- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has appointed a Grand Forks attorney to fill the vacancy in a state court created by the retirement of a judge.

Dalrymple on Wednesday announced the appointment of John Thelen to the Northeast Central Judicial District Court bench. He’ll take the place of Lawrence Jahnke who retired earlier this year.

The judgeship is based in Grand Forks and covers the counties of Grand Forks and Nelson.

Thelen has served as judicial referee and magistrate with Grand Forks County since 2009, focusing on areas that include juvenile court, family law and child support enforcement. He also has 28 years of experience in private practice.

Thelen is a graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law. He will begin serving on the bench next month.

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