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Becker County Attorney Mike Fritz has been appointed a district judge. He will be chambered in Clay County.

Dayton taps Becker County attorney to fill judgeship

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ST. PAUL -- Becker County Attorney Mike Fritz has been appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to fill one of two judgeships in Minnesota’s 7th Judicial District.

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Fritz will be chambered in Moorhead in Clay County and will replace Judge Lisa Borgen, who is leaving for private practice.

Fritz is a long-serving Becker County attorney, where he represents the County Board and various county departments, while maintaining a caseload of criminal and child protection matters.

He previously served as the assistant Becker County attorney and was a partner with Hummel, Sinclair, Evans, Hunt, Heisler and Fritz, P.A. Fritz earned his Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of North Dakota School of Law.

Fritz is also a member of the Becker County Child Abuse Prevention Council and a past president of the Becker County Bar Association.

He lives with his family in Detroit Lakes.

Dayton also appointed Daniel A. Benson to fill a 7th Judicial District vacancy. Benson, who will replace Judge Peter M. Irvine, will be chambered at Long Prairie in Todd County.

“I am pleased to announce the appointments of Mr. Benson and Mr. Fritz -- two highly qualified individuals, who I am confident will serve the people of the 7th Judicial District with distinction,” Dayton said. “Both Mr. Benson and Mr. Fritz have extensive legal experience and demonstrated commitments to public service.”

Benson is a member of the criminal defense firm of Benson Law Office, LLC. Previously, he was a member of the Minnesota State Forensic Trial Team, a managing attorney with the Office of the Seventh Judicial District Public Defender and an assistant Stearns County attorney.

Benson also serves as a part-time assistant public defender for the 7th Judicial District.

He lives with his family in St. Cloud.

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