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Associated Press, Published November 30 2010

North Dakota judge says he's looking forward to retirement

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Judge Robert Wefald says he's looking forward to traveling with his wife and continuing his volunteer work with the American Legion's Open Your Heart campaign after he steps down from the bench on Dec. 31.

Wefald announced last year that he would not seek re-election as judge in the South Central Judicial District. Assistant Burleigh County State's Attorney Cynthia Feland will replace him.

Wefald, a former state attorney general, was elected in 1998.

He says he has finished the work he's had to do, and after 40 years in the law business, it's time for something new.

Wefald recently wrote and published an autobiography, which he says was mostly for his kids and grandkids, though he also gave 250 copies to the State Bar Association.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.