The Honorable Dwayne N. Knutsen has been elected as chief judge of Minnesota’s Eighth Judicial District by his fellow district court judges.

The Honorable Dwayne N. Knutsen has been elected as chief judge of Minnesota’s Eighth Judicial District by his fellow district court judges. Currently serving as assistant chief judge of the district, he will begin serving as chief judge on July 1, 2018.

Assistant Chief Judge Knutsen has served the Eighth Judicial District since July 2010. He started his career in law as a private practice attorney in 1986, and he later served as a part-time assistant public defender in the Eight Judicial District for three years. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Assistant Chief Judge Knutsen served as Chippewa County attorney.

Assistant Chief Judge Knutsen earned his juris doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1985, and his bachelor of arts degree from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion in 1973. He is chambered in the Yellow Medicine County Courthouse in Granite Falls, Minnesota.

“It is an honor to have earned the faith and support of my colleagues. I look forward to taking on the responsibilities of chief judge. We have the pleasure of serving the smallest judicial district in the state. Our District’s size allows our bench to be more collaborative, creative, and responsive to our communities’ needs.” said Assistant Chief Judge Knutsen. “I thank the outgoing chief judge, the Honorable Michael J. Thompson, for his leadership. The District will be well served by Assistant Chief Judge-Elect Stephanie L. Beckman, who I will work closely with over the next two years.”

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