Bankruptcy Court Information For Duluth, MN

Duluth, Minnesota 55701

Residents of Saint Louis County, Minnesota file bankruptcy in Minnesota District Bankruptcy Court

4 courthouses serve the Minnesota District Bankruptcy Court.

Three Kinds of Information You Will Need from the Court

(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date. If a link does not work, go to the home page for the court and look for the materials from there.)

Official Website of the
Minnesota District Bankruptcy Court

Official Court Website

* Home page

What you'll find there

You'll need to file your papers with one of the courthouses that serve the Minnesota District Bankruptcy Court.

Pre-COVID, you had to go to court, in person, at least once to meet with the bankruptcy trustee for your 341 hearing. During the Coronavirus pandemic, those meetings were typically done by phone or zoom. A few courts may still allow that.

Where To Start

Before you file, there are three kinds of information you'll need to get from the court's website:

1. Info on Filing Without an Attorney

Court "Pro Se" Info

Information specific to your district

You'll need information specifically about your particular court's procedures.

Fortunately, the Minnesota District Bankruptcy Court offers information specifically designed for people filing without an attorney. Virtually all courts link to the generic national information mentioned above. The Minnesota District Bankruptcy Court offers specific guidance about local procedures.

General information about how to file

If you're new to the bankruptcy process, the website of the US Courts Adminstrative Office now offers a basic orentation page for those filing bankruptcy without an attorney. The information inlcudes a Bankruptcy Basics video in English Spanish and Creole. The half hour video is split into chapters so you can go back and review parts that went by too fast the first time.

2. Local Rules

Local Rules - MN

Each court has its own rules about filing procedure, how to list creditor's names and addresses, and they tend to be fussy about it.

You must comply with the details of the process, such as filing dates, filing procedures, fees, and a myriad of other bureaucratic wonderfulness. Depending on how poorly they're written, your court's local rules probably won't make much sense to you. Don't worry. You may not be affected by most of the rules.

However, you will need to follow the rules about filing procedure and how to format the creditors' "mailing matrix" (a list of creditor's names and addresses).

Your court publishes plain-English instructions for those filing without a lawyer in the Minnesota District Bankruptcy Court . Use that first, rather than trying to read the actual rules.

How to File for BankruptcyChapters 6 and 7 of How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy offer more information on what to look for in local rules and how to ask the court clerk for the information you need as you prepare your paperwork and fill in yourforms.

3. Court Forms

Local Forms

Bankruptcy is a forms-intensive process, kind of like doing a long tax return.

The main forms you use in bankruptcy are federal forms, used nationwide in all bankruptcy courts.

Your bankruptcy court may have additional local forms for the Minnesota District Bankruptcy Court for dealing with things like the list of creditors.

Other information from the court

Most courts link to a downloadable U.S. Courts publication called "Bankruptcy Basics." This offers a decent overview of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy -- but has no information about how to actually file or fill in the mountain of forms.

Now most courts also link to a helpful YouTube video created by the Federal Courts that explains the bankruptcy process.

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Courthouses of the Minnesota District Bankruptcy Court

Saint Louis County is served by the Federal Courthouse at Duluth, MN
515 West First Street, Duluth, Minnesota 55802. (218) 529-3600


Court Website info

Street Address: 

301 Diana E. Murphy United States Courthouse
300 South Fourth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Serving Counties:

Anoka, Carver, Chippewa, Hennepin, Isanti, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Renville, Sherburne, Stearns*, Swift, Wright (*Stearns County may file in Fergus Falls or Minneapolis)

Maps: Google - Yahoo

Saint Paul

Court Website info

200 Warren E. Burger Federal Building and United States Courthouse
316 North Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55101

Serving Counties:

Benton*, Blue Earth, Brown, Chisago, Cottonwood, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Jackson, Kanabec *, Lac Qui Parle, LeSueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Mille Lacs*, Morrison*, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Pine*, Pipestone, Ramsey, Redwood, Rice, Rock, Scott, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Winona, Yellow Medicine (*These counties may file in either Duluth or St. Paul.)

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Court Website info

Street Address: 

404 Gerald W. Heaney Federal Building and
United States Courthouse and Customhouse
515 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 529-3600

Serving Counties:

Aitkin, Benton*, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Itasca, Kanabec*, Koochiching, Lake, Mille Lacs*, Morrison*, Pine*, St. Louis (* These counties may file in either Duluth or St. Paul.)

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Fergus Falls

Court Website info

Street Address: 

204 Edward J. Devitt United States Courthouse and Federal Building
118 South Mill Street
Fergus Falls, MN 56537

WARNING!!!  The Bankruptcy Court's Fergus Falls office is unstaffed.

Serving Counties:

Becker, Beltrami, Big Stone, Clay, Clearwater, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, Stearns*, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Wilkin (*Stearns County may file in Fergus Falls or Minneapolis)

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Minnesota District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

Source: The U.S Trustee Program - Minnesota List of Private Trustees by Chapter



Note: The individuals listed are private parties, not government employees.


Erik A. Ahlgren
Suie 105, Wells Fargo Center
220 W. Washington Ave.
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Phone: (218) 998-2775
Fax: (218) 998-6404


Michael S. Dietz
30 Third Street SE
P.O. Box 549
Rochester, MN 55903
Phone: (507)288-9111


Gene W. Doeling
3429 Interstate Blvd.
P.O. Box 9231
Fargo, ND 58106 -9231
Phone: (701) 232-8757
Fax: (701) 232-0624


Mary Jo A. Jensen-Carter
1257 Gun Club Road
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Phone: (651)486-7475


Nauni Jo Manty
401 Second Avenue North
Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: (612) 340-7950
Fax: (612) 746-0310


Randall Seaver
12400 Portland Avenue South, Suite 132
Burnsville, MN 55337
Phone: (952)890-0888


Joseph R. Stermer
102 N. Parkway Drive
P.O Box 514
Montevideo, MN 56265
Phone: (320) 269-6491


John R. Stoebner
120 South Sixth Street, Suite 2500
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612)338-5815


Patti J. Sullivan
1595 Selby Avenue
Suite 205
St. Paul, MN 55104
Phone: (651)699-4825


David G. Velde
1118 Broadway
Alexandria, MN 56308
Phone: (320)763-6561