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Judge Dwayne Knutsen retiring, applications open for vacancy in Minnesota's Eighth Judicial District

Judge Dwayne Knutsen has announced his retirement, leaving a vacancy at the Minnesota Eighth Judicial District. The seat will be in Granite Falls, the county seat of Yellow Medicine County.

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A vacancy in the Minnesota Eighth Judicial District has been announced. Stock art.

GRANITE FALLS — The Commission on Judicial Selection announced the impending retirement of Eighth Judicial District Chief Judge Dwayne Knutsen, and the upcoming vacancy that will leave on the bench in the district.

In a news release, the commission said Friday the application process has opened for those interested in the seat that will be chambered in Granite Falls in Yellow Medicine County.

Knutsen was first appointed to the bench in 2010 by Gov. Tim Pawlenty and was elected in 2012 and 2018. His current term expires in January 2025, according to his biography on the state court system website .

He had previously served as Chippewa County attorney, a public defender in the Eighth Judicial District and as a private attorney in Montevideo.

He holds a law degree from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree from the University of South Dakota at Vermillion.

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The Commission on Judicial Selection is looking for "fair, experienced and civic-minded individuals" to serve, the release said, and, per state statute, the commission will consider the qualifications of integrity, maturity, health (if job related), judicial temperament, legal knowledge, ability, experience and community service. The commission is also looking for applicants that reflect Minnesota's full diversity.

Those wanting to apply can request an application by contacting the Office of the Governor or Lieutenant Governor by email at Judicial.Selection@state.mn.us . Questions can also be sent to this email.

The application deadline is 4 p.m. Aug. 2 and applications should be addressed to the Chair of the Commission, Ms. Erin Sindberg Porter. Interviews are expected to begin in late August.

More information about the selection process can be found on the Governor and Lt. Governor's website .

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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