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Former Ninth Judicial District Judge Terrance Holter is challenging incumbent Judge Paul Rasmussen, who is based in Clearwater County. Holter served as a judge in Beltrami County for 27 years, but was defeated in the 2006 election.

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Rasmussen was elected Ninth Judicial District judge in 1993.

He is a graduate of Bagley High School, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1981 and a law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1984.

Rasmussen served as a lawyer in private practice from 1984-1992, assistant Beltrami County attorney from 1987 to 1990, Clearwater County attorney from 1991 to 1992 before being elected as district judge.

Holter is a retired judge and Bemidji resident. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bemidji State University and a law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law.

In addition to his career as a judge, he also served as a practicing attorney.

The candidates responded to the following questions:

E Rasmussen

Why are you running for the judgeship?

"I am running for re-election for the Ninth Judicial District Court judgeship in Clearwater County because I still have a passion for the job and a desire to make a difference. I was elected as a judge, not appointed, and I have a strong commitment to public service and a deep appreciation of the responsibilities that I have as a judge. As a public servant, I have an obligation to give my very best each and every day, and I will serve as a judge only as long I can fulfill that obligation."

How do you study cases?

"I approach each case as if it were the most important case I will ever decide, and I work hard to be fully prepared for every hearing and trial. Every case deserves thoughtful consideration, and I take the time to make sure I understand the law and the evidence before making a decision. All persons are treated with dignity and respect in my courtroom, and my goal in every case is that all parties will leave the courtroom feeling that they were listened to and that they were treated fairly."

What qualities do you bring to the judgeship?

"I bring a solid work ethic, patience and an even temperament to the judgeship. At age 52, I still have a passion for the work and the energy to meet the demands of the job for another six year term. I have support in the legal community, receiving a majority of the votes in a straw poll of members of the Beltrami County Bar Association. I have also been endorsed by the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota. In addition to handling my normal judicial duties, I have been active in numerous efforts to improve the functioning of our court system and since 1997 have written a monthly newspaper column which is distributed throughout the Ninth Judicial District."

What are your specialties?

"Our district courts are a court of general jurisdiction, which means that we do not specialize in any case type. District judges in Minnesota handle everything from speeding tickets to murder cases, and from small claims court to million dollar personal injury litigation. I have, however, special interest and concern regarding criminal law and cases involving children. In criminal law, one of our biggest struggles is to resolve cases in a timely fashion. Justice delayed usually is justice denied, and I work very hard to process our criminal cases to achieve prompt justice and hold offenders accountable."

E Holter

Why are you running for the judgeship?

"I was a long-time district court judge. I enjoyed the position and would like to perform the duties again. Numerous people from Beltrami, Clearwater and Hubbard counties encouraged me to run for this judicial seat. Those factors made my decision a very easy one."

How do you study cases?

"I draw on the legal arguments of the participating attorneys. I solicit research from my law clerk. I draw on that information to further analyze the material to make a decision.

What qualities do you bring to the judgeship?

"I am fair, impartial and even-tempered. In my decisions, I take into consideration all competing viewpoints."

What are your specialties?

"The position of district judge is not conducive to legal specialties. We hear all varieties of legal issues."

Former Ninth Judicial District Judge Terrance Holter is challenging incumbent Judge Paul Rasmussen, who is based in Clearwater County. Holter served as a judge in Beltrami County for 27 years, but was defeated in the 2006 election.

Rasmussen was elected Ninth Judicial District judge in 1993.

He is a graduate of Bagley High School, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1981 and a law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1984.

Rasmussen served as a lawyer in private practice from 1984-1992, assistant Beltrami County attorney from 1987 to 1990, Clearwater County attorney from 1991 to 1992 before being elected as district judge.

Holter is a retired judge and Bemidji resident. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bemidji State University and a law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law.

In addition to his career as a judge, he also served as a practicing attorney.

The candidates responded to the following questions:

- Rasmussen

Why are you running for the judgeship?

"I am running for re-election for the Ninth Judicial District Court judgeship in Clearwater County because I still have a passion for the job and a desire to make a difference. I was elected as a judge, not appointed, and I have a strong commitment to public service and a deep appreciation of the responsibilities that I have as a judge. As a public servant, I have an obligation to give my very best each and every day, and I will serve as a judge only as long I can fulfill that obligation."

How do you study cases?

"I approach each case as if it were the most important case I will ever decide, and I work hard to be fully prepared for every hearing and trial. Every case deserves thoughtful consideration, and I take the time to make sure I understand the law and the evidence before making a decision. All persons are treated with dignity and respect in my courtroom, and my goal in every case is that all parties will leave the courtroom feeling that they were listened to and that they were treated fairly."

What qualities do you bring to the judgeship?

"I bring a solid work ethic, patience and an even temperament to the judgeship. At age 52, I still have a passion for the work and the energy to meet the demands of the job for another six year term. I have support in the legal community, receiving a majority of the votes in a straw poll of members of the Beltrami County Bar Association. I have also been endorsed by the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota. In addition to handling my normal judicial duties, I have been active in numerous efforts to improve the functioning of our court system and since 1997 have written a monthly newspaper column which is distributed throughout the Ninth Judicial District."

What are your specialties?

"Our district courts are a court of general jurisdiction, which means that we do not specialize in any case type. District judges in Minnesota handle everything from speeding tickets to murder cases, and from small claims court to million dollar personal injury litigation. I have, however, special interest and concern regarding criminal law and cases involving children. In criminal law, one of our biggest struggles is to resolve cases in a timely fashion. Justice delayed usually is justice denied, and I work very hard to process our criminal cases to achieve prompt justice and hold offenders accountable."

- Holter

Why are you running for the judgeship?

"I was a long-time district court judge. I enjoyed the position and would like to perform the duties again. Numerous people from Beltrami, Clearwater and Hubbard counties encouraged me to run for this judicial seat. Those factors made my decision a very easy one."

How do you study cases?

"I draw on the legal arguments of the participating attorneys. I solicit research from my law clerk. I draw on that information to further analyze the material to make a decision.

What qualities do you bring to the judgeship?

"I am fair, impartial and even-tempered. In my decisions, I take into consideration all competing viewpoints."

What are your specialties?

"The position of district judge is not conducive to legal specialties. We hear all varieties of legal issues."

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