Retired Judge H. Patrick Weir came from Medora to hear cases in Medd's absence.

 A state district judge is back on the job in Grand Forks about six weeks after having open-heart surgery.

Northeast Central District Judge Joel Medd had the operation on March 21 and returned to the bench on Monday. He tells the Grand Forks Herald (http://bit.ly/Ys9DYv ) that he is doing cardio rehabilitation three times a week and feels good.

Retired Judge H. Patrick Weir came from Medora to hear cases in Medd's absence.

Medd was appointed by then-Gov. Art Link in 1979 and since 2006 has been the longest-serving state district judge in North Dakota.