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Attorney Erik Askegaard smiled after Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed him to a Ninth Judicial District judgeship Oct. 19 during a news conference at the Crow Wing County Judicial Center in Brainerd. Askegaard will be sworn in Jan. 1 to replace retiring Judge John Leitner, who retired in May.

Detroit Lakes native appointed as 9th District Court judge

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Though he's only an occasional visitor now, Erik Askegaard has very fond memories of the community that he still considers his hometown.

"My family moved to Detroit Lakes when I was 3 years old," says Askegaard, 49, a longtime Brainerd attorney who will become Crow Wing County's newest district court judge on Jan. 4.

"It's a town I still miss very much. It was a wonderful place to be a kid in the 1970s."

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
(218) 844-1454
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