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Annie P. Claesson-Huseby and Christopher J. Strandlie Appointed to Fill Ninth Judicial District Vacancies

Posted: Friday, August 25, 2017

Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointments of Annie P. Claesson-Huseby and Christopher J. Strandlie as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District. Ms. Claesson-Huseby is filling a new district court judgeship, created by order of the Minnesota Supreme Court, and will be chambered at Bemidji in Beltrami County. Mr. Strandlie will be replacing the Honorable Richard A. Zimmerman, and will be chambered at Brainerd in Crow Wing County.
“Ms. Annie P. Claesson-Huseby and Mr. Christopher J. Strandlie have distinguished records of public service, working as county attorneys in their respective communities,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “I thank Ms. Claesson-Huseby and Mr. Strandlie for their ongoing commitment to public service. Their extensive legal experience and records of community involvement will serve them well.”
About Annie P. Claesson-Huseby
Ms. Claesson-Huseby is the Beltrami County Attorney, where she supervises office personnel, implements new prosecution strategies, and handles a felony criminal caseload. Previously, she was the Chief Assistant Beltrami County Attorney, an Assistant Beltrami County Attorney, and a staff attorney at Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota. Ms. Claesson-Huseby earned her B.S., M.P.A., and J.D. from the University of North Dakota.
Ms. Claesson-Huseby is the President of the Beltrami County Bar Association, a team member of the Children’s Justice Initiative, a member of the Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota Board, and a member of the EX Chapter of Philanthropic Education Organization (P.E.O).
About Christopher J. Strandlie
Mr. Strandlie is the Cass County Attorney, where he handles a felony criminal caseload and provides civil representation to all Cass County departments. Previously, he was an Assistant Cass County Attorney, an Assistant Ninth Judicial District Public Defender, a partner at Kimball and Strandlie Law Office, and an alternative public defender for Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Mr. Strandlie earned his B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and his J.D. from the University of North Dakota.
Mr. Strandlie is a founding member of Cass County and Leech Lake Wellness Court, Director of the Minnesota County Attorney’s Association Board, Vice President of the Walker Youth Hockey Board, and is a veteran of the United States Army and the Walker Volunteer Fire Department.
Minnesota’s Ninth Judicial District consists of Aitkin, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Itasca, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau Counties.
More information on the Commission on Judicial Selection, as well as vacancies it is currently considering, can be found at