Judge Michael L. Kirk, who serves in Moorhead, moves to the state Appeals Court soon.
Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Kirk to fill a position representing western Minnesota. He replaces Judge Roger M. Klaphake, who is retiring.
“Judge Kirk has an outstanding record of public service, as seen through his 23 years of service on the bench in the 7th Judicial District,” Dayton said. “His passion for justice, and his years of experience will make him an excellent Appellate Judge in the 7th Congressional District.”
Some Appeals Court judges are appointed based on congressional districts.
Kirk has served as the chief district judge and now is one of two Judges presiding over Domestic Violence Specialty Court in Moorhead. Before becoming a judge, he was Otter Tail County attorney and earlier maintained a private law practice in Fergus Falls.