New associates at Rajkowski Hansmeier

Paul Storm and Jessica Thyen have joined Rajkowski Hansmeier as its newest associate attorneys.  Paul will be primarily practicing in the areas of municipal law and insurance defense. Jessica will be primarily practicing in the area of estate planning.

Kale Van Bruggen – New Rinke Noonan, Ltd. Shareholder

Rinke Noonan Law Firm, one of the largest and most comprehensive law firms located in Central Minnesota, is excited to announce Kale R. Van Bruggen has been elected shareholder of the firm effective August 1, 2018. Kale is a native of Litchville, North Dakota, where he was raised on his family’s farm. He graduated magna cum laude from North Dakota State University and with highest honors from Drake University Law School. Kale joined Rinke Noonan in 2012 and focuses his practice in Agricultural and Environmental Law. He is licensed to practice in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa. Kale also serves as Vice President of the James Arthur Albert Foundation, a nonprofit organization that builds classrooms and provides scholarships for Belize children to attend school. ​Rinke Noonan Law Firm represents a diverse group of business, financial, governmental, and individual clients throughout the upper Midwest.

Supreme Court’s Order inviting comments…

The following link is from the Supreme Court’s Order inviting comments on the Petition from the MSBA to permit third year law students to sit for the February bar exam. The effect of this would be that law students would study for and take the bar exam during their final year of school, even before graduating. Everyone with thoughts on the matter is invited and encouraged to submit their comments to the Court.

A Letter from Seveth Judicial District Court Administration

Dear Justice Partner,

Re: Document Acceptance Team

Protecting the integrity of the court record is at the heart of the Minnesota Judicial Branch’s mission.  That is why the Seventh Judicial Branch is undertaking a major statewide reengineering initiative aimed at better securing the court record, and ensuring court documents are shared and protected in accordance with law, policies, and court rules.

The initiative center on the process of assigning the appropriate security classifications to court documents.  These security classifications determine the accessibility of court documents  — whether they are available to the public at courthouse terminals or counters, whether they are shared with justice partners through Minnesota Government Access, or whether they are confidential and not accessible to the public.

Through a plan approved by the Minnesota Judicial Council, each judicial district has established specialized document acceptance teams (DATs).  The DATs are comprised of staff dedicated to accepting, reviewing, and classifying electronically filed documents.  This allows DAT staff to develop expertise in the complex rules that govern document security classification, and to spend more of their time becoming proficient in this important work.  Best practices have been developed for use by district DAT teams and will ensure consistent practices for the document security work they preform.

The Seventh Judicial District’s DAT consists of 20 staff selected from across the district.  This team will have sole responsibility for accepting, reviewing, and classifying electronically filed documents throughout the district starting July 30th.  This district wide approach will leverage existing technology and our statewide case management system to provide a consistent approach to classifying electronically filed documents.

This change will not impact how you currently conduct your business with the courts and you are encouraged to continue to communicate with your local courts as necessary.  You will also continue to use EFS to file documents, and to continue to be responsible for protecting the privacy of restricted identifiers and financial source documents as set out by Rule 11 of the General Rules of Practice.  As we strive to ensure a consistent approach to document classification, you may initially experience an increase in deficiency notices as we bring disparate practices across the district into alignment.

If you have concerns or comments about this major re-engineering initiative, feel free to contact me.

Yours Sincerely,

George A. Lock

Court Administrator, 725 Courthouse Square, St. Cloud, MN 56303, #320-656-3625

Summertime by George – Save the Date!

Summertime by George will be the night of Aug. 1, 2018, 5-9pm!!

You will get vouchers to use at the vendors of your choosing for food.  There will also be beer, wine, & pop to drink.  Make sure to RSVP for yourself and your family!  RSVP to

The band playing will be:

Collective Unconscious

Presented by Bremer Bank
Genre: The Band – The Last Waltz

Collective Unconscious is a group of musicians who believe in making good music, whether it be their own originals or covers. CU has packed houses throughout Minnesota with their jam-based acoustic and electric music.

CU has garnered a reputation for mounting special shows including the Beatles’ Abbey Road, the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s Deja Vu. and The Band’s Last Waltz

Member Applications Due August 30, 2018

Make sure to fill out your SBBA membership application and send it in with dues by August 30, 2018.  You can find the application on the home page of our website as well as under the Membership Information tab and at the bottom of this post.  I have also emailed out applications to those who are currently members.

2018-19 Membership Application

If you have any questions please Contact Us.

SBBA Election & Picnic this Friday – Come Vote!!

The SBBA election for Secretary-Treasurer will be held this Friday, during the May 18th Picnic at the Riverside Park in St. Cloud, 11:45am – 1:00pm. Voting will run from 11:45am-12:15pm. If you want to vote make sure to attend the picnic during this time period. At 12:15pm the ballots will be counted and the new treasurer will be announced at 12:30pm.

We will have Famous Daves catering:

* Pulled Chicken

* Brisket

* Pork

* Potato Salad

* Coleslaw

* Wilbur Beans

* Corn Niblets

Cost of lunch is $5. Save the date and make sure to come put in your vote! 

We have two candidates to choose from:

Luke T Godzala – Assistant Stearns County Attorney in the Criminal Division

Wendy Sturm – Assistant Public Defender in the 7th District, primarily serving Stearns County


Jeddeloh & Snyder, PA Seeking Associate Attorney

JEDDELOH & SNYDER, PA, a general practice law firm in St. Cloud, MN has an immediate opening for an associate attorney.  Practice areas include civil (transactional and litigation), family law, probate, and guardianship/conservatorship.  The candidate should have strong research, writing and client communication skills.

Submit cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

Become a Mediator Training

Conflict Resolution Center Presents:

Become a Mediator

Certified 30-Hour 5 day Mediation Training

In Mediation Training you will:
·Learn skills to remain neutral in challenging situations
·Learn to reframe destructive communication into productive communication.
·Help individuals in conflict reach creative, mutually-satisfactory outcomes
·Understand conflict styles, become an active listener, manage impasse, and identify power imbalances.
·Work out solutions to everyday conflicts in your personal and work life. (Your employer may pay for mediation training)
·Become a qualified neutral under Minnesota law.
Dates: August 1-3 and 6- 7
355 5th Ave S
St. Cloud, MN
Professional Credits:
30 Alternative Dispute Resolution Credits (ADR):
includes 2 Ethics Credits
30 SHRM Professional Development Credits
Presented by the Conflict Resolution Center St Cloud in partnership with the
Center for Continuing Studies, St. Cloud State University

Rinke Noonan Seeking Associate Attorney

Rinke Noonan, a large outstate AV rated law firm seeks Associate with 1 – 3 years of experience to practice in the areas of business transactions, estate planning, and complex real estate. Work, train, and learn with experienced attorneys in a collaborative and professional atmosphere. Competitive salary, with 100% employer paid family medical and dental.

Interested persons should provide a cover letter, resume and law school transcript to:

Rinke Noonan, Attention: Ann Entenmann, P.O. Box 1497, St. Cloud, MN 56302.