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Judge Tamara L. Yon


Appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty on April 7, 2006. Elected in 2008, 2014, and 2020. Current term expires Jan. 2027.

Chambered in Pennington County:
Pennington County Justice Center
141 Main Ave. S.
Thief River Falls, MN  56701
(218) 684-7000

Also the sole judge serving Kittson County:
Kittson County Courthouse
410 5th Street South
Hallock, MN  56728


J.D., University of North Dakota Law School (Grand Forks), 1994
B.A., Concordia College (Moorhead), 1991


  • Judge- Ninth Judicial District, 2006-present
  • Attorney- Johannson, Rust, Yon, Stock and Rasmussen, 1994-2006
  • Chapter 7 Trustee- U.S. Department of Justice, 2003-2006

Professional Memberships:

  • Served as Ninth District Chief Judge from July 2019 to June 2023
  • Minnesota Judicial Council (July 2019–June 2023)
  • Former Board Member, Minnesota District Judges Association
  • One-Judge County Committee
  • 14th District Bar Association (former president, 2004-2005)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Former Board Member, Northwest Minnesota Legal Services, Inc.

Community Activities:

  • Moe Lutheran Church – Sunday School music leader & substitute organist
  • Former Board Member – Crookston Education Foundation
  • Former Board Member / Treasurer – Friends of the Library
  • Former Board Member – Sunrise Children’s Center

Lecturing and Teaching Experience:

Judge Yon has been an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Crookston teaching business law since 1999.