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Duane E. Hoffmeyer

Chief Judge: District 3B

Judge Hoffmeyer, Sioux City, was appointed to the bench in January 2001 and appointed to serve as chief judge January 1, 2008. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1979 and his law degree from Creighton Law School in 1982. Judge Hoffmeyer was engaged in...

Steven J. Andreasen

District Court Judge: District 3B

Judge Andreasen was appointed as a district judge in January 2008. He had served as a magistrate in Woodbury County in 2006 and 2007 before his appointment to the bench. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1989 and his law degree from the same institution...

Charles K. Borth

District Court Judge: District 3A

Judge Borth, Spencer, was appointed as district judge in June of 2018. He served as district associate judge since his appointment to the bench October, 2009. He served as Assistant Clay County Attorney and was in private practice in Spencer since 1997. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from...

Don E. Courtney

District Court Judge: District 3A

Judge Courtney, Algona, was appointed to the bench in May 2001. He received his bachelor's degree from Mankato State in 1972 and his law degree from Hamline University in 1976. Judge Courtney has served as Assistant Tama County Attorney, Assistant Kossuth County Attorney, and most recently as partner at Cassel,...

Tod Deck

District Court Judge: District 3B

Began service as a Woodbury County Magistrate on November 3, 2014. He was appointed District Court Judge in 2017. He was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. He attended West High School in Sioux City and graduated magna cum laude from Morningside College in Sioux City in 20013 with...

Zachary Hindman

District Court Judge: District 3B

Judge Hindman, Sioux City, was appointed to the bench in August of 2018. Judge Hindman received his law degree from Drake University Law School and his undergraduate degree from Morningside College. He practiced law as a partner at Mayne, Hindman & Daane in Sioux City until his appointment.

David A. Lester

District Court Judge: District 3A

Judge Lester, Spirit Lake, was appointed to the bench in September 1998. He received his bachelor's degree from Augustana College in 1978, his doctor of dental surgery from the University Of Iowa College Of Dentistry in 1982 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1990. Judge Lester...

Jeffrey A. Neary

District Court Judge: District 3B

Date of Appointment: 2002 Judge Neary received his bachelor’s degree in German from Westmar College, Le Mars, in 1981 and his law degree from the University of South Dakota in 1987. Judge Neary served as a part-time magistrate for Plymouth County in the mid 1990s and was an assistant federal...

Carl J. Petersen

District Court Judge: District 3A

Judge Petersen, Lester, was appointed to the bench in 2012. He was born and raised in Hartley, Iowa. Judge Petersen received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in 1990 and his law degree from Hamline University in 1993. He practiced law in Atlantic, Iowa from 1993-2000 and served...

Jeffrey L. Poulson

District Court Judge: District 3B

Judge Poulson, Sioux City, worked in private practice in Sioux City, Iowa from February 1977 to December, 2010. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Arts with honors in 1974 and from Drake University Law School in December, 1976. He is one of the founders and...

Julie Schumacher

District Judge: District 3B

Judge Schumacher lives in Crawford County and has served as a district associate judge since 2013. Judge Julie Schumacher earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Dakota in 1990 and her law degree from Creighton University School of Law in 1993. Judge Schumacher entered private practice...

Patrick H. Tott

District Court Judge

Judge Tott was appointed to the bench in September, 2014. He graduated Cum Laude from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1989 and Magna Cum Laude from Creighton Law School in 1991. Judge Tott served as a part-time Associate Juvenile Judge from 1994 to...

Nancy L. Whittenburg

District Court Judge: District 3A

Judge Whittenburg, Spencer, was appointed to serve as district court judge in 2004. Prior to her appointment, she served as Clay County magistrate since 1989. She attended Drake University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in 1980 and her law degree in 1986. She had been engaged in the private...

Mark Cord

District Associate Judge: District 3

Judge Cord was appointed to the bench in 2018.

Robert J. Dull

District Associate Judge: District 3B

Judge Dull, LeMars, was appointed to the bench in 1993. He was born in LeMars, Iowa, and earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1969. Judge Dull then served in the United State Army from 1969 to 1976, spending six of those years with the Judge Advocate General Corps....

Ann M. Gales

District Associate Judge: District 3A

Judge Gales was appointed to the bench effective February 25, 2014. She works primarily in the three-county area including Emmet, Kossuth and Palo Alto counties. Her previous legal experience included working in the U.S. Department of Justice-Antitrust Division in Chicago, Illinois, serving as an Assistant Kossuth County Attorney and as...

Todd Hensley

District Associate Judge: District 3B

Judge Hensley, Sioux City, was appointed to the bench in 2000. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Morningside College in 1984, his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1988. Judge Hensley previously served as first assistant public defender for Woodbury County. He is a member of...

David C. Larson

District Associate Judge: District 3A

Judge Larson, Spirit Lake,is a resident of Dickinson County and routinely hears cases in Dickinson, O'Brien and Osceola counties and will occasionally preside in the other counties as needed. Judge Larson received his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and graduated from Creighton School of Law. He spent 17 years...

John C. Nelson

District Associate Judge

Judge Nelson, Sioux City, was appointed to serve Woodbury County in 1997 as a magistrate. He was appointed district associate judge in 2006. He attended the University of Iowa, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1987 and his law degree in 1991. He has worked at the Sioux City...

Stephanie Forker Parry

District Associate Judge

Judge Forker Parry. Sioux City, was appointed to the bench in 2017. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota, majoring in criminal justice, and her law degree from the University of South Dakota in 1998. She served as a Woodbury County Magistrate from 2008 until her...

Andrew J. Smith

District Associate Judge

Judge Smith was appointed district associate judge in 2018. He has served as magistrate for Calhoun County since January of 2016. He graduated from Truman State University in 1995 with a BA in Communications and from the University Of Iowa School Of Law in 1998 with High Distinction. Judge Smith...

Mary L. McCollum Timko

Associate Juvenile Judge: District 3

Judge McCollum Timko earned her bachelor’s degree, with distinction from the University of Iowa in 1979. She received a master’s degree, with honors, from the same institution in 1984 and and law degree from the University of Iowa Law School in 1982. Judge McCollum Timko served as an assistant county...

John D. Ackerman

Senior Judge: District 3B

Judge Ackerman has been a lifelong resident of Woodbury County, Iowa. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Morningside College in Sioux City with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1979. Subsequently, he graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1982 with High Distinction. Judge Ackerman was in...

Timothy Jarman

Senior Judge: District 3 B

Judge Jarman became a Senior Judge 2018.

Brian Michaelson

Senior Judge: District 3

Judge Michaelson, Le Mars, has served as an associate juvenile judge since 1985. Judge Michaelson graduated Summa Cum Laude from Westmar College in 1975 and obtained a juris doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1978. Prior to taking the bench Judge Michaelson was in private practice...

James Scott

Senior Judge: District 3B

Judge Scott, Rock Valley, was appointed to the bench in 1994. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of South Dakota in 1974 and his law degree from the same institution in 1976. He worked as an assistant Sioux County attorney, an alternate district associate judge, and in private...

Mary Sokolovske

Senior Judge

Judge Sokolovske, Sioux City, was appointed to the bench in 1992. She earned her bachelor's degree from Regis College in Colorado and her law degree from Creighton University. She retired and became a senior judge in July, 2016.

Paul Caligiuri

Magistrate

Magistrate Paul Caligiuri was appointed to serve Clay county in 2017

Tobias Cosgrove

Magistrate

Magistrate Tobias Cosgrove was appointed to serve Osceola county in 2017.

David Forsyth

Magistrate

Graduate of Estherville High School, Mankato State University, J.D.from Drake Law School in 1988, Admitted and practices in State and Federal Courts. Works at Forsyth Law Firm,a general practice law firm in Estherville Iowa. Served as City Attorney for Estherville 2008-2013, Assistant Estherville city attorney 1988-2008. Also served as city...

Karla J. Henderson

Magistrate

Magistrate Karla J. Henderson was appointed as Ida County Magistrate in 2009. She has served as an Assistant County Attorney for Linn County, Assistant Iowa Attorney General – Regents and Human Services Division, staff attorney for Linn County Advocate and in private practice with the law firm Forristal & Henderson....

Mark J. Laddusaw

Magistrate

Magistrate Mark J. Laddusaw was appointed in 2000 to serve Kossuth County in District 3A. Laddusaw received his undergraduate degree from Buena Vista College in Storm Lake and his law degree from Creighton University in 1992. He is in private practice with the firm of Lynch and Lynch, in Algona,...

Lisa Kay Mazurek

Magistrate

Magistrate Lisa Kay Mazurek was appointed to serve Cherokee County commencing December 1, 2010. She was an associate attorney with Miller, Miller, Miller PC from 2006 to 2010. She was awarded an internship with the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa in Cedar Rapids. Her graduated from...

Kara Minnihan

Magistrate

Magistrate Kara Minnihan was appointed as the Monona County Magistrate and began work on Dec. 9, 2014. From 2008 – 2014, Magistrate Minnihan worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Iowa. From 2003 to 2005, she was in private practice. She started her legal career as a...

Jessica Noll

Magistrate

Magistrate Jessica Noll, Sioux City, was appointed to serve Woodbury county in 2018.

Dan W. Pluim

Magistrate

Magistrate Dan W. Pluim, Orange City, was appointed to serve Sioux County in 1989. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1977 from Dordt College and his law degree in 1979 from the University of Iowa. He graduated with high honors. He served as assistant Sioux County attorney in 1979 and...

Jeffrey P. Queck

Magistrate

Magistrate Jeffrey P. Queck was appointed to serve O'Brien County in 1997.

William W. Ranniger

Magistrate

Magistrate William W. Ranniger, Manning, was appointed to serve Crawford County in 1998.

Daniel Vakulskas

Magistrate

Magistrate Daniel Vakulskas, Sioux City, was appointed to serve Woodbury county in 2017.

Jenny Lea Winterfeld

Magistrate

Magistrate Jenny Lea Winterfeld was appointed to serve as the Lyon County magistrate on December, 20, 2013. She has worked as an associate at the Waagmeester Law Office and is currently a partner with the Klay Law Office in Sioux Center. She obtained an undergraduate degree from Northwestern College in...

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