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Attorney Erik J. Askegaard named new judge in Brainerd

Erik J. Askegaard, an attorney in Brainerd, has been named to the vacant judgeship in the Ninth Judicial District, filling the spot vacated when Judge John R.

Erik J. Askegaard, an attorney in Brainerd, has been named to the vacant judgeship in the Ninth Judicial District, filling the spot vacated when Judge John R. Leitner retired in May.

Askegaard, 49, has been president of the Askegaard and Robinson law firm since 1991. Before that, he was an associate at a Moorhead firm and has clerked for a North Dakota Supreme Court justice.

A Fargo native, he grew up in Detroit Lakes and now lives in Brainerd with his wife, Joan, and their three sons.