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Two judges named for Eighth District

WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County Attorney Jenna Fischer and Willmar attorney Rodney Hanson were appointed as District Court judges to the Eighth Judicial District

The appointments were announced Tuesday by Gov. Mark Dayton.

Fischer will replace Kathryn N. Smith and Hanson will replace Jon Stafsholt, who both retired earlier this year.

Fischer, who was elected as Kandiyohi County attorney in 2010, will be chambered in Willmar. Hanson will be chambered at Glenwood in Pope County.

Prior to being elected as the Kandiyohi County attorney, Fischer was a partner at Jones & Fischer and, prior to that, served as an assistant public defender for the Eighth Judicial District. She earned her bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University and her law degree with honors from William Mitchell College of Law.

Hanson is a partner with Anderson, Larson, Hanson & Saunders, where he practices primarily in civil litigation. He has maintained a local practice in Willmar since 1985 and is a qualified neutral arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

He earned his bachelor's degree with honors from Concordia College and his law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law.

Minnesota's Eighth Judicial District consists of Big Stone, Chippewa, Grant, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Meeker, Pope, Renville, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wilkin and Yellow Medicine counties.

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