Minge leaves Appeals Court

Former U.S. Rep. David Minge is retiring from the state Appeals Court.

Gov. Mark Dayton announced the vacancy and asked the Judicial Selection Commission to begin the process of finding potential candidates to replace him.

Minge, 69, has served on the state’s second-highest court since then-Gov. Jesse Ventura appointed him in 2002. Before that, he served four terms in the U.S. House.

Mark Kennedy beat Minge when he ran for a fifth term.

Raised in Worthington, Minn., Minge also has been an attorney in private practice and taught law at the University of Wyoming.

Minge’s replacement must come from the 2nd Congressional District, across the southern Twin Cities and further south.