Governor Pawlenty Appoints Ekstrum and Jorgensen to Tenth Judicial District Judgeships
November 3, 2005, Governor Tim Pawlenty announced the appointment of
B. William Ekstrum and Kenneth L. Jorgensen to two Tenth Judicial District
trial court bench vacancies in Washington County. These vacancies are
due to the retirements of the Honorable Stephen L. Muehlberg on September
30, 2005, and the Honorable Gary J. Meyer on October 31, 2005.
“Bill has a great breadth and depth of experience in civil as well as criminal law,” Governor Pawlenty said. “He also has a tremendous diversity of life experiences and active participation in the community, which will serve him well as a judge.”
is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, serving on the Elder,
Family and Probate Law Sections; the Anoka County Bar Association; National
Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; and chairs the Anoka County Domestic
Violence Justice Committee; as well as the Anoka County Order For Protection
Oversight Committee. He is a member of the Fridley/Columbia Heights
Rotary Club, serving as president in 2003-2004; a member and past board
chair of the Emma B. Howe Family YMCA; a member and past president of
the Blaine Area Chamber of Commerce; a member and past president of
the Metro North Chamber of Commerce; and a member of the Twin Cities
North Chamber of Commerce. Ekstrum has also held various positions including
six years as lay leader of Fridley United Methodist Church, and is a
member of the Encore Wind Ensemble and Lake Wobegone Brass Band. Ekstrum,
57, was born in Minneapolis, and lives in Blaine with his wife, Margaret.
They have two adult children, Karen Burton and Kristen Ruesges, and
career with the Lawyer’s Board gives him a unique and valuable
perspective as someone who has investigated and prosecuted ethical complaints
against lawyers,” Governor Pawlenty said. “In addition,
he has the leadership and demeanor to be a great judge.”
Art Exhibition by Local Lawyer Jennifer Wellner
Variations, an exhibition of recent paintings by local lawyer Jennifer Wellner, will have an opening reception on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2005 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at 1111 Main Street, Hopkins. The exhibit will be on display from December 1, 2005 through January 8, 2006 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday; 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturdays; and Noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Farmer Sue For Loss of Arm
On Jan. 7th, a local farmer sued the manufacturer of a popular model of spreaders. He was using his tow behind spreader while putting down seed for his corn field. The spreader stopped working, so he got off his tractor to inspect it. He neglected to turn off the engine to his tractor. While his hand was inside the spreader, it turned back on and severed 3 of his fingers. His claim was there should have been better safety precautions in place by the manufacturer to prevent these types of injuries.
Governor Pawlenty Appoints Jasper and Tonelli Larkin to Tenth Judicial District Judgeships
On October 20, 2005, Governor Tim Pawlenty announced the appointment of Jonathan N. Jasper and Michelle A. Tonelli Larkin to two Tenth Judicial District trial court bench vacancies in Wright County.
Jasper is the managing partner of the law firm of Jasper and Brandt in Anoka. He has been an attorney with the firm and its predecessors since 1994. He was an associate attorney with the Berglund and Varco law firm in Anoka from 1993 to 1994 and with the law firm of Rider, Bennett, Egan and Arundel in Minneapolis from 1987 to 1993. Jasper earned his juris doctorate degree from Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York in 1987 and his bachelor of arts degree cum laude from Hamline University in St. Paul in 1984.
“Jonathan has a great breadth of legal experiences – from practicing civil commercial litigation with a large law firm to a criminal defense practice in a two-person law firm,” Governor Pawlenty said. “In addition, Jonathan’s wonderful people skills and sense of humor will be appreciated by those who appear before him.”
is a Supreme Court-appointed member and vice-chair of the State Board
of Public Defense. He is also a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association,
serving on its Board of Governors and chairing its Young Lawyers’
Section from 1993 to 1994; and the Anoka County Bar Association, where
he was a member of the Executive Board. He had also served on the 21st
District Bar Association Ethics Committee.
Tonelli Larkin is a senior attorney and trial team supervisor with the Fourth Judicial District public defender’s office in Hennepin County. She has been an assistant public defender in the Hennepin County public defender’s office since 1992. Tonelli Larkin earned her juris doctorate degree magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul in 1992 and her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 1988.
is assigned the most difficult cases that the public defender’s
office handles, which is a testament to her legal skills,” Governor
Pawlenty said. “Her intellect and ability to handle a heavy caseload
will be an asset to a very busy bench in Wright County that has an ever-growing
The Joseph E. Wargo-Anoka County Bar Association Professorship in Family Law
This professorship at the University of Minnesota was created in memory of Joseph E. Wargo, a 1938 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School who was a distinguished member of the bench and bar as well as a dedicated supporter of the Law School. He founded the current law firm of Barna, Guzy, and Steffen, Ltd., and then served as a municipal court judge in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, and a district court judge in Anoka County until his retirement in 1979. His greatest interests included family law and the state of the family in contemporary society. The Anoka County Bar Association funded one-half of this professorship in honor of and appreciation for Judge Wargo’s many years of legal service. Contribution to this fund since inception total $250,200, and $250,000 has been added through the Permanent University Fund Match.
Judith Younger continues as the Joseph E. Wargo-Anoka County Bar Association Professor of Family Law. She teaches and is recognized for her work in the areas of wills and trusts, property, and family law.
value as of 03-31-05: $1,096,643
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