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Judge Larry M. Collins

Waseca County

Waseca County Courthouse
Phone: (507) 835-0540


Appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty in 2005. Elected in 2008 and 2014. Current term expires Jan. 2021.


J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1972

B.A., University of Minnesota, 1969: Journalism, Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

International Summer School, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, 1967

Professional Experience:

Waseca County Attorney, 1978-2005
Appointed by County Commissioners: May, 1978
Elected: November, 1978
Re-elected: 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002

West Publishing Co. (Law School Division), 1976-1978

Assistant Rochester City Attorney, 1974-1976
Rochester, Minnesota

Judicial Law Clerk
Hon. O. Russell Olson and Hon. Donald Franke, 1973-1974
Rochester, Minnesota


Citizen of the Year, Waseca County News and Janesville Argus, 2007 recipient

Julius E. Gernes Public Attorney Award of Excellence, Minnesota State Bar Association: Public Law Section, 2003 recipient        

Distinguished Service Award, Region IX, Minnesota Social Service Association, 2002 recipient

Professional Boards and Memberships:

Minnesota District Judges Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Fifth District Bar Association

Judicial Activities:

“Connections” - Domestic Violence Visitation and Exchange Center, Advisory Committee, 2013-2014

Chadwick Center’s “Trauma-Informed Decision-Making” Project – Waseca, Dodge, Olmsted, and Winona Counties, 2013-2014

Steele/Waseca County Drug Court, Advisory Committee, 2013-2014

Third Judicial District Resources Workgroup, 2013-2014

Court Operations Advisory Workgroup, 2009-2014

Federal Correctional Institute – Waseca (Women’s Prison) Community Relations Board, 2006-2014

Waseca County Criminal Justice Committee, 2006-2014

Waseca County Children’s Justice Initiative, Lead Judge, 2005-2014

Past Professional Activities:

Third Judicial District Case Flow Management Committee, 2007-2009

Third Judicial District Plea Bargaining & Continuance Committee, 2008

Third Judicial District Drug Court Steering Committee, 2006-2007

Sentencing Forms Subcommittee of the Minnesota Supreme Court Planning Committee, 2004-2005

Waseca County Children’s Justice Initiative Team, 2003-2005

Waseca County Child Protection Team, 1979-2005

Third Judicial District Family Violence Task Force, 1995-1999

Waseca County Domestic Violence Team, 1993-1999

Past Community Activities:

Waseca County Emergency Management Services, Advisory Committee, 2003-2005

Waseca Area United Way, Board of Directors, 1996-1999

Blandin Community Leadership Program, 1998

Waseca Elementary School Parent, Advisory Committee, 1989-1996

LeSueur-Waseca Group Home (adolescent boys), Board of Directors, Secretary, 1978-1996

Family Focus-Waseca: Out-patient Chemical Dependency Treatment Program, Advisory Board, 1978-1996

Eustice Scholarship Committee, Multiple years

Minnesota State Bar Association Mock Trial Judge, Multiple years

Waseca Off Campus School Program, Advisory Committee, Multiple years

Waseca Youth Hockey and Soccer Coach, Multiple years