Born in 1943, Valley City, ND. J.D., University of North Dakota School of Law 1967. Municipal Judge for Valley City 1968-70. Private law practice from 1967-80. Barnes County State's Attorney 1970-80. Elected District Judge in November 1980, 1986, 1992, 1998 and 2004. Served as Presiding District Judge since February 1, 1995. President of North Dakota Judge's Association. Married: wife, Bonita. Two children: Kristofer, Ami.