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Dayton appoints Strandlie to fill judgeship in Brainerd

Gov. Mark Dayton Friday appointed Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie to fill the 9th District judgeship of Judge Richard A. Zimmerman, who is retiring.

Christopher Strandlie
Christopher Strandlie

Gov. Mark Dayton Friday appointed Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie to fill the 9th District judgeship of Judge Richard A. Zimmerman, who is retiring.

That judgeship will be chambered in Brainerd.

The new seat in the 9th Judicial District was ordered by the Minnesota Supreme Court because of the heavy workload in the district.

Dayton also appointed Beltrami County Attorney Annie Claesson-Huseby to fill a newly created judgeship in the 9th Judicial District. The new judgeship will be located in Bemidji in Beltrami County, which is also home to 9th District Chief Judge Paul Benshoof.

"Ms. Annie P. Claesson-Huseby and Mr. Christopher J. Strandlie have distinguished records of public service, working as county attorneys in their respective communities," Dayton said in a press release announcing the appointments. "I thank Ms. Claesson-Huseby and Mr. Strandlie for their ongoing commitment to public service. Their extensive legal experience and records of community involvement will serve them well."

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Strandlie previously served as assistant Cass County attorney, an assistant 9th Judicial District public defender, a partner at Kimball and Strandlie Law Office and an alternative public defender for Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Strandlie earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth and his law degree from the University of North Dakota.

Minnesota's 9th 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.

Originally from Minnesota's Iron Range, Claesson-Huseby received her bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as her law degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

Claesson-Huseby is in her first term as Beltrami County attorney, elected in 2014.

She succeeded longtime county attorney Tim Faver, who served in the role for 25 years.

Claesson-Huseby was the former Chief Assistant Beltrami County Attorney, an assistant Beltrami County attorney. She also was a staff attorney at Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota.

Annie Claesson-Huseby
Annie Claesson-Huseby

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