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Dayton appoints Eric P. Schieferdecker to fill Ninth Judicial District vacancy

Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Eric P. Schieferdecker as district court judge in Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District.

Schieferdecker will be replacing the Honorable Donald J. Aandal, who resigned earlier this year. The judgeship will be chambered at Warren in Marshall County.

“I am pleased to appoint Eric Schieferdecker to serve as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District,” Dayton said in a news relase. “Throughout his career, and through service to children and victims of crime, Mr. Schieferdecker has demonstrated his strong commitment to justice and to the betterment of his community. I am confident he will be an excellent judge.”

Schieferdecker is an assistant attorney general for the state of Minnesota, primarily prosecuting murder, drug, and implied consent cases in the Seventh and Ninth Judicial Districts. Previously, he was the chief assistant Beltrami County Attorney, and, prior to that, was an associate attorney at Drahos & Young in Bemidji. Schieferdecker earned his bachelor’s degree from Minot State University and his law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law.

Additionally, Schieferdecker is a Students First mentor at Bemidji High School and is a board member and vice-chair of Support Within Reach, a sexual violence resource center serving Aitkin, Beltrami, Cass, Hubbard and Itasca counties.

Schieferdecker resides in Bemidji.

Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District consists of Aitkin, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.

More information on the Commission on Judicial Selection, as well as vacancies it is currently considering, may be found at

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