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Published September 09, 2013, 09:36 PM

Judge Borgen steps down

Clay County, MN (WDAY TV) - Shocking news out of Clay County Monday: Minnesota's seventh Judiciary District judge Lisa Borgen is stepping down.

Clay County, MN (WDAY TV) - Shocking news out of Clay County Monday: Minnesota's seventh Judiciary District judge Lisa Borgen is stepping down.

She's been a powerhouse in our area's legal system, and will stay in the area, accepting a job with Vogel Law Firm in Moorhead.

This is one of the courthouses Judge Lisa Borgen called home for the last eight years as a district judge. It'll still be somewhat like home, but from a different perspective.

WDAY was there the day Lisa Borgen went from Clay County Attorney to Judge Borgen. For eight years, she wore the black robe and resided over countless cases.

Judge Lisa Borgen- Minnesota Seventh Judiciary District: "I miss playing the game. I've been the referee for eight years and I'm ready to get back at it."

She'd change the way our local court system works: An innovator, creating a slough of specialty courts. Veteran's Court is starting up. There's now domestic violence court and she oversaw the start of drug court in Clay and Becker Counties.

Retired Moorhead Police Officer Bob Larson has the highest praise for Borgen. He remembers working side-by-side with a dedicated, tough-as-nails prosecuting attorney, and then after retiring, he helped with drug court.

Bob Larson- Retired Moorhead PD: "She wanted them to do their best and we weren't always successful, but we did better than just about anyone else in Minnesota with our success rate, and a lot of it had to do with Judge Borgen's ability."

Borgen officiated in Clay County the night same-sex marriage became legal. She started out as a defense attorney, got elected to County Prosecutor and then Judge. So, why leave what many see as the pinnacle position?

Borgen: “I don't think it's very typical, but I don't think I've ever been very typical. I like doing something different. I like the change. I think it'll be a great experience for me and I think it'll be kind of awkward when I come back and appear in court."

Borgen says she'll be able to see a case from all angles now and feels it'll help a lot in this next step in her life.

Her last day here as Judge is November 1st.

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