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Commission recommends three for judgeship

With Judge Robert Macaulay retiring on Aug. 31, the wheels are in motion to find a replacement for the longtime Carlton County Sixth District judge. The Commission on Judicial Selection recommended three candidates to Gov. Tim Walz for consideration to fill the upcoming vacancy: Nicole Bettendorf-Hopps, Clarissa Ek and Amy Lukasavitz.

The commission shared background on each candidate:

• Nicole Bettendorf-Hopps: Serves as the managing attorney for the Sixth District Public Defender’s Office. Her experience includes the areas of rehabilitative justice, diversion, and community-based programs to...

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