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Assistant Chief Judge Paul T. Benshoof

Beltrami County

Beltrami County Courthouse
Phone: (218) 333-4120


Appointed April 7, 1997, by Governor Arne Carlson.  Elected in 1998, 2004, and 2010.  Current term expires Jan. 2017.


University of Minnesota Law School (J.D. cum laude 1978); Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota (B.A. magna cum laude with distinction 1974).


Member, Supreme Court Sentencing Forms Subcommittee (2004-present)

Beltrami County Lead Judge, Children's Justice Initiative (2003-present)

Member, Supreme Court Parental Cooperation Task Force (1998)

Shareholder, Benshoof & Klein, P.A., Bemidji, Minnesota (1978-97)

Minnesota State Board of Public Defense (Vice-chair 1992-97, Member 1988-97).


Bemidji Area Public Library Foundation (Chair and President 1989-93); Assistant Church Youth Director (1982-85); Board Member, Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce (1982-84); Assistant Scoutmaster (1978-82); President, Beltrami County Humane Society (1978-80); Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji (2003-present).