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Judge Karen Asphaug

Dakota County

Dakota County Courthouse
Phone: (651) 438-8100


Appointed June 16, 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.