ST. CLOUD -- The Stearns County Courthouse welcomed Andrew Pearson today, as he was sworn in as the newest Stearns County District Court Judge.

Pearson was recently an attorney at Bradshaw and Bryant. He says his time there will help with the transition to the bench.

While Pearson knows the job wont be easy, he looks forward to being able to help the community.

Family and friends gathered to show their support at today's swearing in ceremony.

Pearson replaces Thomas Knapp, who retired earlier this year.

See a video of Judge Pearson's swearing in ceremony.

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