Then he worked as Assistant Benton County Attorney (Benton County covers the eastern side of St. Cloud and stretches eastward to its border with Milles Lacs County) As a former resident of rural Minnesota during the early part of his legal career, he encourages "outstate" clients to contact him. He does not charge more for cases within 70 miles of his office in Minnetonka. If a case is within 160 miles, then a nominal $200 is added. The maximum to compensate for travel is $500.