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Published January 13 2009

Retired Polk Judge John M. Roue drowns in Panama

CROOKSTON, Minn. – Retired Polk County Judge John M. Roue has drowned while on vacation in Panama, court administrator Kathy Narlock said today.

Roue, of Crookston, died either Saturday or Sunday, she said.

“The only thing we know so far is that Judge Roue and his wife were vacationing in Panama and that he drowned swimming,” Narlock said, adding that they had been staying at a friend’s villa.

Gov. Al Quie appointed Roue to serve as a judge in 1980. Roue was elected in 1982, 1988, 1994 and 2000, then retired in 2006.

Roue was later assigned to serve statewide as senior judge from July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2009, according to the Web site of the Minnesota Judicial Branch. As a senior judge, he filled in for other judges around the district, Narlock said.