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Longtime Judge Retires

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When we picture our last day on the job before retirement, we may want it to be something memorable.

That's just what Judge William McLees decided to do.

As his last act as a presiding Northwest District Judge, McLees presided over a family member's wedding Saturday afternoon at Minot's Sleep Inn.

Previously, McLees sat on the Supreme Court, but practiced most of his career in his hometown of Watford City before spending the last several years on the bench in Minot.

Judge McLees thought the wedding would be a wonderful way to end his career.

(William Mclees, Judge) "Last few years I have been primarily doing weddings for family and friends, and of course that's what we have here today, but it's one area that I enjoy. In our job, obviously as a judge, your often times displeasing at least 50 percent of the people who appear in front of you, if not a higher percentage that. This is one of the more pleasurable aspects of being a judge actually, this and adoptions."

Judge McLees said he plans to spend more time with his wife and five children and practice his golf game in his retirement.

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