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Slieter retains judgeship in Renville County

OLIVIA -- District Judge Randall J. Slieter has retained the Eighth District judgeship in Renville County.

With 90 percent of statewide precincts reporting, Slieter received 37,491 votes, 56 percent of those cast. His challenger, Glen M. "Jake" Jacobsen, assistant county attorney for Renville County, received 28,859 votes, or 43 percent.

The Eighth Judicial District includes 13 counties in west central Minnesota who are served by 11 judges. Voters throughout the district voted for all the judges, and most of the judges serve more than one county.

Eight District judges who ran uncontested include Steven E. Drange, who is chambered in Meeker County, Michael J. Thompson in Kandiyohi County, David L. Mennis in Swift County, Jon Stafsholt in Pope County and Peter A. Hoff in Wilkin County.

Jacobsen, 50, of Bird Island, has been assistant county attorney in Ren-ville County since 2002. From 1997 to 2001, he was the chief deputy county attorney in Mower County. He served as a municipal prosecutor, an attorney hired by Twin Cities suburbs to prosecute cases, and as a private attorney from 1987 to 1997. He earned his law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in 1987.

Slieter, 47, was appointed to the bench by Gov. Arne Carlson in 1994. He's been chambered in Ren-ville County during his entire judgeship. He earned his law degree from Hamline University School of Law in 1986 and was an attorney and partner with the firm of Qualley, Boulton and Slieter, of Canby, from 1986 to 1994. Slieter's work there included a broad range of legal matters. He also prosecuted criminal cases for the city of Canby and worked part-time as a public defender.