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Clay County judge to resign

Judge Amber Gustafson was appointed as a Seventh District judge in Minnesota by then-Gov. Mark Dayton in April 2018.

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Judge Amber B. Gustafson
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MOORHEAD — A Clay County judge plans to resign, according to a news release issued Tuesday, Jan. 18.

The Commission on Judicial Selection announced Judge Amber Gustafson’s resignation, along with the retirement of Stearns County Judge Kris Davick-Halfen. Both announced in December they would leave their positions Feb. 4 and May 13, respectively.

Gustafson was appointed as a Seventh District judge in Minnesota by then-Gov. Mark Dayton in April 2018. She won her first election in 2020.

Her term expires in January 2027.

Davick-Halfen was appointed in November 2004 by then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty and won three elections. Her term expires in January 2025.

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The news release said it will accept applications for the two vacancies until 4 p.m. Feb. 8. Applications for the judgeships can be sent to Judicial.Selection@state.mn.us and should be addressed to Chair of the Commission, Ms. Erin Sindberg Porter.

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April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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