ST. PAUL, Minn. - Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Cass County District Judge John P. Smith to serve on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Dayton's office announced the appointment Wednesday. Smith will replace Judge Wilhelmina Wright, whom Dayton appointed justice on the state Supreme Court.
Smith has served as a judge in northwestern Minnesota's 9th Judicial District since he was appointed by former Gov. Arne Carlson in 1991. The graduate of Concordia College and William Mitchell College of Law lives with his wife in the town of Nevis, near Bemidji.
Minnesota's Court of Appeals handles most appeals of decisions by state trial courts, state agencies and local governments. Smith will serve in one of its 11 at-large positions; it also has judges who represent each of the state's eight congressional districts.
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