- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has appointed Bismarck attorney and judicial referee John Grinsteiner to a newly created judgeship in the South Central Judicial District Court.

Grinsteiner will start the job based in Mandan in about two weeks.

Grinsteiner has served as a judicial referee for the South Central district since 2003, presiding over formal hearings and court cases involving juveniles. He also has managed cases involving child support, protection orders and other magistrate duties. Grinsteiner also has presided over the Bismarck Juvenile Drug Court since 2007.

Grinsteiner is a Bismarck native. He graduated from the University of North Dakota’s law school in 1998.

He was among four finalists chosen by a committee tasked with screening candidates for the Mandan-based judgeship.

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