Shawn M. Bartsh, a 1972 Harmony High School graduate, was sworn in as the Ramsey County district judge on June 13. Her sisters, Roxanne Bartsh Zimmerman, at left, and Dawn Hauge, at right, attended the ceremony and had the honor of “robing” her.  SUBMITTED PHOTO
Shawn M. Bartsh, a 1972 Harmony High School graduate, was sworn in as the Ramsey County district judge on June 13. Her sisters, Roxanne Bartsh Zimmerman, at left, and Dawn Hauge, at right, attended the ceremony and had the honor of “robing” her. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Gov. Mark Dayton appointed St. Paul attorney and Harmony graduate Shawn M. Bartsh to the position of Ramsey County district judge.

Bartsh, 58, fills the seat of retired Judge Marybeth Dorn. The appointment was announced Thursday, April 11. She was sworn into office on June 13 with her 17-year-old son, Douglas, holding the Bible and her sisters, Roxanne Bartsh Zimmerman of Zumbrota and Dawn Hauge of Rushford, placing her judges robe on her shoulders for the first time.

As a private attorney, Bartsh handled civil cases and served as an arbitrator and mediator in contested matters, according to the governor's office. Now that she has been sworn in as the Ramsey County district judge, she will no longer be practicing law.

She has served as president of the Ramsey County Bar Association and president of the Highland Business Association and the Highland District Council.

Bartsh was born on a farm outside of Dover, Minn., but graduated from Harmony High School in 1972. She attended Luther College, and then went on to law school at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. She opened her own law firm in 1993 in St. Paul.