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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.

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"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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