Senator Jen McEwen Statement on the Passing of Judge Sally Tarnowski

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — On Monday, St. Louis County Judge Sally Tarnowski was killed in an accident while in Florida.  Senator Jen McEwen (DFL-Duluth) offered the following statement about Tarnowski. 

“I am shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Judge Tarnowski. I came to know Judge Tarnowski while working as a law clerk and then as a public defender at the Duluth Courthouse. She was a formidable presence in the courtroom, and a mentor who reached out to give a hand up to female colleagues in the legal field, including me. I particularly admired Judge Tarnowski’s efforts to help keep people out of incarceration through mental health treatment court and rehabilitation programs. Her death is a significant loss for our community.”


Jen McEwen represents Senate District 8 which covers the community of Duluth.

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