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Judge Michael S. Jesse

Benton County

Benton County Courthouse
Phone: (320) 968-5205


Appointed by Governor Jesse Ventura in 2000. Elected in 2002, 2008, and 2014. Current term expires Jan. 2021.


J.D., Hamline University School of Law, 1985
B.A., Christopher Newport College (Newport News, Virginia), 1983


Benton County Attorney- 1991-2000
Assistant Public Defender- Seventh Judicial District, 1986-1991
Attorney and Partner- Curott and Jesse, 1986-1991

Professional Memberships:

Past President of Board of Directors- Minnesota County Attorneys Association
Past Board of Directors- Central Minnesota Major Crimes Investigation Unit
Minnesota County Attorneys Educational Foundation
Past Member of the Benton County Family Violence Council
Minnesota State Bar Association
Stearns/Benton Bar Association
Minnesota District Judges Association

Military Service:

U.S. Air Force, 1977-1983