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2 Moorhead men among 5 candidates for open judgeships in Minnesota’s Seventh District – InForum

2 Moorhead men among 5 candidates for open judgeships in Minnesota’s Seventh District – InForum

2 Moorhead men among 5 candidates for open judgeships in Minnesota’s Seventh District – InForum

MINNESOTA — Moorhead residents Michael Leeser and Michael Minard are among five candidates for two open seats in Minnesota’s 7th Judicial District.

The Honorable Sarah E. Hennesy was elevated to the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Honorable Greta M. Smolnisky resigned, creating the vacancies, according to a release from the Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan.

The Judicial Selection Commission announced its recommendation of five candidates to be considered for the two vacancies on Thursday, June 27, according to a release from the governor’s office.

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Contributing / Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan

According to the release, Leeser is an assistant prosecutor in the Clay County District Attorney’s Office, which prosecutes adult and juvenile criminal cases.

He previously worked as an attorney at Lies, Bullis & Hatting, an assistant attorney for the Wahpeton North Dakota City Attorney’s office, and an adjunct professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Lesser is a member of the Clay County Drug Court and Clay County Veterans Court teams, vice president of the Clay County Bar Association and a board member of the Moorhead Economic Development Authority.

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Contributing / Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan

Minard is an assistant public defender in the Seventh Judicial District Public Defender’s Office in Moorhead, where he represents low-income defendants, the release said. He was previously an assistant public defender in the Office of the Public Defender of the Third Judicial District in Faribault.

Minard is vice president of the Clay County Bar Association and volunteers for the Moorhead Youth Hockey Association.

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Contributing / Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan

Amy Chantry serves as a judicial magistrate in the Tenth Judicial District, where she presides over housing, harassment, domestic violence, minor criminal and minor civil matters, the release said. She previously served as a legal and policy advisor to the Minnesota Department of Health and a judicial clerk for the Honorable David R. Battey.

She volunteers as a high school mock trial judge and for various student activities at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School.

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Contributing / Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan

Simon George is the managing attorney for the Seventh Judicial District Public Defender’s Offices in Becker and Douglas counties, according to the release. He previously served as a part-time public defender in the 7th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office while also maintaining a private criminal defense practice.

He volunteers with Rotary International and Shriners International and was a member of the Frazee-Vergas School Board.

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Contributed/ Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan

Ole Tvedten is the head of the Criminal Division of the Stearns County Prosecutor’s Office, the statement said. He previously served as an assistant county attorney in the same office, where he was a trial prosecutor and appellate attorney.

Tvedten serves on the Stearns County Opioid Community Advisory Committee, the Minnesota State Attorneys Association Appeals Advisory Committee and the School of Justice, the Stearns County Domestic Violence Partnership, the Central Minnesota Multidisciplinary Human Trafficking Team, and of the Stearns County Substance Abuse Court Steering Committee. He also volunteers with Project Connect, judges mock trials and coaches girls’ youth sports.

The seats will be rooms in St. Cloud in Stearns County and Moorhead in Clay County.

More information can be found on the Governor’s Judicial Appointments webpage.

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