Appointed April 4, 1997, by Governor Arne Carlson. Elected in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2016. Current term expires Jan. 2023.
University of Minnesota Law School (J.D. cum laude 1978); Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota (B.A. magna cum laude with distinction 1974).
Judge - Ninth Judicial District (Beltrami County), 1997 - present
- Chief Judge: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2019
- Assistant Chief Judge: July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2015
Attorney - Benshoof & Klein, P.A., Bemidji, Minnesota (1978-97)
Lead Judge, Beltrami County Children’s Justice Initiative: 2004 - present
Development of Beltrami County’s Domestic Violence Court: 2013 - present
Attendee, Enhancing Skills in Domestic Violence Cases Workshop, National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence, San Francisco, California (Sponsored by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and Futures Without Violence): April 13-18, 2013
Facilitator, Enhancing Skills in Domestic Violence Cases Workshop, National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence, Santa Fe, New Mexico: December 7 – 11, 2013
Facilitator, Enhancing Skills in Domestic Violence Cases Workshop, National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence, Santa Fe, New Mexico: December 5 – 10, 2014
Judicial Leadership Summit on Domestic Violence, Palm Springs, California (Sponsored by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges): June 8 – 10, 2016
Presenter on hearing impairment in the courtroom at:
- Minnesota State Judicial System webinar, November 2016
- Minnesota Association of Court Management, October 2016
- Minnesota Association of Verbatim Reporters and Captioners, September 2012
- Minnesota District Judges Association Annual Conference, September 2012
Board Member, Minnesota District Judges Association: 2008-2010
Member, Supreme Court Sentencing Forms Subcommittee (2004)
Member, Supreme Court Parental Cooperation Task Force (1998)
Minnesota State Board of Public Defense (Vice-chair 1992-97, Member 1988-97)
Founding Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji (2003-2008).
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)
Selected to AARP Minnesota and Pollen Midwest’s 2019 50 Over 50 list, which celebrates fifty Minnesotans over the age of 50 who have made significant contributions and achievements in their communities.