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Chief public defender Krista Jass named judge in Mankato

Krista Jass, who’s been the chief public defender in the 5th district, has been named a district judge in Mankato by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Jass has been chief public defender in the Mankato office since 2007 and had worked in the office since 1994.

She replaces Judge Norbert Smith, who retired in September.

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