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Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson will retire April 4

Carlson is chief judge of the Minnesota Seventh Judicial District, which encompasses Becker, Clay, Otter Tail, Todd, Wadena, Stearns, Benton, Douglas, Mille Lacs and Morrison counties.

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Judge Jay Carlson as photographed in 2017. He grew up in Moorhead and lives in the Cormorant area. He was appointed to the bench in 2006.
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Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson is retiring on April 4, according to a letter he sent to Gov. Tim Walz dated Tuesday, Feb. 22.

Carlson is chief judge of the Minnesota Seventh Judicial District, which encompasses Becker, Clay, Otter Tail, Todd, Wadena, Stearns, Benton, Douglas, Mille Lacs and Morrison counties.

In his letter to Gov. Walz, Judge Carlson wrote that “I greatly appreciate having had the honor and privilege to serve the people of Minnesota as a Judge of District Court.”

His tenure, which included two terms as the Seventh Judicial District chief judge, gave him the opportunity to sit on the Judicial Council — the administrative policy-making authority for the Minnesota Judicial Branch.

“I was also able to serve as the Vice-Chair of the Judicial Council, Chairman of the Judicial Branch Strategic Planning Committee, and most recently a member of the five-judge Special Redistricting Panel following the 2020 census,” he wrote.

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He thanked Walz, and added that “in the various roles, I was able to witness firsthand the consistent support that the judiciary has received from the governor's office and the legislature. I trust that you will continue to support the work of the Minnesota Judicial Branch.”

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