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Dayton names Glasrud to Eighth District judgeship

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Stevens County Attorney Charles Glasrud as district court judge in Minnesota's Eighth Judicial District.

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According to a news release from the governor's office, Glasrud will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Peter A. Hoff, who retired in January. The district judgeship is chambered in the northern area of the district.

Glasrud, of Morris, also serves as city attorney for Morris and other nearby cities. His private practice, Glasrud & Economou, concentrates on family law and general litigation, and also handles civil law matters. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Kenyon College in 1977 and his juris doctorate from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1981.

The other finalists for the judgeship included Grant County Attorney Justin Anderson, Yellow Medicine County Attorney Keith Helgeson and Thomas Van Hon, an assistant public defender for the State of Minnesota Board of Public Defense.

About the appointment, Gov. Dayton said, "Mr. Glasrud's legal practice has been wide and varied, and his diverse experience makes him well-qualified to serve on the Eighth Judicial District Court. He has demonstrated a serious commitment to public service, and has deep roots in the community, which will serve him well in his new role as judge."

Minnesota's Eighth Judicial District includes the counties of Big Stone, Chippewa, Grant, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Pope, Renville, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wilkin and Yellow Medicine.

-- Staff reports

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