Watonwan County welcomes its newest judge to the bench.

Friday, inside the Watonwan County Courthouse, Stephen Ferrazzano officially was sworn in.

Dozens of family and friends were there for the ceremony to congratulate him on the achievement.

Judge Ferrazzano said, "It's very humbling and really that word doesn't do it justice. I feel honored, humbled, blessed, all at the same time and it's a remarkable feeling.

On November 30, Governor Dayton announced the appointments of Ferrazzano and Troy Timmerman as district judges.

Ferrazzano and Timmerman will preside over Minnesota's Fifth Judicial District which covers 15 counties in the state's southwest region.

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