Crookston attorneys Widseth and Harbott were finalists, too.

    Governor Mark Dayton has announced the appointment of Eric P. Schieferdecker as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District. Schieferdecker will be replacing the Honorable Donald J. Aandal, who resigned earlier this year. The judgeship will be chambered at Warren in Marshall County.

    Previously,  the Commission on Judicial Selection had recommending three candidates to Dayton for consideration to fill the Ninth District vacancy, and one of them was Polk County Attorney Greg Widseth. The other finalist was also local, Ninth District Assistant Public Defender Corey Harbott.

    Schieferdecker is an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota, primarily prosecuting murder, drug, and implied consent cases in the Seventh and Ninth Judicial Districts. Previously, he was the Chief Assistant Beltrami County Attorney, and, prior to that, was an associate attorney at Drahos & Young in Bemidji, MN. Schieferdecker earned his B.A. from Minot State University and his J.D. from the University of North Dakota School of Law.

    In addition, Schieferdecker is a Students First Mentor at Bemidji High School and is a board member and vice-chair of Support Within Reach, a sexual violence resource center serving Aitkin, Beltrami, Cass, Hubbard, and Itasca Counties.