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Kinser joins Ahlquist & Wiltrout law firm

Aaron Kinser stands in front of his framed diplomas in his new office at Ahlquist & Wiltrout LLP. (Beth Rickers/Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON — People used to tell Aaron Kinser that he’d make a good lawyer, and he didn’t always take that as a compliment.

But now — lawyer jokes aside — he’s proud to be part of the legal profession. Kinser recently joined the legal staff at Ahlquist & Wiltrout law firm, 419 Ninth St.

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Originally from San Bernardino, Calif., Kinser did his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he met wife-to-be Jensine, who hails from Sioux Falls, S.D. BYU was also where his future career was cemented.

“At BYU, I was told by several professors that they could see me going into law,” he said. “So when I started looking at law schools, as much as I love California, I didn’t want to live there, so Minnesota was my top choice. We wanted to be close to Jensine’s family — not in their backyard, but close enough for a manageable weekend trip.”

With his diploma from the University of Minnesota School of Law, Kinser was hired as a law clerk in Marshall. During his tenure there, he heard about the opening at Ahlquist & Wiltrout.

“I was attending a bar convention event, and Joel (Wiltrout) mentioned they were having trouble finding someone who wanted to come to a small town 10 miles from the Iowa border,” Kinser related.

But a smaller community was just what the Kinsers were looking for to raise their family — three boys and one girl, ages 6, 5, 3 and 1. Worthington was close to Jensine’s family, and Ahlquist & Wiltrout was also the type of law practice that appealed to Kinser.

“It’s mostly civil law,” he said. “I enjoy doing a lot of different things. … I enjoy the smaller practice. I never wanted to be in a big downtown Minneapolis firm. That’s not for me. And I like the flexibility, so if something’s going on with my kids at school, I can be there.”

Kinser anticipates that his work at Ahlquist & Wiltrout will include a lot of real estate transactions —something he recently had personal experience with as he and Jensine have purchased a home in Worthington.

In his spare time, the tall lawyer likes to play basketball and is an “ardent” fan of the BYU football and basketball teams.

Kinser can be reached at the Ahlquist & Wiltrout offices, 372-2322.

Beth Rickers

Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  

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