New judge in Ninth District

Governor Tim Walz appointed Jerrod Shermoen to fill a vacancy in the Ninth Judicial District.

According to a release, the Honorable Charles M. Leduc is retiring from his bench at the Koochiching County Courthouse, in International Falls. Shermoen is the attorney and president at Shermoen-Jaska Law, and handled a wide variety of litigation and administrative law matters, including personal injury, wrongful death and workers compensation cases.

Shermoen also has experience in real estate, probate, family law and criminal  matters in federal, state and tribal courts across the state.

Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District includes seventeen counties across northwest Minnesota, including Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater and Hubbard counties.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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