judge-rykken-profile Miriam P. Rykken 
Compensation Judge

Contact Information
(651) 361-7868



Judge Rykken was appointed as a Workers’ Compensation Judge in June 2011.

Judge Rykken may be reached at (651) 361-7868 or via email at miriam.rykken@state.mn.us. Judge Rykken's Legal Assistant, Margaret Isleman, can be reached at (651) 361-7884 or via facsimile at (651) 539-0300.


  • Juris Doctorate, University of Minnesota, 1987
  • Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, 1976


  • Judge, Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals, 1999-2011
  • Attorney, Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager, P.A., 1987-1999
  • Administrative Fellow, University of Minnesota Extension Service, 1978-1985
  • Senior High School Instructor, 1976-1978

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, member of Bar Foundation Board of Directors 2000-2012
  • National Association of Women Judges, former member of Board of Directors
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, former member of Board of Directors
  • Coach and Judge, MSBA High School Mock Trial Competition
  • Community Youth Programs, City of St. Paul

Teaching Experience

  • CLE Instructor on appellate practice issues in workers' compensation