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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A Minnesota man was hauled into a North Dakota courtroom to pay off a court debt from more than 20 years ago.

An old warrant recently surfaced in Grand Forks for 44-year-old Kenneth Knutson, who was convicted of forgery in 1992. The minor charge was later changed to a civil judgment and Knutson, of Tenstrike, Minn., still owed $325 in restitution.

Court officials aren’t sure how the warrant surfaced in the system. But the Grand Forks Herald says it forced some juggling among court officials. Judge Sonia Clapp took herself off the case because she was the original prosecutor. Judge Lawrence Jahnke stepped in to review the paperwork and came back with three words for Knutson: “You are done.”

But not before he paid the 21-year-old bill.

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