Judges Steven E. Drange and Paul A. Nelson retired. One seat will be chambered in Litchfield, the other in Montevideo.
The finalists are:
Stephanie L. Beckman serves as the Meeker County Attorney where she is responsible for the civil work and criminal prosecutions. She previously worked as an Assistant Stearns County Attorney in their civil division. She is a guardian and trustee for Developmentally Delayed Adult and is an executive board member of the Minnesota Alliance on Crime.
Rodney C. Hanson is a partner with Anderson, Larson, Hanson & Saunders P.L.L.P. where he primarily practices in civil litigation. He has maintained a local practice in Willmar since 1985 and is a qualified neutral and arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
Keith Helgeson serves as the Yellow Medicine County Attorney where he provides legal counsel to all county departments. He previously served as Assistant Yellow Medicine County Attorney and was a Board of Directors member of the Western Minnesota Legal Services Corporation.
Thomas W. Van Hon maintains a general law practice where he assists individuals and businesses with civil matters and criminal defense. He also serves as the city attorney for Fairfax, and is an Assistant Public Defender for the Minnesota Board of Public Defense.
The Eighth Judicial District consists of Big Stone, Chippewa, Grant, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Meeker, Pope, Renville, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wilkin and Yellow Medicine Counties.