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A new municipal judge has been appointed to finish the uncompleted term of James Utecht.

After 24 years on the job, Utecht resigned his post just weeks before the completion of his elected term.


On a 5-0 vote, the New Richmond City Council voted to appoint Jane Esbensen Schmaltz as municipal judge through May 2. Schmaltz was elected to the post during the April 5 election, but she does not officially take office until May.

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Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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