FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
St. Paul – Chief Administrative Law Judge Raymond R. Krause announced the appointments of John R. Baumgarth and Miriam P. Rykken to the Office of Administrative Hearings as Workers’ Compensation Judges as of June 8, 2011.
Baumgarth, of Duluth, is currently an attorney with the Office of General Counsel at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry and represents the Special Compensation Fund in workers' compensation litigation. Baumgarth was engaged in private practice with the Hanft Fride Law Firm in Duluth from 1981 to 1999. Baumgarth earned his JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, WI and his BS in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, in Platteville, WI. He also served in the United States Army and worked as a deputy sheriff before attending law school.
Baumgarth and his wife, Georgia, have lived in Duluth since 1981 and have two adult children, Jason and Jodi.
Rykken, of St. Paul, graduated magna cum laude from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota in 1976, following which she taught senior high school and thereafter assisted with the presentation of public policy seminars for the University of Minnesota. After graduation from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1987, Rykken practiced with the law firm of Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson and Hager, specializing in the area of workers' compensation. She was appointed to the Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals in 1999 to May of 2011.
Rykken and her husband, John Schulz, reside in St. Paul.
"The Office of Administrative Hearings is fortunate to have attracted candidates of such high caliber. Each of these individuals brings a significant and very diverse set of experiences and skills. Apart from their exceptional legal training and background, they have also demonstrated a commitment to community and public service throughout their careers."
-Chief Judge R.R. Krause.
The Office of Administrative Hearings is an Executive Branch agency charged with the responsibility to hold due process hearings and rule review for state agencies and local government. The OAH has seven Administrative Law Judges and 26 Worker’s Compensation Judges.
CONTACT: Susan Schleisman, Court Executive, 651-361-7833