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Chief Judge Dwayne N. Knutsen


Appointed July 30, 2010, by Governor Tim Pawlenty. Elected in 2012 and 2018. Current term expires Jan. 2025.


J.D., University of Minnesota, 1985

B.A., University of South Dakota at Vermillion, 1973


Chippewa County attorney, 1999-2010

Part-time assistant Eighth Judicial District public defender, 1995-1998

Attorney; Montevideo law firm of Prindle, Maland, Sellner, Stennes, Knutsen and Stermer; 1986-2010

Professional Memberships:

Minnesota State Bar Association

Western Minnesota Legal Services Board of Directors

Former member, Minnesota County Attorneys Association

Former member, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association

Professional and Community Activities:

Member and past president, Montevideo Kiwanis Club

First Congregational Church in Montevideo (served four terms as a trustee and two terms as a moderator)