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Lawrence R. Yetka

Lawrence Yetka was appointed Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court on July 3, 1973. He served twenty years on the court until madatory retirment required that he step down in 1993.

Born October 1, 1924, in Cloquet, Minnesota, Lawrence Yetka attended Cloquet public schools and then the University of Minnesota. He graduated in 1948 from the University of Minnesota Law School and opened his first law practice in 1949. 

Yetka began his career as a public servant early, serving in the Minnesota House of Representatives 1951 to 1961 and was chairman of House Judiciary Committee 1955-1961; he also chaired the State Judicial Council. 

Yetka's judicial service began in 1961, when he served as Special Municipal Judge, after which he served a Cloquet City Attorney 1964-1973. Yetka was appointed Associate Justice of Supreme Court of Minnesota July 3, 1973, and reelected subsequently until mandatory retirement required him to step down in 1993. 

Justice Yetka's public service did not end when he left the Supreme Court. Rather, he spent another fifteen years volunteering to hear conciliation court claims a few days a week at the Carleton County Courthouse. 

Justice Yetka died on November 12, 2017, in his hometown of Cloquet. 

You may read more about the life and work of Justice Yetka in the sources linked below. 

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