- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The longest-serving state judge in North Dakota is retiring after 33 years on the bench.

Southeast Judicial District Judge John T. Paulson was first elected in 1980 and was re-elected five times. He previously served as a municipal court judge in Valley City.

The 71-year-old Paulson was born in Valley City and graduated from the University of North Dakota law school in 1967.

Paulson’s last day on the job will be June 3.

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