All District Court Judges

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Frederick J. Graham

District Court Judge

Appointed: 1919 - 1920

Judge Graham was born in Stockbridge, Michigan, on March 31, 1881. He moved with his family to Merricourt, North Dakota, in 1894. He graduated from the Ellendale High School in 1899; Normal Industrial School of Ellendale in 1902, and from the Law School of the University of North Dakota in 1906, he was admitted to the State Bar of North Dakota that same year. Practiced law at Oakes and Ellendale, North Dakota, served as State's Attorney of Dickey County for one term, 1915-1916. In 1919 he was appointed Judge of the Third Judicial District, by Governor Lynn J. Frazier, he served in that capacity until 1920. He was Chairman of the North Dakota Republican State Central Committee 1926-1927; Republican National Committeeman 1928-1932, and member of the House of Representatives of North Dakota from 1943-1949. He was elected and served as president of the North Dakota State Bar Association from 1949 to 1950. Judge Graham died on September 21, 1953.

Dann E. Greenwood

District Court Judge

Elected: 2012 - Present

Born in 1952 in Dickinson, N.D. Earned rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, 1968. Graduated from Dickinson High School, 1970. Attended Dickinson State College, 1970-1972. Graduated from the University of North Dakota, 1974. Earned law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law, 1977. Engaged in private legal practice in Dickinson, 1977-2012. President of the North Dakota Trial Lawyers Association, 1987. President of the State Bar Association of North Dakota, 1998-1999. Elected Judge of the Southwest Judicial District in 2012.

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John E. Greenwood

District Court Judge

Elected: 2003 - 2017

Born in 1949. Graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1971 and from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1975. Private practice in Jamestown, 1975-1993. Served as an assistant state's attorney for Stutsman County, 1977-1986. Appointed Stutsman County State's Attorney in May 1993; elected in 1994; reelected in 1998. Appointed Southeast Judicial District Judge by Governor Edward T. Schafer in 1999. Elected District Judge in 2002. Reelected 2006, 2012. Member, North Dakota Legal Counsel for Indigents Commission. Married: wife, Susan. Three children: Joseph, Karen, and Michael. Retired as district judge effective Aug. 1, 2017.

John W. Grinsteiner

District Court Judge

Appointed: 2015 - Present

Born in Bismarck, ND. Bachelor's Degree from the University of North Dakota and Bismarck State College. Law Degree from University of North Dakota School of Law, 1998. In private practice in Bismarck, 1998-2003. Judicial referee and magistrate for the South Central Judicial District, 2003-2015. Appointed district judge in 2015, elected 2018.

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Arthur Jackson Gronna

District Court Judge

Appointed: 1933 - 1962

Judge Gronna was born in Lakota, North Dakota on July 19, 1897. Received his A. B. degree from the George Washington University, in 1921; L. L. B. degree from Harvard University, in 1925. He was admitted to the North Dakota State Bar in 1926, he practiced law at Williston, North Dakota. Served as Assistant State's Attorney from Williams County in 1927; State's Attorney 1928-1933. Elected Attorney General of North Dakota in 1932, resigned on November 1, 1933 to accept appointment as District Judge of the Fifth Judicial District, by Governor William Langer, he served in that capacity until 1962. Judge Gronna died January 19, 1965.

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Richard W. Grosz

District Court Judge

Elected: 1995 - 2012

Born in 1953, Breckenridge, MN. Raised in Wahpeton, ND. B.S., University of Nebraska, 1975; J.D. with Distinction, University of Nebraska College of Law 1984. Previous positions: Assistant Attorney General for State of North Dakota; Chief Prosecutor for City of Wahpeton; Public Defender, 8th Judicial District, State of Minnesota; instructor in criminal law, business organization law, and administrative agency law at Interstate Business College, Fargo, ND; Professor of Pharmacy Law, NDSU. Elected Southeast Judicial District judge in 1994, reelected in 2000, 2006; defeated in Nov. 6, 2012, election.

Richard L. Hagar

District Court Judge

Elected: 2006 - Present

Graduated from United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, with B.S. degree in 1979. Received law degree from University of North Dakota School of Law in 1988. Pursued private legal practice in Minot. Elected to District Court in 2006, 2012.

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Harold M. Hager

District Court Judge

Elected: 1965 - 1976

Judge Hager was born in Northgate, North Dakota on June 8, 1914. Educated at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota; University of North Dakota School of Liberal Arts, B. A. 1935; School of Law, Juris Doctor 1937, he was admitted to the North Dakota Bar that same year. Practiced law in Fargo, 1937-1941, and assisted in the North Dakota State Code revision 1941-1942. After service in the Navy he practiced law in Grand Forks, North Dakota from 1945 until 1964, when he was elected Judge of the First Judicial District. He served in that capacity until 1976. Judge Hager died on January 10, 1998.

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James M. Hanley

District Court Judge

Appointed: 1915 - 1920

Judge Hanley was born in Winona, Minnesota, on January 6, 1877. He attended high school at Kasson, Minnesota and Carleton College. He was admitted to the Bar at the age of twenty-one, started his law practice in 1902 at Mandan, North Dakota. He was elected to the House of Representative in 1908 and 1911, he also served as Speaker of the House, and as States Attorney of Morton County 1909 and 1910. In 1915 he was appointed Judge of the Twelfth Judicial District, by Governor Louis B. Hanna, he served in that capacity until 1919, when the judicial districts were revised he became Judge of the Sixth Judicial District from 1919 until 1920. Judge Hanley died on January 31, 1947.

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Larry M. Hatch

District Court Judge

Appointed: 1972 - 1991

Judge Hatch was born in Linton, North Dakota, July 31, 1930. Educated in Linton Public Schools, graduated from the North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota Law School in 1958. He practiced law at Linton, North Dakota, served as Emmons County State's Attorney from 1959 to 1972. In 1972 Governor William L. Guy appointed him Judge of the Third Judicial District. With the reorganization of the district court system in 1979, he became Judge of the South Central Judicial District. In 1991 he resigned and moved to Fargo, North Dakota, to accept the position of Administrative Law Judge, for the Office of Hearings and Appeals of the Social Security Administration.

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Douglas B. Heen

District Court Judge

Appointed: 1959 - 1986

Judge Heen was born in Dunn Center, North Dakota on June 12, 1920. He attended schools in Grand Forks, graduating from Central High School, Grand Forks, North Dakota. He attended Cambridge University Law School, Cambridge, England, and graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1947. He practiced law in Devils Lake, North Dakota, served as State's Attorney of Ramsey County from 1947 to 1952 and Veterans Service Officer from 1955 until 1959, when he was appointed Judge of the Second Judicial District by Governor John E. Davis. With the reorganization of the district court system in 1979, he became Judge of the Northeast Judicial District, he served in that capacity until his retirement on July 10, 1986. He was Chief Presiding Judge 1980-1986, after his retirement he continued serving as surrogate judge until November 1993. In 1986 Judge Heen received the Distinguished Service Award, the most prestigious award given by the State Bar Association of North Dakota. Judge Heen died at age 80 on February 2, 2001.

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Roland A. Heringer

District Court Judge

Elected: 1961 - 1960

Judge Heringer was born in Wishek, North Dakota, May 28, 1914. He attended school at Wishek and Ashlely, North Dakota, where he graduated from high school in 1933. He then attended the University of North Dakota and graduated from the Law School in June, 1937. Shortly after graduating he opened his law practice in Rugby, North Dakota, he served as State's Attorney of Pierce County from 1939 to 1942 and again from 1947 to 1951. In 1955 he was elected President of the State Bar Association, due to ill health he resigned before completing his term. He was elected Judge of the Second Judicial District on November 8, 1960. He died on December 23, 1960, before entering the duties as Judge.

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Ronald L. Hilden

District Court Judge

Elected: 1995 - 2006

Born in 1945, Hettinger, ND. United States Marine Corps 1966-1970. B. A. University of North Dakota 1972, J.D., University of North Dakota School of Law 1976. Private practice in Fargo, ND 1976-81. Appointed Stark County Judge 1983. Elected District Judge 1994, 1998 and 2004. SBAND Board of Governors 1986-88. Board member ABA, National Conference of Special Court Judges, 1988-94. Admitted in North and South Dakota. Member Ruger Collectors Association and Goldwing Riders Club. Retired Nov. 1, 2006. Judge Hilden died June 29, 2009 in Lead, South Dakota.

James S. Hill

District Court Judge

Appointed: 2014 - Present

Born Grand Forks, N.D. 1974 graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law. Served five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Bismarck. In private practice in Bismarck, 1981-2014. Served as representative of the State Bar Association to the American Bar Association House of Delegates and served on the ABA Board of Governors. Current Chair, ABA Commission on IOLTA. Appointed District Judge August 2014 by Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Elected 2016. Married to Charlotte, daughter Sarah.

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Gordon O. Hoberg

District Court Judge

Appointed: 1983 - 1991

Born September 13, 1929, at Burnstad, N.D. Graduate of Bismarck High School; Jamestown College, 1956; University of North Dakota School of Law, 1959; National Law College. Veteran of Korean Conflict. Admitted to North Dakota Bar, 1959; practiced law in Wishek and Napoleon, 1959-1983; Logan County State's Attorney for 20 years. Appointed District Judge, August 12, 1983. Elected 1984 and 1990. Retired as District Judge, 1991. Appointed Surrogate Judge, 1992. Member: Court Services Administration Committee, National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges, North Dakota Bar Association, Stutsman County Bar Association, Lions, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Jamestown College Alumni Board. Married to Shirley Feil. Four children: Grayson, Connie, John, and Eric.

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William F. Hodny

District Court Judge

Elected: 1975 - 1998

Born December 3, 1932, Lankin, North Dakota. U.S. Air Force, 1950-53. Graduate of University of N.D. Law School, 1960. Practiced law in Mandan, 1960-67. Morton County Judge, 1967-74. Elected District Judge: 1974, 1980, 1986, and 1992. Retired as District Judge, March 11, 1998. Appointed Surrogate Judge, 1998. Married: wife, Joann; three children.

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Randall L. Hoffman

District Court Judge

Elected: 1995 - 1999

Born in Kensal, ND, in 1955. Owned and operated a farm from 1973 through 1984. B.S., North Dakota State University, 1985; J.D., University of North Dakota School of Law, 1991. Engaged in private practice from 1991-94 with emphasis on family and criminal law. Elected district judge in November 1994. Resigned effective April 30, 1999.

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Daniel B. Holt

District Court Judge

Appointed: 1932 - 1946

Judge Holt was born in Woodsville, New Hampshire, on October 21, 1866. He attended St. Johnsbury Academy of Vermont; received his A. B. degree from Harvard University, 1890. He moved to Fargo, North Dakota in 1892, and began his study of law, in the law firm of Colonel John D. Benton and Charles F. Amidon. He was admitted to the North Dakota Bar in 1898. He engaged in the practice of law at Fargo, North Dakota for many years. Under an appointment of Judge John Burke, he conducted a study of workmen's compensation insurance, and did much of the preliminary work and study resulting in the enactment of the present North Dakota Workmen's Compensation Law. In May, 1932 he was appointed Judge of the First Judicial District, by Governor George F. Shafer. Due to ill health he retired in the fall of 1946. Judge Holt died in the City of Wilmington, Delaware, March 16, 1947.

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Robert W. Holte

District Court Judge

Elected: 1995 - 2006

Born in 1941, Minot, ND. Graduated from University of North Dakota with B.S. degree 1963; M.S. degree 1966; J.D. degree 1971. Law Clerk, North Dakota Supreme Court 1971-72. Public and private practice 1973-85. Appointed to county court judgeship for Burke, Divide, and Mountrail Counties 1985. Elected to District Court in 1994, and 2000. Retired as district judge Dec. 31, 2006. Married. Four children.

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Gary A. Holum

District Court Judge

Appointed: 1981 - 2004

Born in 1937, Minot, ND. Undergraduate at Harvard University 1955-56 with BSBA degree from University of North Dakota 1960. J.D. degree from University of North Dakota School of Law 1971. Admitted to Bar - North Dakota and U.S. District Court 1971. Private practice 1971-81. Appointed Ward County Judge 1981 and elected thereafter. Elected District Judge in 1992, and 1998. Retired as District Judge Dec. 31, 2004. Died Sept. 9, 2007.