Born in 1944 in Williston, North Dakota. B.A. degree from University of North Dakota. J.D. degree from University of North Dakota School of Law 1969. Editor of North Dakota Law Review 1968-69. Private practice 1969-92. Williams County State's Attorney 1979-82. City attorney for Williston 1988-92. Elected District Judge in 1992, 1998 and 2004. Retired 2010. Married: Wife, Dawn. Four children. Judge Rustad died Dec. 4, 2014.