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John M. Steiner/ The Sun John T. “Jack” Paulson, retired Southeast District Court judge, reflects on his law career Tuesday in his historic Valley City, N.D., home.

Paulson retires after 33 years on the bench

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VALLEY CITY, N.D. — Southeast Judicial District Judge John T. “Jack” Paulson, the longest serving state judge in North Dakota’s history, retired on June 3.


Paulson, 71, a lifelong resident of Valley City, will now serve as a surrogate judge, picking and choosing any unassigned case in the state.

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