Jon Stafsholt

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Jon Stafsholt
Court Information:
Minnesota Eighth Judicial District
Title:   Senior Judge
Active:   2013-2015
Past position:   Judge, Eighth District
Past term:   1983-2013
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Missouri, 1965
Law School:   University of Minnesota Law School, 1972
Judge Jon Stafsholt

Jon Stafsholt is a senior judge for the Eighth District Court of Minnesota, serving Pope County. He was appointed to the court on June 20, 1983 and was elected to full terms in 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008. He then retired on April 30, 2013, assuming senior judge status until June 30, 2015.[1]


Stafsholt holds an A.A. degree from California Lutheran University, B.A. (Spanish) and B.J. (Journalism) degrees from the University of Missouri (1965), and a J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota Law School (1972).[1]


Stafsholt began his legal career in 1972 as a general practice lawyer in Elbow Lake, Minnesota. He worked in this capacity until his judicial appointment in 1983. Also, from 1979 to 1983, he served in the public sector as a Grant County Attorney.[1]

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