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Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota will be closed on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4, 2017.
 

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June 27, 2017

Creditors in the Gander Mountain bankruptcy case may file proofs of claim either electronically or by printing a claim to fill out and mail in to the court.  The claims filing deadline is July 17, 2017.  Please follow this link...

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June 22, 2017

It has come to our attention that bankruptcy attorneys around the country are receiving messages similar to the attached pdf.

If you receive a message and are unsure whether it originated from the court, please feel free to contact any of...

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June 19, 2017

CM/ECF will remain available throughout the day on Saturday, April 22 and voids the previous announcement.

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April 21, 2017

CM/ECF will be unavailable Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m. until approximately noon in order to perform system maintenance.

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April 20, 2017

The Judges prefer that attorneys use the following language in their proposed orders submitted with motions to value under LR 3012-(a):

This case is before the court on the motion of the debtor[s] to determine the value of the secured...

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March 28, 2017

William Jay Riley of Omaha, Nebraska, will step down as chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on March 10, 2017. He will remain in active service on the court.

Judge Riley became chief judge on April 1,...

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March 15, 2017

CM/ECF will be unavailable Saturday, March 18 from midnight to 6:00 a.m. in order to perform system maintenance.

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March 7, 2017

Amendments to Local Rules 2004-1, 2004-2, 2016-1, 3012-1 and 7041-1, Local Form 2016-1 and new Local Form 3012-1 effective March 1, 2017

Please see attached announcement for details.

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February 27, 2017

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota is recruiting for a full-time Human Resources Specialist. For complete announcement, click here.

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January 5, 2017

The Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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November 17, 2016

In September 2016, the Judicial Conference approved inflationary adjustments to certain fees on the bankruptcy court miscellaneous fee schedule. These changes will take effect December 1, 2016.

Details on the fees affected are available...

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November 7, 2016

The Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota have approved for notice and comment amendments to Local Rules 2004-1 and 3012-1 and new Local Rule 2005-1 (formerly Local Rule 2004-2). The text of the proposed rules...

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November 3, 2016

CM/ECF will be unavailable Tuesday, October 18 from 6 p.m. until approximately 10 p.m. in order to perform system maintenance.
 

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October 17, 2016

In December, the judges of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court will appoint several new members to the Bankruptcy Practice Committee. The Practice Committee meets every other month to address local rule changes and to provide input and suggestions on...

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October 12, 2016

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that the Updated Census Bureau Median Family Income Data will be available October 5, 2016.

The data will apply to bankruptcy...

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October 4, 2016

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota is recruiting for a full-time Term Law Clerk to Judge Katherine A. Constantine. The position is available August 2017 for the 2017 - 2019 term. Applications will be accepted only through...

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September 19, 2016

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota is recruiting for a full-time Term Law Clerk to Judge Michael E. Ridgway. Position available August 2017.  For complete announcement, click...

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September 13, 2016

Our website's content at http://www.mnb.uscourts.gov will be frozen for the day on Tuesday, August 30 in order to perform system maintenance. This means content that is current on Monday, August 29 will...

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August 24, 2016

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms and have asked that they be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The...

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August 18, 2016

Judicial Law Clerk to Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kathleen Sanberg. Temporary Law Clerk in Minneapolis for research and writing on the Petters matters. Applicant must have practiced bankruptcy law or have taken a bankruptcy course.  For complete...

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August 17, 2016

Proposed revisions to Local Rules and Forms posted for notice and comment

The Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota have approved for notice and comment amendments to Local Rule...

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August 15, 2016

The system maintenance work scheduled for CM during the weekends of 8/20 and 8/27 has been cancelled.

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August 8, 2016

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules has proposed amendments to Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 3015 and adoption of a new Rule 3015.1, and has asked that they be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment...

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July 22, 2016


 
On July 19, 2016, Chief Judge Kathleen Sanberg presented the 2016 Raeder Larson Public Service Award to Patti J. Sullivan and M. Andrew Urano.

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July 21, 2016

CM/ECF will be unavailable Saturday, July 16 from 5 p.m. until approximately 9 p.m. in order to perform system maintenance.

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July 11, 2016

Applications are currently being accepted for the position of Law Clerk for United States Bankruptcy Judge beginning approximately September 6, 2016. To qualify for the position of Law Clerk to a Federal Judge, a person must be a law school...

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June 20, 2016

Welcome, Judge Fisher!
On June 1, 2016, U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen administered the oath of office to new U.S. Bankruptcy Judge William J. Fisher. Below is information on staffing and case assignment procedures implemented in the...

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June 1, 2016

The Judges of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota have designated Judge Kathleen H. Sanberg as Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota, effective June 1, 2016, for a...

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May 24, 2016

The Honorable William Jay Riley, Chief Judge of the Eighth Circuit, announced the court has appointed Hennepin County District Judge William J. Fisher of Minneapolis, Minnesota, as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Minnesota. ...

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May 10, 2016

The Bankruptcy Judges' rules for telephonic court appearances have been modified and updated. See the updated web page for details.
 

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April 22, 2016

REMINDER: online registration for the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference will close on April 18

See attached for details.

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April 14, 2016

On April 1, 2016, automatic adjustments will be made to dollar amounts in the Bankruptcy Code, Title 28, and some official and local bankruptcy forms and instructions. The adjustments will apply to cases filed on or after April 1, 2016.

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March 23, 2016

Beginning March 7, 2016, both pro se AND represented debtors in cases filed with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota may elect to receive email notification of court orders and court-generated notices, rather than...

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March 7, 2016

The Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota have approved for notice and comment amendments to Local Rule 8009-1. The text of the proposed rule is available ...

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February 22, 2016

See attachment below for complete details.

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February 4, 2016

CM/ECF will be unavailable from Thursday, January 28 at 11 pm through Friday, January 29 at 3 am for system upgrades.

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January 25, 2016

The Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota have approved for notice and comment amendments to Local Rule 2016-1(a) and to paragraph 6 of Local Form 1007-1 and paragraphs 2 and 7 of Local Form 2016-1. The text...

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January 6, 2016

On December 18, 2015, the President signed into law a four-year extension of the National Guard and Reservist Debt Relief Act of 2008, Pub. L. No. 110-438.1 The Act amends Section 707(b)(2)(D) of the Bankruptcy Code to provide a temporary...

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December 30, 2015

Certain versions of Adobe Acrobat and other PDF editing software allow the user to save a fillable form after data has been entered, and to edit that information at a future date. If a form with saved data is filed electronically (through CM/ECF...

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December 28, 2015

The new bankruptcy petition document, including the petition and all schedules and statements, can be 50 or more pages. Therefore, the fee for a copy of the bankruptcy petition will be updated as follows, effective January 1, 2016:

1. For...

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December 28, 2015

The Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Thursday, December 24, Friday, December 25, Thursday, December 31, 2015 and Friday, January 1, 2016. Please note that December 24 and December 31 are not considered legal holidays for purposes of time...

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December 17, 2015

We now have six days experience with the new forms.  Some attorneys are confused about which forms to use, so the following attempts to clarify the court’s requirements: 

  • Use of the new official bankruptcy forms is ...
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December 8, 2015

CM/ECF will be unavailable from Monday, November 30 at 2 pm through Tuesday, December 1 at 2 am for system upgrades in connection with the new official bankruptcy forms that take effect December 1, 2015.

The Bankruptcy...

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November 19, 2015

The United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Minnesota will be modifying the local forms on the court's website between November 16, 2015 and December 1, 2015. The content of the forms will remain largely unchanged, but the format of the forms...

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November 17, 2015

The Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2015. Please note that November 27 is not considered a legal holiday for purposes of time computation under FRBP 9006.

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November 9, 2015

Certain local rule and form amendments will take effect December 1, 2015, as summarized below:

Amendments to Local Rules 1005-1, 1007-1(c), 1009-1(b) and (c), 1019-1(a)(1) and (b), 2016-1(d)(1)(i), 3015-2(b), 4008-1(b) change form and...

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November 5, 2015

A sophisticated phone scam is targeting bankruptcy filers in several states, using personal information from filings and posing as attorneys to get intended victims to immediately wire money to satisfy a debt.

The National Association of...

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October 21, 2015

Most Official Bankruptcy Forms are scheduled to be replaced with substantially revised, reformatted, and renumbered versions, effective December 1, 2015.

These new forms are part of a forms modernization project that began in 2008. The...

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October 6, 2015

In December, the judges of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court will appoint several new members to the Bankruptcy Practice Committee. The Practice Committee meets every other month to address local rule changes and to provide input and suggestions on...

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October 6, 2015

In December, the judges of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court will appoint several new members to the Bankruptcy Practice Committee. The Practice Committee meets every other month to address local rule changes and to provide input and suggestions on...

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October 5, 2015

Most Official Bankruptcy Forms are scheduled to be replaced with substantially revised, reformatted, and renumbered versions, effective December 1, 2015.

These new forms are part of a forms modernization project that began in 2008. The...

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October 5, 2015

See attachment below for complete details.

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October 2, 2015

The CM/ECF system is currently unavailable. We are experiencing an issue with our centralized server. You may be able to look at a docket, but you are not able to file. We will update this notification as soon as CM/ECF becomes available....

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August 27, 2015

The United States Bankruptcy Court is soliciting quotations for the Courtroom 7 West Video Systems Upgrade Project.
Attached please find a Request For Quotation (RFQ). The deadline to submit quotations is Thursday, September 3, 2015 @ 12:...

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August 25, 2015

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Bankruptcy and Evidence Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The proposed amendments,...

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August 19, 2015

Chief Judge William J. Riley is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric W. Brust to the position of Circuit Librarian for the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit. Eric Brust took the oath of office in the U.S. Courthouse in Saint Louis...

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August 12, 2015

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit seeks applications from highly qualified candidates for a fourteen-year appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Minnesota. The position is headquartered in St....

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July 29, 2015

At a ceremony on July 14, Eagan attorney Ronald J. Lundquist and Duluth attorney Peter C. Greenlee were awarded the 2015 Raeder Larson Public Service Award. Congratulations, Ron and Pete!

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July 17, 2015

The United States Bankruptcy Court is soliciting quotations for document conversion services.
Attached please find the Request For Quotation (RFQ). The deadline to submit quotations is
Wednesday, July 29, @ 11:00 a.m. C.S.T.

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July 15, 2015

CM/ECF will be unavailable from 6:00pm until 11:00pm Monday, July 20 as the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Minnesota conducts planned system maintenance.

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July 14, 2015

On Friday, June 26, 2015, a new case upload filing option will be available for certificates of credit counseling for a joint debtor in CM/ECF. This option is not required, but will be available when the debtors’ certificates are...

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June 24, 2015

The Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota have approved for notice and comment proposed new Local Rule 2016-1(e) and amendments to Local Rule 3015-2(b) and Local Form 1007-1. ...

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June 18, 2015

The text of the new and amended local rules is available here.

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April 29, 2015

The Bankruptcy Court is committed to providing excellent service to all of our customers. To further that endeavor, we would appreciate your participation in this brief customer service survey. The survey results and your comments will be used by...

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April 27, 2015

The Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota have approved for notice and comment proposed Local Form 3012-1, an Order Granting Motion to Release Lien. Read more.

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April 22, 2015

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit is seeking applications from highly qualified candidates for a fourteen-year appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of South Dakota.

The position will have...

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April 21, 2015

CM/ECF will be unavailable from 6pm on Friday, April 10 until 11:59pm on Saturday, April 11 while we do some planned system maintenance.

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April 8, 2015

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota is now taking applications for a term law clerk, closing May 1, 2015.  Please see attached PDF for full details.

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February 5, 2015

The Notice will be permanently posted to the court's website under Judges ⇒Opinions ⇒ Notice re: Home Mortgage Loan Modification.

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January 27, 2015

The Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota have approved for notice and comment amendments to Local Rules 2016-1(d) and 9013-2(c) and new Local Rule 9019-2. The text of the proposed rule changes is available...

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January 14, 2015

The Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Thursday, December 25; Friday, December 26, 2014;  Thursday, January 1 and Friday, January 2, 2015. Please note that December 26 and January 2 are not considered legal holidays for purposes of time...

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December 15, 2014

The following summary of changes of BOTH LOCAL AND NATIONAL rules, forms and fees is provided solely as a convenience to attorneys and parties participating in bankrutptcy cases and proceedings in the District of Minnesota and is not intened as a...

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November 26, 2014

The recent technical issues with CM/ECF have been resolved and normal access has been restored. Thank you for your patience.

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November 19, 2014

There are slowness issues with our CM/ECF server and we are looking into it. We will post another message when the issue is resolved. Thanks for your patience.

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November 19, 2014

The Bankruptcy Court will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28, 2014.

Please note that Friday, November 28 is not considered a legal holiday for purposes of time computation under FRBP 9006.

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November 17, 2014

The Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota have approved for notice and comment an amendment to Local Rule 4001-1 and new Local Forms 4001-2(a) and 2(b). See ...

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September 25, 2014

Effective October 1, 2014, the Duluth office of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota will officially assume all case processing duties for Fergus Falls bankruptcy cases and proceedings....

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September 25, 2014

In December, the judges of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court will appoint several new members to the Bankruptcy Practice Committee. The Practice Committee meets every other month to address local rule changes...

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September 23, 2014

On August 29, 2014, Karen Krouch, calendar clerk to Judge Ridgway, will retire after 36 years of federal service, the last 31 of those years with the Bankruptcy Court. Congratulations, Karen!

Minneapolis

In...

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August 22, 2014

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules has proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and related forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar and public for comment. The...

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August 20, 2014

The Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota have approved for notice and comment new Local Rule 2015-1.1 and amendments to Local Rules 1007-2, 4004-1 and 9013-3. See the...

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July 23, 2014

Starting July 1, 2014, all FERGUS FALLS trials and evidentiary hearings not already scheduled will require the submission of electronic evidence. Please note that this is for Judge Ridgway's FERGUS FALLS cases and proceedings ONLY.

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June 9, 2014

The following filing fees will take effect on June 1, 2014:

  • Chapter 7: $335.00
  • Chapter 9: $1,717.00
  • Chapter 11: $1,717.00
  • Chapter 12: $275.00
  • Chapter 13: $310.00
  • Chapter...
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May 20, 2014

Section 341(a) meetings of creditors scheduled on and after July 1, 2014 in cases assigned to Standing Chapter 13 Trustee Gregory Burrell will be held in Room 1017 of the United States Courthouse, 300 South Fourth Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota...

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May 7, 2014

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Minnesota CM/ECF filing system will be unavailable Saturday, May 3rd from 9:30pm - 11:30pm for system maintenance.

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May 1, 2014

Local Rule and Form Amendments effective May 1, 2014. Click here for more information.

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April 29, 2014

Timing of filing motions to confirm post-confirmation modified plans: Local Rule 3015-2(b) and FRBP 3015(g) require that the party filing a motion for post-confirmation modification of a chapter 13 plan give 21 days' notice by mail of the time...

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April 21, 2014

Read the announcement for complete details.

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April 16, 2014

On April 30, 2014, Nancy Brill, calendar clerk to Judge Constantine, will retire after 32 years of federal service. Congratulations, Nancy!
Sandy McMackins will officially assume calendar duties for Judge Constantine on May 1, and has...

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April 16, 2014

The Bankruptcy Court Clerk's Office in Duluth is temporarily closed. Please phone the Clerk's office in St. Paul or Minneapolis should you need assistance

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April 15, 2014

The educational program for lawyers and judges will include a full day of breakout sessions on bankruptcy law and procedure, with emphasis on Eighth Circuit and local precedent. Read the...

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April 11, 2014

The United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Minnesota is accepting applications from qualified applicants for a full-time Programmer Analyst. Read the official posting.

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March 21, 2014

The United States Trustee Program (USTP) has established procedures for independent audit firms to audit petitions, schedules, and other information in consumer bankruptcy cases, as authorized by the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer...

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February 24, 2014

CM/ECF will be down for server maintenance on Tuesday, February 18, 6am until 7am.

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February 12, 2014

Law Clerk to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kathleen H. Sanberg. Read more.

Posted Date:
January 31, 2014

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