|Joyce Harnden (left) receives plaque from Presiding Judge Gail Hagerty.|
Court Reporter Joyce Harnden was honored this week for her 40 years of service in the North Dakota judicial system.
Harnden has worked with Judges Clem Kelsch, William Hodny and Donald Jorgensen. She also works with the other judges of the South Central Judicial District and coordinates the schedules of the court reporters and recorders in the district to insure that there is a court reporter or court recorder available for all judicial proceedings.
When Harnden began working for Judge Kelsch, they worked in the 6th Judicial District which included counties west of the Missouri River. She said she was paid by 13 counties and had babysitters in eight counties when her children were young.
Until she became a state employee in about 1984, Harnden did not receive health insurance or benefits.
Harnden grew up in Bagley, Minn., and received her court reporting education from the Minnesota School of Business. Her first job was as a freelance reporter in Pennsylvania.
"Joyce makes it very easy for a judge to do his job," noted Surrogate Judge Benny Graff.
November 5, 2012