By Associated Press - Thursday, March 8, 2018

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A formal investiture ceremony is being held in Fargo for new 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ralph Erickson.

The ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Sanctuary Event Center.

President Donald Trump nominated Erickson last June. The Senate in September confirmed him to the St. Louis-based appeals court. He replaced the retired Kermit Bye, starting last October.

Erickson has served in various judicial positions for nearly a quarter century. In 2003, he was nominated by then-President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a federal judge in North Dakota.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handles appeals from federal courts in the Dakotas, Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska.

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