Planned maintenance will take place from 10:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. on both Wednesday, June 19 and Thursday, June 20. During these times, and most court applications may be unavailable for up to 30 minutes. eFS will NOT be affected. Please plan ahead.
Judge Karen Asphaug

Appointed June 29, 1995, by Governor Arne Carlson. Elected 1996, 2002, 2008, and 2014. Current term expires Jan. 2021.


William Mitchell College of Law (J.D. cum laude 1982); University of Minnesota (B.A. 1977).


Assistant Dakota County Attorney (Criminal Division 1986-95, Juvenile Prosecution Division 1985-86, Human Services Division 1982-85).

Professional Memberships:

Dakota County Bar Association

Professional Activities:

Chair, Dakota County Task Force on Policies and Programming for Women Offenders (1991-present); State of Minnesota Advisory Task Force on the Female Offender; Supreme Court Gender Fairness Implementation Committee; Dakota County Domestic Violence Task Force; First Judicial District Domestic Violence Coordinating Council.