., 1968); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1974); Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (M.P.A., 1996); private practice (1974–84); Bush Leadership Fellow (1995–96); international co-director, Kosovo Judicial Institute (2003). Appointed May 5, 1984; elected 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004.

Robert R. King Jr. (13), Burnsville.  University of Minnesota (B.A., 1970); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1976); private practice (1976–84); assistant Dakota County attorney (1984–94). Appointed May 31, 1994; elected 1996, 2002.

David Knutson (6), Burnsville. St. Olaf College (B.A., 1982); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1986); private practice (1986–2004); state senator (1993–2004). Appointed June 29, 2004; elected 2006.

Assistant Chief Judge Edward I. Lynch (15), Inver Grove Heights. College of St. Thomas (B.A., 1970); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1973); private practice (1973–89). Appointed July 1, 1989; elected 1990, 1996, 2002.

Chief Judge William E. Macklin (18), Lakeville. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1968); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1975); clerk, Minnesota Supreme Court (1975–76); private practice (1976–98); state representative (1989–98). Appointed May 5, 1998; elected 2000.

Kevin Mark (33), Red Wing. Mankato State University (1975); Marquette University Law School (1979); private practice (1979–2002). Appointed January 10, 2003; elected 2004.

Michael J. Mayer (14). St. Mary’s University, Winona (B.A., cum laude, 1981); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., law review, 1985); prosecuting attorney, city of Burnsville (1986–2004); prosecuting attorney, city of Eagan (1989–2004); private practice (1985–2004). Appointed June 19, 2004, elected 2006.

Thomas G. McCarthy (17), Winthrop. University of St. Thomas (B.A., cum laude, 1971); University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1974); attorney, city of Winthrop (1974–87); private practice (1974–88); Sibley County attorney (1979–88). Appointed February 12, 1988; elected 1990, 1996, 2002. 

Timothy J. McManus (7), Mendota Heights. Drake University (B.S., B.A., 1981); Cambridge University (1984); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1985); shareholder, Larkin, Hoffman, Daly & Lindgren (1985–97). Appointed August 1, 1997, elected 1998, 2004.

Kathryn D. Messerich (20), Mendota Heights. Northern Michigan University (B.S., 1979); University of Minnesota (M.S., 1984); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1987); private practice (1987–2004). Appointed April 19, 2004; elected 2006.

Leslie M. Metzen (19), South Saint Paul. University of Minnesota (B.S., 1970); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1979).  Appointed May 7, 1986; elected 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006.

Richard C. Perkins (21), Le Sueur.  Mankato State University (B.S., 1971); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1978); private practice (1978–94).  Appointed February 24, 1994; elected 1996, 2002.

Thomas B. Poch (3), Lakeville. Macalester College (B.A., 1964); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1967); assistant Ramsey County attorney (1967–96); captain, general court-martial military judge, Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve; adjunct instructor, Naval Justice School, Army JAG School, Air Force JAG School. Appointed July 1, 1996; elected 1998, 2004. 

Michael R. Savre (26). Luther College (B.A., cum laude, 1977); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1981); private practice (1981–2004). Appointed May 28, 2004;
elected 2006.

Martha M. Simonett (9), Rosemount. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1979); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D.); private practice (1984–86). Appointed June, 1996; elected 1998, 2004.

Michael V. Sovis (22), Burnsville. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1971); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1975); private practice (1975–88). Appointed June 1, 1988; elected 1990, 1996, 2002.

Richard G. Spicer (23), Mendota Heights. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1969); University of Kentucky (J.D, 1972); private practice (1972–90). Appointed January 4, 1991; elected 1992, 1998, 2004.

Rex D. Stacey (11), Hastings. St. Cloud State University (B.S., 1976); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1982); private practice (1982–96). Appointed September 3, 1996; elected 1998, 2004.

Patrice K. Sutherland (24), Inver Grove Heights. University of Minnesota (B.S., 1976); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1980); private practice (1980–90). Appointed July 1, 1990; elected 1992, 1998, 2004.

Mary J. Theisen (31), Eagan. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1980); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1984). assistant Minnesota attorney general (1984–97); assistant Dakota County attorney (1997–2000). Appointed August 17, 2000; elected 2006.

William F. Thuet (25), Hastings. University of Minnesota Duluth (B.A., 1969); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1972). Appointed June 1, 1983; elected 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002.


SECOND DISTRICT

District Administrator: Lawrence Dease
Room 1700, Ramsey County Courthouse, St. Paul 55102, (651)266-8266

Judges:

Diane R. Alshouse (29), St. Paul. Luther College (B.A., 1970); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1984); managing attorney, Ramsey County Public Defender’s Office (1985–2005); assistant Hennepin County attorney (1997–98). Appointed September 1, 2005; elected 2006.

Robert A. Awsumb (19), St. Paul. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1982); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1986); private practice (1986–2005). Appointed October 3, 2005; elected 2006.

Gary W. Bastian (11), Maplewood. University of Wisconsin River Falls (B.S., Sociology and Political Science, 1970); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1974); private practice (1987–91); Department of Labor & Industry (1991–97); commissioner, Department of Labor & Industry (1995–97); mayor, city of Maplewood (1991–97). Appointed November 25, 1997; elected 2000, 2006.

James H. Clark Jr. (2), St. Paul. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1970); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1973); IBM Corporation (1973-79); Control Data (1979–89); private practice (1989–92). Appointed January 27, 1993; elected 1994, 2000, 2006.

Edward J. Cleary (1), St. Paul. University of Minnesota (B.A., magna cum laude, 1974); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1977); director, Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility and Client Security Board (1997–2002); private practice (1978–97); assistant public defender, Ramsey County (1980–1995).  Appointed July 1, 2002; elected 2004.

Michael Talbot DeCourcy (5), St. Paul. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1968); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1972); assistant St. Paul city attorney (1972–75); assistant public defender, Ramsey County (1975–86); private practice (1975–91). Elected 1990, 1996, 2002.

A. James Dickinson (26), St. Paul. Union College (B.A., 1962); University of Minnesota (LL.B., 1965); private practice (1966–97). Appointed April 17, 1997; elected 1998, 2004.

Marybeth Dorn (13), Shoreview. Bethel College, St. Paul (B.A., 1968); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1976); private practice (1978–87); referee, Hennepin County District Court (1987–2002). Appointed July 1, 2002; elected 2004.

Michael F. Fetsch (14), St. Paul. St. Paul Seminary (B.A., 1961); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1966); Legal Assistance of Ramsey County, Inc. (1968–73); Neighborhood Justice, Inc. (1973–75); private practice (1975–94). Appointed October 24, 1996; elected 1998, 2004.

John T. Finley (21), St. Paul. University of St. Thomas (B.A., 1962); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1969); private practice (1969–96); commissioner, Ramsey County (1970–96). Elected 1996, 2002.

Paulette K. Flynn (9), St. Paul. College of St. Catherine (B.A., 1970); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1974); assistant St. Paul city attorney (1974–84); private practice (1984–91).  Appointed September 11, 1991; elected 1992, 1998, 2004.

Assistant Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin (10), St. Paul.  College of St. Catherine (B.A. with honors, 1967); William Mitchell College of Law (1975); assistant Ramsey County attorney (1975–86). Elected 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004.

David C. Higgs (18), St. Paul. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1978); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1981); private practice (1981–2002). Appointed May 20, 2002; elected 2004.

Chief Judge Gregg E. Johnson (12), St. Paul. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1972); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1983); Metropolitan Council (1974–84); public defender, Ramsey County (1984–92). Appointed October 1, 1992; elected 1994, 2000, 2006.

William H. Leary III (27), St. Paul. University of St. Thomas (B.A., 1971); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1979); private practice (1980–2002). Appointed May 20, 2002; elected 2004.

Dale B. Lindman (7), Shoreview. University of Minnesota (B.S.B., 1967); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1972); Minnesota Air National Guard (1968–74); private practice (1972–98). Appointed October 5, 1998; elected 2000, 2006.

Margaret M. Marrinan (15), St. Paul. College of St. Catherine (B.A., 1969); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1972); private practice (1972–74); assistant Ramsey County attorney (1974–84); MSBA board of governors (1987). Elected 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002.

M. Michael Monahan (16), St. Paul. Georgetown University (A.B., 1964); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1967); U.S. Army (1967–69); private practice (1969–91). Appointed May 6, 1991; elected 1992, 1998, 2004.

J. Thomas Mott (17), St. Paul. Austin State Junior College (A.A., 1970); University of Minnesota (B.A., 1972); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1976); private practice (1976-88). Appointed March 18, 1988; elected 1990, 1996, 2002.

Rosanne Nathanson (4), St. Paul. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1968); Hamline University Law School (J.D., 1980); private practice (1980–2002). Appointed November 30, 2001; elected 2004.

Elena L. Ostby, Roseville (28). University of Minnesota (B.A., 1983); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1986); private practice (1986-2004). Appointed August 27, 2004; elected 2006.

Salvador Miguel Rosas (20), St. Paul. DePaul University (1972); University of Minnesota Law School (1976); Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (1976–81); Centro Legal Inc. (1981–84); Neighborhood Justice Center, Inc. (1984–90). Appointed October 8, 1990; elected 1992, 1998, 2004.

Joanne M. Smith (23), Vadnais Heights. University of Minnesota Duluth (B.A., 1968; M.A., 1971); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1977); assistant public defender, Ramsey County (1979–83); municipal judge (1983–86). Appointed November 10, 1983; elected 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004.

George T. Stephenson (3), Maplewood. St. Mary’s College (B.A., 1980); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1985); assistant federal defender (1988–90); private practice (1990–98); assistant St. Paul city attorney (1998–99); deputy St. Paul city attorney (1999–2001). Appointed November 30, 2001; elected 2004.  

Judith M. Tilsen (25), St. Paul. University of Minnesota (B.S., 1980); Hamline University Law School (J.D., 1989); assistant Hennepin County attorney (1990–98); public defender, Ramsey County (1998). Elected 1998, 2004.

John B. Van de North Jr. (6), St. Paul. St. John’s University (B.A., 1967); Notre Dame University (J.D., 1970); U.S. Army (1971–73); assistant attorney general (1973–75); private practice (1975–98). Appointed October 7, 1998; elected 2002.

Teresa R. Warner (22), White Bear Lake. St. Mary’s University (B.A., cum laude, 1981); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1986); private practice (1985–88); assistant Washington County attorney (1988–98). Appointed January 26, 1998; elected 2000, 2006.

Steven D. Wheeler (8), St. Paul. Macalester College (B.A., 1966); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1970); private practice (1970–91); chief judge, Workers’ Compensation Court of Appeals (1991–2002). Appointed November 30, 2001; elected 2004.  

Edward S. Wilson (24), St. Paul. Macalaster College (B.A., 1970); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1974); Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis (1974–79); Neighborhood Justice Center (1979–87). Appointed September 1, 1987; elected 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006.


THIRD DISTRICT

District Administrator: Michelle R. Ellefson
1210-1/2 N.W. 7th St., Suite 220, Rochester 55901, (507)285-7466

Judges:

Lawrence E. Agerter (1), Kasson.  Mankato State University (B.A., 1963); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1968); private practice (1968–76); Dodge County attorney (1971–76). Appointed October 15, 1976; elected 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002.

Assistant Chief Judge Robert R. Benson (19), Preston. Augsburg College (B.A., 1967); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1971); private practice (1972–96); Fillmore County attorney (1975–96). Elected 1996, 2002.

Robert Birnbaum (9), Rochester. Colby College (B.A., 1968); College of St. Thomas (M.A., 1974 & 1977); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1982); clerk for Judge Edward D. Mulally (1982); private practice (MN, 1982–89 & 1993–98; New York, 1989–93). Appointed January 30, 1998; elected 2000, 2006. 

Bernard E. Borene (2), Northfield. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1967); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1970); private practice (1971–84). Appointed April 2, 1984; elected 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004.

James E. Broberg (3), Albert Lea. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1963); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1965); assistant Freeborn County attorney (1965–68); prosecutor and corporate counsel, city of Albert Lea (1969–80); private practice (1965–97); part-time public defender (1992–97). Appointed November 7, 1997; elected 2000, 2006.

Joseph A. Bueltel (23), Owatonna. Normandale Community College (A.A., with honors, 1982); University of Minnesota (B.A., 1984); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1987); private practice (1988–94);  assistant public defender, Third Judicial District (1992–99); chief public defender, Third Judicial District (1999–2002). Appointed April 19, 2002; elected 2004.

Joseph Frederick Chase (15), Rochester. University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1979); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1974); private practice (1982–99). Appointed August 16, 1999; elected 2000, 2006.

John A. Chesterman (5), Albert Lea. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1964); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1969); private practice (1969–90); Peace Corps (1964-65). Appointed May 23, 1990; elected 1992, 1998, 2004.

Casey J. Christian (6), Owatonna. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1972); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1982); U.S. Army M.P. (1972–74); private practice (1984–90); assistant Steele County attorney (1982–90). Appointed June 18, 1990; elected 1992, 1998, 2004. 

Larry M. Collins (8), Waseca. Moorhead State University (B.A., 1964); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1968); USMC (1957–60); assistant attorney general (1968–70); private practice (1970-82). Appointed November 10, 2005.

James A. Fabian (16), Caledonia. St. Mary’s College (1977); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1980); Houston County attorney (1988–99). Appointed December 6, 1999; elected 2002.

Debra A. Jacobson (10), Rochester. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1976); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1980); assistant Olmsted County attorney (1981–93). Appointed February 18, 1992; elected 1994, 2000, 2006.

Margaret Shaw Johnson (11), Winona. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1968); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1980); general practice (1980–87). Appointed April 30, 1987; elected 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006.

Chief Judge William Andrew Johnson (12), Northfield. Michigan State University (B.A., 1967); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1972); county judge (1977–84). Appointed March 9, 1984; elected 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004.

Mary C. Leahy (7), Winona. University of Wisconsin Madison (B.A., 1984); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1990); private practice (1991–98); senior staff attorney, America Family Insurance (1998-2005). Appointed April 28, 2006.

Kevin Anthony Lund (14), Rochester. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1977); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1980); private practice (1981–2001). Appointed April 2, 2001; elected 2002.

Donald E. Rysavy (13), Austin. St. Mary’s College, Winona (B.A., 1970); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1973); private practice (1973–95). Appointed September 29, 1995; elected 1996, 2002.

Jeffrey D. Thompson (4), Winona. Carleton College (B.A., 1971); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1975); assistant Winona County attorney (1976–79 & 1986–89); private practice (1979–86); Rice County attorney (1989–99). Appointed December 31, 1998; elected 2000, 2006.

Terrence M. Walters (17). University of Minnesota (B.A.); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1976); assistant Rochester city attorney (1976–79); private practice (1979–2003); part-time public defender (1988–2003). Appointed March 7, 2003; elected 2004.

Fred W. Wellmann (18), Austin. Mankato State University (B.S., 1967); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1974); private practice (1974–75, 1980–2000); assistant county attorney (1975–78); county attorney (1978–80). Appointed November 9, 2000; elected 2002.

Joseph F. Wieners (21), Rochester. College of St. Thomas (B.A., 1969); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1973); private practice (1974–89); Dodge County attorney (1976–78, 1983–89). Appointed September 1, 1989; elected 1990, 1996, 2002.

Jodi L. Williamson (20). Rochester. Marquette University (B.A., 1980); Hamline University Law School (J.D., 1983); assistant city attorney; private practice; assistant public defender. Appointed January 2000; elected 2002.

Gerald J. Wolf (22), Faribault. Moorhead State University (B.A., 1967); University of North Dakota (J.D., 1970); U.S. Marines (1958–60); private practice; assistant county attorney (1970–74). Elected 1974, 1980, 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004.


FOURTH DISTRICT

District Administrator: Mark S. Thompson
C-1251, Government Center, Minneapolis 55487, (612)348-6000; fax (612)348-2131

Judges:

Ronald L. Abrams (62), Minnetonka. University of Minnesota (B.A., summa cum laude, 1974); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1977); private practice (1977–80); attorney and area manager, Group W. Cable Television, Minneapolis (1980–84); state representative (1989–2006). Appointed June 21, 2006.

H. Peter Albrecht (2), Minneapolis. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1967; J.D., 1971); assistant state public defender (1971–72); private practice (1972–76); municipal judge (1977–84). Appointed January 1, 1977. Elected 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004.

Stephen C. Aldrich (46), Minneapolis. Grinnell College, Iowa (1963); University of Minnesota Law School (1971); assistant counsel, Minnesota senate (1972–73); assistant St. Paul city attorney (1973–75); private practice (1975–97). Elected 1996, 2002.

Pamela Gayle Alexander (3), Minneapolis. Augsburg College; University of Minnesota Law School (1977); private practice (1977–80); assistant county attorney (1980–83); municipal judge (1983–86). Appointed February 9, 1983; elected 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002.

Ann Leslie Alton (4), Plymouth. Smith College (B.A., 1967); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1970); assistant county attorney (1970–89). Appointed July 7, 1989; elected 1990, 1996, 2002.

Thorwald H. Anderson (1). Appointed February 21, 1996; elected 1998, 2004.

Toddrick S. Barnete (28), Maple Grove. George Washington University (B.A., 1988); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1992); public defender, Hennepin County (1993–2001); senior public defense attorney, Hennepin County (2001–04); senior Hennepin County attorney (2004–06). Appointed February 6, 2006.

Patricia L. Belois (6), Minneapolis. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1967); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1970); private practice (1971–73); public defender (1971–76); district court referee (1976–87). Appointed June 16, 1987; elected 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006.

Robert A. Blaeser (25), Eden Prairie. Concordia College Moorhead (B.A., 1976); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1979); private practice (1979–95). Appointed August 21, 1995; elected 1996, 2002.

Gina M. Brandt (19), St. Bonifacius. College of St. Benedict (B.A., 1988); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1991); private practice, assistant Hutchinson city attorney (1993–95); assistant Hutchinson city attorney, chief of criminal prosecution (1995–96); assistant Carver County attorney (1996–99); private practice (1999–2006). Appointed June 9, 2006.

Tanya M. Bransford (41), Minneapolis. Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A., cum laude); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1983); associate attorney, private practice (1983–87); workers’ compensation judge, State of Minnesota (1987–89); district court referee, Hennepin County (1990–94). Appointed July 1, 1994; elected 1996, 2002.

Kevin S. Burke (8), Minneapolis. University of Minnesota (B.A., summa cum laude, 1972; J.D., 1975); assistant public defender (1975–79); private practice (1979–84). Appointed July 26, 1984; elected 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004.

Susan N. Burke (18), Minneapolis. Hanover College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1987); University of Virginia Law School (J.D., 1990); trial lawyer, civil division, U.S. Department of Justice (1992–94); U.S. Attorney’s Office, criminal division, District of Minnesota (1994–2004). Elected 2004.

Phillip D. Bush (9), Minneapolis. University of Minnesota (B.E.S., 1975); Sheffield University (M.A., 1977); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1980). Appointed July 7, 1989; elected 1990, 1996, 2002. 

Regina Chu (13), Minneapolis. University of Minnesota (B.A., cum laude, 1975); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1980); special assistant attorney general, Minnesota attorney general’s office (1981–84); private practice (1985–2002). Appointed 2002; elected 2004.

Francis J. Connolly (52), Minneapolis. Columbia College (B.A., 1980); Georgetown University (M.S., 1984); Georgetown University Law School (J.D., 1984); trial attorney, U.S. Department of Justice honors program (1984–86); private practice (1986–92); special assistant, Minneapolis city attorney (1989); private practice (1992–98). Appointed November 9, 1998; elected 2000, 2006.

Harry Seymour Crump (12), Minneapolis. University of Illinois (B.S., 1967); DePaul University (J.D., 1974); federal public defender (1974); field attorney, N.L.R.B. (1974–75); St. Paul Human and Civil Rights Department (1975–78); Legal Advice Clinics (1975–87); state administrative law judge (1978–84); commissioner, Public Utilities Commission (1984–87). Appointed December 1, 1987; elected 1990, 1996, 2002.

Margaret “Peg” Daly (31), Edina. College of St. Catherine (B.A., 1977); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1981); associate attorney, private practice (1982–85); assistant Hennepin County attorney (1988–93); court referee, Fourth Judicial District (1993–2000). Appointed December 1, 2000; elected 2002.

Mel Dickstein (21), Minneapolis. University of Minnesota (B.A., summa cum laude, 1969); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1973); assistant U.S. attorney, district of Minnesota (1974–78); private practice (1978–2002).  Appointed 2002; elected 2004.

David M. Duffy (16), Minneapolis. Villanova University (B.A., 1969; J.D., 1972); private practice (1975–77); assistant public defender, Hennepin County (1977–84); assistant public defender, Appellate Division (1984–87). Appointed August 3, 1987; elected 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006.

Mary Steenson Dufresne (11), Minneapolis. University of Wisconsin (B.S., 1967); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1979); assistant state public defender (1979–83); private practice (1983–96). Elected 1996, 2002.

Deborah Hedlund (22), Wayzata. University of Kansas (B.S., 1969); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1972); public defender (1972–73); city attorney (1974–80); municipal judge, family court (1980–87). Appointed November 1, 1980; elected 1982, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006.

John L. Holahan Jr. (36), Edina. St. Cloud State University (B.S., 1970); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1974); clerk, Hennepin County municipal court (1970–75); clerk, Hennepin County District Court (1970–75); private practice (1975–95). Appointed February 21, 1995; elected 1996, 2002.

William R. Howard (23), St. Louis Park. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1968); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1971); assistant attorney general (1971–90). Appointed July 25, 1990; elected 1992, 1998, 2004.

Marilyn Justman Kaman (24), Minneapolis. Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1970); University of Chicago (M.A., 1971); University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1978); assistant public defender (1984–90); adjunct professor, William Mitchell College of Law (1983–84); private practice (1979–82). Appointed January 12, 1990; elected 1992, 1998, 2004.

Patricia Kerr Karasov (44), Edina. University of Minnesota (B.F.A., 1974); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1983); assistant Hennepin County attorney (1985–94). Elected 1994, 2000, 2006.

Assistant Chief Judge Gary Larson (29), Deephaven. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1964; J.D., cum laude, 1967); private practice (1968–75). Appointed March 18, 1985; elected 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004.

Herbert P. Lefler III (56), Edina. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1972); John Marshall Law School, Chicago (J.D., 1975); private practice (1975–95). Appointed January 4, 1995; elected 1996, 2002.

Tony N. Leung (15), Bloomington. Yale University (B.A., political science, cum laude, 1982); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1985); private practice (1986–94). Appointed July 29, 1994; elected 1996, 2002.

Robert H. Lynn (32), Brooklyn Park. Dartmouth College (B.A., 1968); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1973); private practice (1973–75, 1985–88); county attorney (1975–85). Appointed July 15, 1988; elected 1990, 1996, 2002.

Daniel H. Mabley (35), Minneapolis. Carleton College (B.A., 1971); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1974); private practice (1974); St. Paul city attorney (1975–78); Dakota County attorney (1978–80); Hennepin County attorney (1980–92). Appointed October 13, 1992; elected 1994, 2000, 2006.

Tanja K. Manrique (40), Tonka Bay. Cornell College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1988); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1991); private practice (1991–1995); deputy chief of staff, legal counsel, Office of the Governor (1995–98). Appointed December 31, 1998; elected 2000, 2006.

George McGunnigle (14), Wayzata. Boston College (B.A., 1963); Georgetown University Law School (J.D., 1966); George Washington Law School (LL.M., 1967); prosecutor, defense counsel, appellate defense counsel, and military judge in U.S. Navy JAG Corps. (1968–71); assistant U.S. attorney (1971–72); private practice (1972–2000). Appointed 2000; elected 2002.

E. Anne McKinsey (34), Minneapolis. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1971); Washington College of Law (J.D., 1976); assistant U.S. attorney, District of Columbia (1977–82); private practice (1983–90).  Appointed August 6, 1990; elected 1992, 1998, 2004.

John Q. McShane (48), Bloomington. University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1968); St. Louis University (J.D., cum laude, 1973); clerk, U.S. District Court (1973–75); private practice (1975–98). Appointed October 7, 1998; elected 2000, 2006.

Kerry W. Meyer (5), Minneapolis. Alma College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1987); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1990); assistant Hennepin County attorney (1992–2006). Appointed August 7, 2006.

Daniel C. Moreno (20), Minneapolis. University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1986); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1990); assistant Hennepin County public defender (1991–2006). Appointed May 15, 2006.

Cara Lee T. Neville (55), St. Louis Park. William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1975); municipal court (1983).  Appointed September 1, 1983; elected 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006.

Beryl A. Nord (38), Minneapolis. Macalester College (B.A., cum laude, 1970); University of Minnesota (J.D., cum laude, 1973); assistant city attorney (1974–83); municipal judge (1983–86). Appointed April 11, 1983; elected 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002.

Jack S. Nordby (33), Plymouth.  Harvard University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1964); Harvard University Law School (LL.B., 1967); private practice (1968–95). Appointed March 3, 1995; elected 1996, 2002.

Allen Oleisky (39), Minneapolis. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1960; J.D., 1962); municipal judge (1972–74).  Appointed July 1, 1972; elected 1976, 1982, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006.

Bruce A. Peterson (50), Minneapolis. Cornell University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1972); Yale Law School (J.D., 1978); special assistant to the deputy assistant attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice (1979); assistant U.S. attorney, District of Columbia (1980); private practice (1987–99). Appointed 1999; elected 2000, 2006.

Steven A. Pihlaja (26), Minneapolis. University of Minnesota Duluth (B.A., 1969); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1973); private practice (1979–2002). Appointed 2002; elected 2004.

Charles A. Porter Jr. (42), Minneapolis. University of Minnesota Law School (1970); judge advocate, U.S. Air Force (1970-74); private practice (1974–80); municipal judge (1980–82); U.S. Navy Reserve. Appointed September 10, 1980; elected 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002.

Janet Nordell Poston (43), Minneapolis. University of Minnesota (B.S., 1971; J.D., 1983); teacher (1971–80); clerk, Hennepin County District Court (1983–96); part-time referee, Hennepin County District Court (1990-96). Elected 1996, 2002. 

Kathryn L. Quaintance (10), Minneapolis. Smith College (B.A., 1977); Rutgers Law School (J.D., 1986); private practice (1986–90); Hennepin County attorney’s office (1990–2000). Appointed December 12, 2000; elected 2002.

Jay M. Quam (27), Eden Prairie. Moorhead State University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1984); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1988); private practice (1988–2006); conciliation court judge, Hennepin County (2005–06). Appointed October 2, 2006.

Jeannice M. Reding (57). University of Wisconsin Madison (B.A., 1984); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1990); private practice (1990–97); administrative law judge, Office of Administrative Hearings (1997–99); child support magistrate, Fourth Judicial District (1999–2004); referee, Fourth Judicial District (2004–2006). Appointed January 20, 2006.

Denise D. Reilly (17), Long Lake. College of Wooster (B.A., 1975); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1983); private practice (1985–89); assistant U.S. attorney (1989–97). Appointed November 12, 1997; elected 2000, 2006.

Susan M. Robiner (30), Minneapolis. Carleton College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1981); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1985); private practice (1985–2006); adjunct professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law (2004–06). Appointed September 5, 2006.

Marilyn Brown Rosenbaum (45), Minnetonka. University of Illinois (B.S., 1966); Georgetown University Law Center (1969); civil rights (1969–72); Internal Revenue Service (1972–77); private practice (1977–92). Appointed July 21, 1992; elected 1994, 2000, 2006.

Warren Sagstuen (59), Minneapolis. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1967); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1972); private practice (1973–75); senior assistant public defender, Hennepin County (1976–2000). Appointed November 1, 2000; elected 2002.

Heidi Schellhas (7), Edina. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1975); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1980); private practice (1980–96). Appointed October 3, 1996; elected 1998, 2004.

Richard S. Scherer (37), Edina. Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A., cum laude, 1968); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1975); teacher, Robbinsdale Senior High School (1968–72); private practice (1975–94).  Appointed July 5, 1994; elected 1996, 2002.

Robert M. Small (61), Richfield. College of St. Thomas (B.A., 1971); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1975); staff attorney, office of district counsel, Veterans Administration (1975–81); assistant U.S. attorney, District of Minnesota (1981–2006). Appointed February 1, 2006.

John J. Sommerville (49), Minneapolis. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1968; J.D., 1972); Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (1972–74); private practice (1974–83); municipal judge (1983–86). Appointed November 23, 1983; elected 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004.

James T. Swenson, (58) Minneapolis. University of Minnesota (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1972); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1976); private practice (1976–95). Appointed October 16, 1995; elected 1996, 2002. 

Mark S. Wernick (41), Minneapolis. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1972); Drake University of Law (J.D., 1975); assistant Hennepin County public defender (1975–77); private practice (1977–2002). Appointed 2002; elected 2004.

Thomas W. Wexler (53), Edina. University of Minnesota (B.S., 1963); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1966); U.S. Army (1966-68); private practice (1969–90). Elected 1990, 1996, 2002.

Chief Judge Lucy Ann Wieland (54), Minneapolis. Stanford University (B.A., 1972); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1982); assistant county attorney (1982–85); private practice (1985–90). Appointed July 25, 1990; elected 1992, 1998, 2004.

Lloyd Zimmerman, Minneapolis (60). University of Illinois Chicago (B.A., 1975); New York University Law School (J.D., 1978); lawyer, Legal Aid (1978–79); senior trial attorney, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (1979–2000). Appointed January 8, 2001; elected 2002.

FIFTH DISTRICT

District Administrator: Richard H. Fasnacht
Box 3366, Mankato 56001, (507)388-5204

Judges:

Allison Krehbiel-Baskfield (3), St. Peter. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1984); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1991); private practice (1992); assistant Minneapolis city attorney (1992–95); acting deputy Minneapolis city attorney (1995); assistant Minneapolis city attorney (1995–98); assistant public defender, Fifth Judicial District (1999–2002). Appointed March 22, 2002; elected 2004.

Leland Bush, Marshall (9). Southwest Minnesota State University (1973); University of Minnesota Law School (1976); private practice (1976–2002). Appointed April 26, 2002; elected 2004.

David E. Christensen (1), Pipestone. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1972; J.D., 1968); U.S. Air Force (1962–65); private practice (1968–78). Elected 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002.

Timothy K. Connell (2), Luverne. St. John’s University (1971); William Mitchell College of Law (1976); private practice (1976–87); Rock County attorney (1976–86). Appointed June 30, 1987; elected 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006.

Jeffrey L. Flynn (4), Worthington. St. John’s University (1971); William Mitchell College of Law (1975); private practice (1975–84). Appointed June 1, 1984; elected 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004.

Bruce F. Gross (5), Windom. Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A., 1968); Hamline University (J.D., 1977); private practice (1977–89); county attorney (1979–89). Appointed July 31, 1989;
elected 1990, 1996, 2002.

Chief Judge George I. Harrelson (6), Marshall. University of Minnesota (1971); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1975); U.S. Army; private practice (1977–83); district public defender (1980–82); county attorney (1983).  Appointed May 23, 1983; elected 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002.

Kurt D. Johnson (10), New Ulm. St. Olaf College (B.A., 1979); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1983); private practice (1983–2002). Appointed June 20, 2002; elected 2004.

David W. Peterson (12), Redwood Falls. St. John’s University (B.S., 1972); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1975); assistant Polk and Lyon County attorney (1977–83); Lyon County attorney (1983–90). Appointed May 2, 1990; elected 1992, 1998, 2004.

Assistant Chief Judge Douglas L. Richards (13), Blue Earth. Hamline University (1974); William Mitchell College of Law (1978); private practice (1978); Blue Earth city attorney (1978); assistant Faribault County attorney (1990). Appointed March 6, 1995; elected 1996, 2002.

John R. Rodenberg (15), New Ulm. St. Olaf College (B.A., 1979); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1981); staff attorney, Social Security Administration (1981–82); private practice (1982–2000); assistant county attorney (1982–2000). Appointed October 27, 2000; elected 2002.

Norbert P. Smith (14), Mankato. Mankato State University (B.S., 1972); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1975); U.S. Army (1967–69); private practice (1975–92). Appointed April 10, 1992; elected 1994, 2000, 2006.

Linda S. Titus (16), Jackson. Morningside College (B.A., 1969); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1978); private practice (1978–90); assistant city attorney (1978–84); county attorney (1988–89). Appointed March 1, 1990; elected 1992, 1998, 2004.

Bradley C. Walker (11), North Mankato. Gustavus Adolphus College (1970); University of Minnesota Law School (1973); U.S. Marine Corps (1973–77); private practice (1977–98). Appointed July 15, 1998; elected 2000, 2006.

Robert D. Walker (17), Fairmont. Gustavus Adolphus College (1971); William Mitchell College of Law (1975); private practice (1975–89). Appointed April 3, 1989; elected 1990, 1996, 2002.

Todd Westphal (8). Minnesota State University Mankato (B.A., Music, 1983); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1987); private practice (1989–2005); assistant Nicollet County attorney (1989–2005). Appointed November 16, 2005.


SIXTH DISTRICT

District Administrator: Mary L. Helf
11 E. Superior St., Suite 380, Duluth 55802, (218)279-2557

Judges:

David E. Ackerson (1), Hibbing. Hibbing Community College (1969); St. Thomas College (B.A., 1971); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1976); private practice (1976–81). Appointed January 4, 1982; elected 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002.

Terrence M. Aronson (2), Virginia. St. John’s University (B.A., 1970); St. Louis University School of Law (J.D., 1973); staff attorney, Urban Coalition (1974–1976); staff counsel, Helping Industry Resolve Employment Disabilities (1976–1977); private practice (1977–1982, 1988–2001); staff attorney, Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota (1982–1988). Appointed 2002; elected 2004.

Shaun R. Floerke (8), Duluth. University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1988); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1992); prosecutor, Steele County attorney’s office (1992–1996); private practice (1992–1997); assistant St. Louis County attorney (1997–2004). Appointed July 30, 2003; elected 2006.

Eric Hylden (9). Appointed March 2, 2007.

Chief Judge James B. Florey (5), Eveleth. University of Minnesota Duluth (B.A., 1978); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1981); assistant St. Louis County attorney (1985–99). Appointed January 22, 1999; elected 2000, 2006.

David M. Johnson (4), Duluth. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1983); Notre Dame Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1993); prosecutor, U.S. Marine Corps (1993–95); prosecutor, Hennepin County attorney’s office (1996); adult felony prosecutor, St. Louis County attorney’s office (1996–2002, 2005–06). Appointed May 26, 2006.

Robert E. Macaulay (3), Cloquet. Roanoke College (B.A., 1978); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1981); assistant Carlton County attorney (1984–95). Appointed February 23, 1995; elected 1996, 2002.

Gerald C. Martin (6), Duluth. Princeton University (B.A., 1966); Yale Law School (LL.D., 1969); legal aid attorney. Appointed December 27, 1978; elected 1980, 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004.

Mark A. Munger (14), Duluth. University of Minnesota Duluth (B.A., cum laude, 1978); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1981); private practice (1981–99); Proctor city attorney (1984–98). Elected 1998, 2004.

Gary J. Pagliaccetti (7), Mountain Iron. St. John’s University (B.A., 1976); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1979); assistant county attorney (1980–83); private practice (1984–88). Appointed June 30, 1989; elected 1990, 1996, 2002.

Kenneth A. Sandvik (11), Two Harbors. University of Minnesota Duluth (B.A., 1970); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1973); private practice (1973–75, 1978–84); judicial officer (1975–78). Appointed November 16, 1984; elected 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004. 

Mark M. Starr (10), Hibbing. University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1978); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1981); clerk, Sixth Judicial District (1982–83); Matonich and Persson (1983–88); assistant St. Louis County attorney (1988–2004). Appointed March 5, 2004.

Assistant Chief Judge Heather L. Sweetland (13), Duluth. Mankato State College (B.S.T., cum laude, 1974); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1982); Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota (1982); private practice (1982–95); assistant public defender, Sixth Judicial District (1982–95). Appointed February 2, 1996; elected 1998, 2004.

Sally L. Tarnowski (12). Appointed March 1, 2007.

Dale A. Wolf (15), Wrenshall. University of Minnesota Duluth (B.A., magna cum laude, 1970); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1974); private practice (1974–78). Appointed July 19, 1982; elected 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002.  


SEVENTH DISTRICT

District Administrator: Timothy Ostby
725 Courthouse Sq., Suite 406, Box 1836, St. Cloud 56302, (320)656-3650, Fax: (320)656-3646

Judges:

Steven Anderson (26), Milaca. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1975; J.D., 1979); private practice (1979–2006). Appointed February 17, 2006.

David R. Battey (5), Alexandria. University of South Dakota (B.A., 1975); Willamette University (J.D., 1978); clerk, U.S. District Court (1978–80); private practice (1980–95). Appointed April 17, 1995; elected 1996, 2002.

Lisa Borgen (18), Moorhead. North Dakota State College of Science (L.P.N., 1982); Minnesota State University Moorhead (B.A., 1993); University of North Dakota School of Law (J.D., 1996); solo practitioner/contract attorney, Seventh Judicial District public defender’s office (1997–99); Clay County attorney (1999–2006). Appointed February 1, 2006.

Steven Cahill (27), Moorhead. Winona State College (B.A., 1972); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1976); private practice (1981–2006). Appointed February 21, 2006.

Jay Carlson (2), Long Prairie. St. John’s University (B.A., cum laude, 1976); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1979); private practice (1979–2006). Appointed August 17, 2006.

Kris Davick-Halfen (1), St. Cloud. Concordia College (B.A., 1981); University of North Dakota School of Law (J.D., 1985); assistant Wadena County attorney (1985–89); private practice (1985–86); assistant Morrison County attorney (1989–97); mediator/guardian ad litem/independent hearing officer (1998–2004); child support magistrate, Seventh Judicial District (1998–2004). Appointed September 23, 2004.

Conrad I. Freeberg (6), Little Falls. College of St. Thomas (B.A., 1968; M.A., 1970); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1980); clerk, Ramsey County Court (1977–81); private practice (1981–84); assistant St. Paul city Attorney (1982); assistant Morrison County attorney (1984–87); Morrison County attorney (1987–2006). Appointed December 15, 2006.

Frederick L. Grunke (8). Appointed Marck 8, 2007.

Mark Hansen (17), Fergus Falls. Macalester College (B.A., cum laude, 1969); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1972); clerk, Eighth Judicial District (1972–74); private practice (1974–2006). Appointed August 24, 2006.

Barbara Hanson (19), Fergus Falls. Fergus Falls Community College (A.A., 1975); Bemidji State University (B.S., 1977); University of North Dakota School of Law (J.D., 1984); assistant Otter Tail County attorney (1984–2005). Appointed May 5, 2005; elected 2006.

Elizabeth A. Hayden (7), St. Cloud. College of St. Benedict (B.A., 1968); Oklahoma City University School of Law (J.D., 1978); assistant county attorney. Appointed October 24, 1986; elected 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006.

James W. Hoolihan (21), Foley. St. John’s University (B.A., 1964); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1968); private practice, (1968–97). Appointed April 1, 1997; elected 1998, 2004.

Peter M. Irvine (3), Alexandria. Cornell College (B.A., 1968); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1976); assistant Seventh District public defender (1976–2000); private practice (1976–2000). Appointed August 2000; elected 2002.

Michael Jesse (24), Milaca. Christopher Newport College (B.A., 1983); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1985); private practice/public defender (1986–91); Benton County attorney (1991–2000). Appointed November 9, 2000; elected 2002.

Chief Judge Michael L. Kirk (9), Moorhead. University of Minnesota (B.A.,1972; J.D., 1975);
private practice (1975–78); Otter Tail County attorney (1978–89). Appointed December 1, 1989; elected 1992, 1998, 2004.

Thomas P. Knapp (11), Foley. St. John’s University (B.A., 1970); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1973); private practice in St. Cloud area (1973–95). Appointed September 25, 1995; elected 1996, 2002.

Frank J. Kundrat (4). Appointed February 20, 2007.

Vicki E. Landwehr (10), St. Cloud. St. Cloud State University (B.A., 1975); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1978); private practice (1979–93). Appointed July 28, 1993; elected 1994, 2000.

John E. (Jack) Pearson (13), Moorhead. University of Minnesota (B.S., 1963; LL.B., 1966); private practice (1966–93); special municipal judge, city of Detroit Lakes (1968–70); Becker County attorney (1971–93). Appointed January 3, 1994; elected 1996, 2002.

Skipper J. Pearson (14), Foley. St. Cloud State University (B.A., 1972); Hamline School of Law (J.D., 1977); private practice (1978–90). Appointed May 1, 1990; elected 1992, 1998, 2004.

Sally Ireland Robertson (22), Long Prairie. Denison University (B.A., 1970); Miami University (M.A., 1972); University of New Mexico (J.D., 1979); attorney, Legal Services of South Dakota (1979–81); private practice (1981–96). Appointed March 29, 1996; elected 1998, 2004.

Assistant Chief Judge Steven P. Ruble (15), Princeton. Gustavus Adolphus (B.A., 1968); Washington University (J.D., 1973); private practice (1974–86); assistant county attorney (1975–77). Appointed July 11, 1986; elected 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006.

John Scherer (25), Little Falls. St. John’s University (B.A., cum laude, 1977); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1981); private practice (1981–2002). Appointed January 3, 2003; elected 2004.

Thomas P. Schroeder (16), Detroit Lakes. College of St. Thomas (B.A., 1972); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1976); private practice (1976–86). Elected 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004.

Waldemar B. Senyk (12), Fergus Falls. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1975; J.D., 1979); assistant Otter Tail County attorney (1979–89); Otter Tail County attorney (1989–97). Appointed November 26, 1997; elected 2000, 2006.  

Galen J. Vaa (23), Fergus Falls. Moorhead State College (B.A., 1970); University of South Dakota (J.D., 1974); assistant South Dakota attorney general (1974–75); private practice (1975–2000). Appointed January 18, 2000; elected 2002.  

Paul E. Widick (20), St. Cloud. University of Kansas (B.A., 1967); University of Minnesota (M.A., 1972; Ph.D. candidate, 1973; J.D., 1980); clerk (1980–81); private practice (1981–89). Appointed November 8, 1989; elected 1992, 1998, 2004.  


EIGHTH DISTRICT

District Administrator: Timothy L. Ostby
Box 1017, Kandiyohi County Courthouse, Willmar 56201, (320)231-6570
Fax: (320)231-6577

Judges:

Bruce W. Christopherson (3), Clarkfield. University of Minnesota (B.S.B., 1961); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1967); private practice (1967–86). Appointed October 31, 1986; elected 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006.

Assistant Chief Judge Steven E. Drange (2), Litchfield. Winona State University (B.S., 1968); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1974); Meeker County attorney (1975–83); Litchfield city Attorney (1984–95); private practice (1980–95). Appointed September 1, 1995; elected 1996, 2002.
 
Peter A. Hoff (5), Breckenridge. University of Minnesota (B.S., 1963; J.D., 1967); private practice (1967–94). Appointed October 28, 1994; elected 1996, 2002.

David L. Mennis (11), Benson. South Dakota State University (B.S., 1981); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1985); private practice (1985–2000); Swift County attorney (1990–2000). Appointed June 30, 2000; elected 2002.

Chief Judge Paul A. Nelson (10). Wartburg College (B.A., 1969); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1975); private practice (1975–97). Appointed April 11, 1997; elected 1998, 2004.

Gerald J. Seibel (6), Morris. St. John’s University (B.A., 1972); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1978); private practice (1978–92). Appointed October 30, 1992; elected 1994, 2000, 2006.

Randall J. Slieter (7), Olivia. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1983); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1986); private practice (1986–94). Appointed May 20, 1994; elected 1996, 2002.

Kathryn N. Smith (1), Willmar. Iowa State University (B.S., 1972); University of Iowa (M.S., 1976); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1992); private practice (1992–1997). Appointed May 5, 1997; elected 1998, 2004.

Donald M. Spilseth (8), Willmar. Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A., 1974); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1977); private practice (1978–93). Appointed July 15, 1993; elected 1994, 2000, 2006.

Jon Stafsholt (9), Glenwood. California Lutheran University (A.A.); University of Missouri (B.A.; B.J.); University of Minnesota (J.D.); private practice (1972–83); Grant County attorney (1979–83). Appointed June 20, 1983; elected 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002.

Michael J. Thompson (4), Willmar. University of Montana (B.A., 1976); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1980); private practice (1981–86); assistant Meeker County attorney (1986–90); Meeker County attorney (1990–2005). Appointed December 6, 2005.  


NINTH DISTRICT

District Administrator: Paul W. Maatz
616 N.W. America Ave., Bemidji 56601, (218)755-4500

Judges:

Donald J. Aandal (8), Warren. Moorhead State University (B.A., 1981); University of North Dakota (J.D., 1984); private practice (1984–88); assistant county attorney (1988); public defender (1988–2000). Appointed September 5, 2000; elected 2002.

Paul T. Benshoof (16), Bemidji. Carleton College (B.A., 1974); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1978); private practice (1978–97). Appointed April 7, 1997; elected 1998, 2004.

Frederick J. Casey (2), Brainerd. Concordia College Moorhead (B.A., 1964); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1967); private practice (1967–92); assistant Crow Wing County attorney (1964–74); assistant district public defender (1978–85). Elected 1992, 1998, 2004.

Donna K. Dixon (20), Roseau. Washburn University (B.A., 1981; J.D., 1984); assistant municipal counsel and prosecutor, Olathe, Kansas (1987–94); assistant public defender, Ninth Judicial District (1997-2001); private practice (1994–2001). Appointed 2002; elected 2004.

David F. Harrington (4), Walker. Bemidji State University (B.S., 1982); University of North Dakota Law School (J.D., 1992); staff attorney, Leech Lake Criminal and Juvenile Defense Corporation (1992–94); private practice (1992–94); defense counsel, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians (2000-03); general counsel, Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians (1994–2003). Elected 2002.

John R. Hawkinson (5), Grand Rapids. University of Colorado (B.A., 1971); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1975); private practice (1975–92). Elected 1992, 1998, 2004.

Michael J. Kraker (11), Mahnomen. St. John’s University (B.A., 1969); University of Minnesota Law School (1974); Mahnomen County attorney (1975–89). Appointed June 1989; elected 1990, 1996, 2002.

Lois J. Lang (12), Grand Rapids. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1976; J.D., cum laude, 1979); private practice (1979–94). Appointed June 3, 1994; elected 1996, 2002. 

Charles H. LeDuc II (6), International Falls. University of North Dakota (BSPA, 1975; J.D., 1979); private practice (1979–99); assistant public defender, Ninth Judicial District (1978–97). Appointed November 15, 1999; elected 2002.

John R. Leitner (13), Brainerd. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1971); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1975); private practice (1975–78); Aitkin County attorney (1979–92). Appointed August 1, 1992; elected 1994, 2000, 2006.

Kurt J. Marben (22), Thief River Falls. Bemidji State University (B.S., 1974); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1977); private practice (1977–2000). Appointed September 11, 2000; elected 2002.

Assistant Chief Judge Jon A. Maturi (9), Grand Rapids. University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1969); DePaul Law School (1977); private practice and assistant public defender (1977–96). Appointed July 1, 1996; elected 1998, 2004.

John G. Melbye (7), Bemidji.  University of Minnesota (B.A., 1992); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1995); clerk, Ninth Judicial District (2002–06, 1995–96).  Elected 2006.

Paul E. Rasmussen (17), Bagley. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1981; J.D., 1984); private practice (1984–92); assistant county attorney, county attorney (1988–92). Elected 1992, 1998, 2004.

Jeffrey S. Remick (18), Crookston. Concordia College Moorhead (B.A., 1985); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1989); private practice (1989–2006). Appointed 2006.

Shari R. Schluchter (1), Bemidji. University of North Dakota (B.S., 1982; J.D., 1985); private practice (1985–95); assistant Beltrami County attorney (1985–90); chief assistant Beltrami County attorney (1990–2005). Appointed 2005; elected 2006.

Chief Judge John P. Smith (19), Walker. Concordia College Moorhead (B.A., 1971); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1975); Emory University (LL.M., 1987); private practice (1976–91). Appointed September 16, 1991; elected 1992, 1998, 2004.

John R. Solien (3), Aitkin. University of Minnesota Duluth (B.A., 1975); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1979); assistant Aitkin County attorney (1980–85); private practice (1985–94). Appointed September 23, 1994; elected 1996, 2002.

David J. Ten Eyck (21), Brainerd. Grinnell College (B.A., 1976); California Western School of Law (J.D., 1980); Legal Services, public defense, and private practice (1982–99); city attorney/prosecutor (1991–99); state senator (1996–99). Appointed October 1999; elected 2002.

Tamara L. Yon (15), Crookston. Concordia College Moorhead (B.A., 1991); University of North Dakota Law School (J.D., 1994); private practice (1994–2006). Appointed 2006.

Richard Zimmerman (10), Brainerd. St. Cloud State University (B.S., 1973); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1980); private practice (1980–97). Appointed November 5, 1997; elected 2000, 2006.

TENTH DISTRICT

District Administrator: vacant
Anoka County Courthouse, 325 E. Main St., Anoka 55303, (763)422-7475

Judges:

P. Hunter Anderson (2), Cambridge. University of Minnesota Duluth (1964); William Mitchell College of Law (1969); private practice (1970–86). Appointed January 15, 1986; elected 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006.

Thomas G. Armstrong (3), Oakdale. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1967; J.D., 1970); U.S. Army JAG Corps (1971–74); U.S. Army Reserve, JAG Corps (1974–98); private practice (1974–80); mayor, Lake Elmo (1977–80).  Elected 1980, 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004.

Stephen J. Askew (4), Coon Rapids. St. John’s University (1966); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1969); U.S. Army (1969–71); administration, Anoka County (1971–75); county attorneys’ council (1975–80); special assistant attorney general (1980–83). Appointed November 21, 1983; elected 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004.

Assistant Chief Judge Timothy R. Bloomquist (6), Cambridge. Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A., 1969); University of Denver College of Law (J.D., 1972); private practice (1972–91); part-time assistant district public defender (1976–91). Appointed November 15, 1991; elected 1994, 2000, 2006.

James E. Dehn (10), Cambridge. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1971); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1975); special assistant attorney general (1976–78); assistant county attorney (1979); private practice (1980–87).  Appointed June 26, 1987; elected 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006.

David E. Doyscher (12), Forest Lake. Maryville College (B.A., 1961); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1971); U.S. Army (1961–64); private practice (1971–86). Appointed February 3, 1986; elected 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006.

B. William Ekstrum (24), Blaine. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1971); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1979); private practice (1980–2005). Appointed December 13, 2005.

Tammi A. Fredrickson (22), Coon Rapids. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1987); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1992); private practice (1992–95); assistant Coon Rapids city attorney (1995–2005); Coon Rapids city attorney (2005–06). Appointed September 13, 2006.

Gregory G. Galler (38), Lake Elmo. Western Illinois University (B.A., 1983; M.A., 1985); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1987); private practice (1988–2001). Appointed, January 4, 2001; elected 2002.

Sean C. Gibbs (25), Andover. Mercyhurst College (B.A., 1989); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1992); private practice (1992–93); assistant Coon Rapids city attorney (1994–95); assistant Anoka County attorney, criminal division (1995–2005). Appointed March 7, 2005; elected 2006.

Sharon L. Hall (17), Coon Rapids. College of St. Benedict (B.A., 1976); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1979); public defender (1983–86); private practice (1986–93). Appointed July 23, 1993; elected 1994, 2000, 2006.

Stephen M. Halsey (20). St. Cloud State College (1973); William Mitchell (J.D., 1978). Appointed May 24, 2002; elected 2004.

Karla F. Hancock (9). University of Minnesota (B.S.,  1970); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1980); private practice (1981–84); assistant St. Paul city attorney (1984–87); senior assistant Hennepin County attorney (1987–2000). Appointed April 2, 2001; elected 2002.

Mary E. Hannon (41). College of St. Thomas (B.A., magna cum laude, 1982); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1986); assistant Hennepin County attorney (1987–2002). Appointed August 26, 2002; elected 2004.

Thomas D. Hayes (34), Big Lake. Concordia College Moorhead (B.A., 1973); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1976); law department, Lutheran Brotherhood; private practice (1977–90); assistant public defender (1988–90); Sherburne County attorney (1991–95). Appointed September 29, 1995; elected 1996, 2002.

John C. Hoffman (31), Princeton. University of Minnesota (B.S., with distinction, 1973); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1982); private practice (1982–85); Mille Lacs county attorney (1985–92); private practice (1992–97). Appointed September 16, 1997; elected 1998, 2004.

Jenny Walker Jasper (30), Andover. University of Wisconsin LaCrosse (1984); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1987); assistant public defender, private practice (1987–94); chief public defender, Tenth Judicial District (1992–99); private practice (1999–2001). Appointed November 7, 2001; elected 2004.

Jonathan N. Jasper (43), Andover. Hamline University (B.A., 1984); Cornell Law School (J.D., 1987); private practice (1987–2005). Appointed October 20, 2005.

Kim Robert Johnson (18), Buffalo. St. John’s University (B.A., 1963); University of Minnesota Law School (LL.B., 1966); U.S. Army (1966–68); private practice (1968–83). Appointed September 1, 1983; elected 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002.

Lawrence R. Johnson (15). Drake University (1966-67); Rochester State Jr. College (1967–68); University of Minnesota (B.A., 1970; J.D., magna cum laude, 1975); private practice (1975–2001). Appointed April 2, 2001; elected 2002.

Kenneth L. Jorgensen (21), West Lakeland. Mankato State University (B.S., cum laude, 1981); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1984); Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility (1984–2005; director, 2002–05).  Appointed  December 29, 2005.

Daniel M. Kammeyer (19), Coon Rapids. St. John’s University (B.A., 1960); University of Minnesota Law School (LL.B., 1964); assistant county attorney (1968–79); county judge (1979–82). Appointed July, 1979; elected 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002.

Michelle A. Tonelli Larkin (42), Andover. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1988); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1992); assistant Hennepin County public defender (1992–2005). Appointed January 10, 2005.

Nancy J. Logering (14). Brainerd Community College (A.A., 1979); College of St. Benedict (B.A., 1981); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1985); private practice (1985–87); Renville County attorney office (1985–87); Sherburne County attorney office (1987–2000). Appointed August 9, 2000; elected 2002.

Ellen L. Maas (35), Birchwood. Drake University (B.A., 1978); University of Iowa Law School (J.D., with distinction, 1981); clerk, Minnesota Supreme Court (1981–82); private practice (1982–95). Appointed January 13, 1995; elected 1996, 2002.

Elizabeth Hoene Martin (13), Stillwater. University of Minnesota Duluth (B.S., 1970); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1980); private practice (1980–98). Appointed August 27, 1998; elected 2000, 2006.

Krista K. Martin (29). University of Minnesota (B.A., magna cum laude, 1987; J.D., cum laude, 1990); private practice (1990–91); managing and staff attorney, Legal Aid Service Northeastern Minnesota (1991–95); private practice (1995–97); assistant public defender part-time, Tenth Judicial District (1997–2001). Appointed November 16, 2001; elected 2004.

John R. McBride (8). University of Missouri (B.S., 1975); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1977); private practice (1978–2003). Appointed January 31, 2003; elected 2004.

Douglas B. Meslow (15), White Bear Lake. St. Olaf College (B.A., 1981); University of Minnesota School of Law (J.D., 1984); private practice (1984–2006); state representative (2002–2006). Appointed September 13, 2006.

Susan R. Miles (1), Lake Saint Croix Beach. University of Maryland (B.S., 1975); Catholic University of America (J.D., 1978); legal services (1978–82); special assistant attorney general (1982–85); Colorado attorney general’s office (1985); private practice (1986–96). Elected 1996, 2002.

Dale E. Mossey (23), Clearwater. Grinnell College (B.A., 1968); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1973); private practice (1973–88). Appointed July 1, 1988; elected 1990, 1996, 2002.

Kathleen A. Mottl (11). University of Minnesota (B.S., 1987); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1989); private practice (1989–91); assistant Wright County attorney (1991–2005). Appointed March 7, 2005; elected 2006.

Alan F. Pendleton (36), Ramsey. Bemidji State University (B.S., 1977); Drake University School of Law (J.D., 1980); assistant Winona County attorney (1981–84); private practice (1986–88); assistant Anoka County attorney (1984–86, 1988–99). Appointed November 10, 1999; elected 2002.

Robert G. Rancourt (40). University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fl (B.A., president’s honor roll, 1973); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1976); banking (1976–79); private practice (1979–2002). Appointed February 8, 2002; elected 2004.

James T. Reuter (37), Wyoming. St. Cloud State University (B.S., 1973); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1980); clerk, Ramsey County attorney’s office (1978–81); assistant Chisago County attorney (1981–85); Chisago County attorney (1985–2000). Appointed August 2000; elected 2002.

Michael Joseph Roith (27), Fridley. St. Thomas College (B.A., 1968); Aquinas Institute of Theology (M.A., 1972); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1977); assistant county attorney. Appointed October 12, 1984; elected 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004.

Chief Judge Gary R. Schurrer (28), Stillwater. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1975); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., 1977); private practice and part-time assistant district public defender (1978–90). Appointed December 14, 1990; elected 1992, 1998, 2004.

Barry A. Sullivan (26), Coon Rapids. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1980); Hamline University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1983); private practice (1983–2006); assistant city attorney for Andover, Anoka, and Lino Lakes, 1988–2006). Appointed September 13, 2006.

Douglas G. Swenson (16), Forest Lake. Gustavus Adolphus College (B.S., 1967); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1971); private practice (1971–75); assistant Washington County attorney (1975–98). Appointed January 16, 1998; elected 2000, 2006.

Robert B. Varco (39). University of Minnesota (B.A.,  1970); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1974); attorney general’s office (1974–75); part-time public defender, Tenth Judicial District; private practice (1981–2000). Appointed December 27, 2000; elected 2002.

Donald J. Venne (32), Coon Rapids. St. John’s University (B.S., 1970); St. Thomas College (M.A., 1972); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1979); private practice. Appointed June 24, 1986; elected 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006.

Mary Yunker (33). University of Minnesota (B.A.S., 1977); Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1980); staff attorney, Civil Aeronautics Board (1980–82); clerk, Ninth Judicial District (1982–84); assistant Mankato city attorney (1984–85); assistant Scott County attorney (1985); assistant Stearns County attorney (1986–2003); chief deputy Sherburne County attorney (2003–04). Appointed October 1, 2004; elected 2006.

*Seat number shown in parentheses.

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