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 was a practicing dentist from 1982 to 1988 in Estherville. He was a practicing attorney in Estherville from 1991 until appointed to the bench in 1998. He served as Emmet County Judicial Hospitalization Referee from February 1991 and as Assistant City Attorney for Armstrong, Iowa from 1991 until his appointment to the bench.