MNB seal United States Bankruptcy Court
District of Minnesota
Clerk's Offices
Duluth Fergus Falls
Minneapolis St. Paul



January 3, 2012 Wisconsin Bankruptcy Judge Vacancy
November 14, 2011 Bankruptcy Judge Vacancy

Bankruptcy Judge Application (Word)
Bankruptcy Judge Application (PDF)

All signature pages in the application form require an ORIGINAL SIGNATURE, not an electronic signature
November 04, 2011 Changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Official Bankruptcy Forms effective December 1, 2011
November 11, 2011 Changes to Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule effective November 1, 2011
September 28, 2011 Court to Discontinue Sending Proof of Claim Form October 1, 2011
August 25, 2011 Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment - August 2011
November 11, 2011 CM/ECF Is Operational

The 4.1 conversion is complete and normal filing can resume. See the 4.1 newsletter for information about the new password requirement as well as other new 4.1 features. 4.1 video training materials.
July 7, 2011 Updated Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing Information
April 1, 2011 Notice Re: Calendar of Chief Judge Gregory F. Kishel for Matters Venued in Fifth Division at Duluth, MN
February 17, 2011 Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure published for public comment through February 16, 2011
January 1, 2011 Two Changes to Case Processing Will be Implemented Immediately
January 1, 2011 IMPORTANT - CM/ECF Electronic Noticing Delivery Problem
May 13, 2010 Privacy Advisory
May 13, 2010 New Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing Options Available through the E-Mail Link Service
May 11, 2010 Exhibit D to the petition required in all individual cases
May 11, 2010 Amendment to Local Rule 3015-2(b) Effective Immediately
May 11, 2010 Important Security notice regarding the use of the Firefox RECAP application
May 11, 2010 New Local Rule 4001-1 and Amendment to Local Rule 4004-1
May 11, 2010 Pending Chapter 11 Report Returns
May 11, 2010 CD and Diskette Filings Eliminated:
Effective June 1, 2009, all documents filed by attorneys in cases and adversary proceedings must be electronically filed through ECF only
May 11, 2010 Important Notice Regarding Time Period Changes Effective December 1, 2009, Including 14-Day Deadlines for Filing Schedules, Statements, Chapter 13 Plans, and Bankruptcy Appellate Briefs

Among the time-computation amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure that will take effect on December 1, 2009, are changes to 12 rules that will result in a reduction by one day(from 15 to 14 days) of the time to take action. The affected rules are Bankruptcy Rules 1007, 1019,1020, 2015, 2015.1, 2016, 3015, 4001, 4002, 6004, 6007, and 8009. Please take note of these changes and particularly of the new 14-day deadline for filing schedules, statements, and other documents under Rule 1007(c); for filing a chapter 13 plan under Rule 3015(b); and for filing appellate briefs under Rule 8009(a). For more detailed information on the rule changes, see the Summary of Time Computation Amendments to the Federal and Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.
May 11, 2010 Adjustments To Certain Dollar Amounts In The Bankruptcy Code and Official Forms
August 21, 2009
CM 3.3.2 Update Information
December 1, 2009 Required Reaffirmation Forms
October 13, 2009
Fergus Falls operations:

Fergus Falls Bankruptcy Court Clerk's Office employees Delores Campbell and Suzy Johnson retired this past Friday after many years of dedicated service. We will miss them! Case administrator Sue Rocholl will continue to capably staff the Fergus Falls Clerk's Office until that office is closed. A definite closing date has not yet been established. To assist Sue with the Fergus Falls caseload, some case processing will be handled by employees in the Twin Cities offices. Nancy Brill, Calendar Clerk to Judge O'Brien, will handle calendaring matters for Fergus Falls cases and adversary proceedings and can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at 651-848-1051. Phone inquiries concerning Fergus Falls cases can be directed to any of the four Clerk's Offices in the District.
August 21, 2009
CM 3.3.2 Update Information
August 4, 2009
July 2009 Chapter 13 dates
July 24, 2009
Proposed new Local Rule 4001-1 and Local Form 4001-1 posted for notice and comments
July 24, 2009
Proposed new Local Rule 4004-1(a) and Local Form 4004-1 posted for notice and comment
April 17, 2009 Images of the St. Paul Courthouse Renovation, Image 1, Image 2, Image 3
April 10, 2009 New rules and amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure to take effect December 1, 2008
April 10, 2009 Amended and New Forms Effective December 2008
April 10, 2009 Proposed revision to Local Rule 3015-2(b) posted for notice and comment
April 10, 2009 Pro Hac Vice Form and Rule changes effective immediately
April 10, 2009 National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008
April 14, 2008
February 22, 2008
March 3, 2008
March 3, 2008 New Chapter 11 Quarterly Fees
February 19, 2008 Proposed revision to Local Rule 2016-1(d) posted for notice and comment
October 25, 2004
Chapter 12 is back!

On Monday, October 25, 2004, President Bush signed into law a bill retroactively extending Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code for 18 months from January 1, 2004 until July 1, 2005.
August 25, 2004

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court is currently in the process of migrating from its Electronic Records System (ERS) to the Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system. This transition is currently internal and does not affect ERS filing. The move to the CM/ECF system will occur sometime after March 2005. The Court will periodically update users on the transition and will offer both online and hands-on training for attorneys and their staff to ensure a smooth conversion.

Please note that the Court’s home page includes resources for both ERS and CM/ECF and they are different filing systems. The Court currently uses ERS only and CM/ECF information is provided as a training tool in preparation for the transition to CM/ECF next year. An interactive training program “ECF 101" is currently available under the CM/ECF drop-down menu. The program is designed to familiarize attorneys and staff with CM/ECF. Additional training materials will be posted in the fall.
July 30, 2004
Diskette Filing (Updated)
April 19, 2004

The Bankruptcy Court has traditionally served interested parties to a contested matter or adversary proceeding with paper copies of all orders. However, all documents, including orders, are now available electronically on the court's website. Thus, in certain circumstances, the court will soon begin serving parties with a Notice of Entry of Order rather than an actual copy of the order. The Notice of Entry of Order will identify the order, the date the order was entered and the document number of the order on the docket. Parties can access the actual text of the order through the Court's website at

The Notice of Entry of Order will be served through the court's noticing center. Due to increased time for processing and mailing from the noticing center, approximately four days may elapse between the date of entry of the order and parties' receipt of the notice. In cases of time-sensitivity, counsel and parties may monitor the court's website for entry of the order, after a hearing or deadline for objection.

April 15, 2004

Judge Dreher is implementing a new calendaring system for motions for relief from stay. Attorneys will no longer need to contact the calendar clerk for a hearing date. Motions for relief from stay will be scheduled each Thursday at 2:30 pm (except Thursdays that are holidays). Attorneys can select their own hearing date(s), which must be at least 14 days after the date of service of their motion. BE ADVISED THAT THIS NEW PROCEDURE APPLIES ONLY TO JUDGE DREHER'S CASES. If you have any questions regarding this new procedure, please contact Judge Dreher's calendar clerk, Kristin, at 612-664-5261.
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Out-of-State Attorneys
February 11, 2004
If you are an out-of-state attorney and planning to file documents in Minnesota please read Out-of-State Filing Instructions. We require all attorneys to complete test filings before becoming certified in our Electronic Records System (ERS). A registration form, as well as detailed filing instructions and sample documents, can be found on the home page at How to become an ERS Registered Participant.
January 7, 2004
Instant online registration for Pacer System
November, 2003
ERS Newsletter (transition from ERS to CM/ECF)
December 1, 2003
New Privacy-Related Changes effective December 1, 2003.
November 1, 2003
ERS Fees Increase effective November 1, 2003.