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Updated: 09/29/2013 9:59 AM
Created: 09/29/2013 9:04 AM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Cassie Hart

Fergus Falls Federal Courthouse to be Renamed After Judge Devitt


Judge Edward J. Devitt

Photo: uscourts.gov

A U.S. courthouse in Minnesota may soon be getting a new name.
     
On Saturday the U.S. House voted to name the federal building in Fergus Falls for the late former Representative and Judge Edward J. Devitt. He is a St. Paul native and has served the state for decades.

Earlier this summer U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson introduced a bill to rename the federal courthouse.

"Judge Devitt had an exemplary judicial career and was a dedicated public servant," Peterson said. "His service to Minnesota spanned decades, from the Naval Reserves, to the U.S. House of Representatives, as an assistant attorney general and as a judge."

The late Judge Devitt, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, was appointed to the federal bench by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954. He became chief judge in 1957 where he served until taking senior status in 1981. He passed away on March 2, 1992.


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