Leo Brisbois, a lawyer who grew up on the Iron Range and now lives in Eagan, has been appointed U.S. magistrate judge in Duluth.
He replaces Raymond Erickson, who is retiring.
The Duluth News Tribune says Brisbois is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians and “the first person of known American Indian descent to be named president of the Minnesota State Bar Association.”
The paper says Brisbois was born in Aurora and grew up in Hibbing, where he was goalie on the high school hockey team and a top cross-country runner. His undergraduate and law school degrees from Hamline University in St. Paul. He has been working at a Minneapolis law firm, but will move his family to Duluth for the new job.