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Retired Ramsey County Judge Dickinson dies

The Star Tribune reported that A. James Dickinson died at his home in St. Paul after a battle with pancreatic cancer on Saturday.

The Star Tribune said he was 67, the Pioneer Press said he was 68.

District Judge Peg Marrinan called him "a gentleman of the old school - courtly, gentle, kind and a fine judge," the Star Tribune reported.

The Pioneer Press said Dickinson earned his law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1965 and worked at the law firm Stringer & Rohleder until 1997.

Gov. Arne Carlson appointed Dickinson to the Ramsey County bench in 1997 said the Pioneer Press.