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.

Rinke Noonan Welcomes Brian Jesse

Rinke Noonan would like to welcome the addition of Brian Jesse to our team of attorneys. Brian grew up in Sauk Rapids and is a St. Cloud State alumni where he graduated cum laude with a degree in business management. After earning his law degree from Mitchell Hamline Brian joined a small general practice in Minneapolis. He concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense and environmental law.

CMLS Seeking Full-Time Attorney

Central Minnesota Legal Services: Staff Attorney position available full time for its St. Cloud office.


Responsibilities: The staff attorney position involves service work in the areas of family law,employment law, housing, government benefits, and criminal expungement, with an emphasis on family law. The office has a commitment to service work, including litigation, community legal education and community outreach, as appropriate to client needs. Travel may be required throughout the counties served by the CMLS offices in central Minnesota.  


Background: CMLS is a 3-office program with 28 employees, providing free legal representation to low-income clients in 21 counties in central Minnesota through a staff and volunteer attorney component. The position will be in the St. Cloud office, which is located 65 miles northwest of the Twin Cities along the Mississippi River. The mission of Central Minnesota Legal Services is to advocate for access to the civil justice system for low income people by providing high quality legal services and to improve the lives of people living in poverty by empowering self-advocacy skills through legal education.


CMLS is funded primarily by a grant from the Legal Services Corporation. CMLS also has other funding sources to provide civil legal services to other low-income populations in its 21-countyservice area. CMLS enjoys a good rapport with, and strong support, from the organized bar and the local judiciary.  


Qualifications: Candidates should be licensed to practice law in Minnesota. Demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to the problems of low income and vulnerable persons. Post-law school poverty law experiences are desired although new graduates will be considered. Attorneys admitted in another state can get temporary pre-exam admission. Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle required. Ability to speak Spanish/Somali is desired but not required.


Salary: $50,000+ D.O.E. pursuant to the CMLS salary schedule. Excellent benefits.


Starting Date: As close to  June 1, 2018 as possible.  


Application Deadline: May 11, 2018 or until filled.


Mail or e-mail cover letter, resume, references and writing sample to:

Sheila Merriman


110 6th Avenue South, Suite 205

Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56301

No Phone Calls Please. CMLS is an equal opportunity employer.

Jack & Jim’s Dinner Meeting April 12th

Our April Dinner Meeting is this Thursday, April 12, 2018! We will have our meeting at Jack & Jim’s in Duelm – 5pm social (not an open bar), 5:45 dinner, 6:15-7:15 presentation.

Dinner will be a buffet of:

* Swedish Meatballs

* Glazed Honey Ham

* Honey Glazed Carrots

* Garlic Mashed Potatoes

* Macaroni Salad

* Coleslaw

* Caesar Salad

We are applying for 1 Standard CLE credit for the meeting.

The Speakers: Benton County Judges – Judge Jesse and Judge Raupp.

Presentation: Tips from the bench. The Judges will start with answering questions the SBBA Board provided them with and then will open it up to members to ask questions. So please come to the meeting with questions on hand for the Judges!

Cost of dinner is $5

Mediation Volunteers Needed

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is seeking to expand its mediation program to Central Minnesota. If you are an attorney and have an interest in assisting the department with conducting mediations on human rights discrimination issues, we’d like to hear from you.

Mediations would be held in the Saint Cloud area for a 4-hour block of time, a few times per year.

If you are interested, please contact: Peg Exley at 651-539-1096 or

Agricultural & Rural Law CLE

MSBA Sections: Agricultural & Rural Law CLE

2018 Agricultural and Rural Law Institute
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Country Inn & Suites
Mankato, MN

Join us for the 2018 Agricultural and Rural Law Institute which will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the Country Inn & Suites in Mankato, Minnesota. The MSBA Agricultural & Rural Law Section is excited to continue a tradition, now in its 27th consecutive year, of presenting recent developments and the latest hot topics in agricultural law. Come for the practical education and the opportunity to connect with friends and colleagues. We look forward to seeing you in Mankato!

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


Deadline to Register:
March 27, 2018
CLE Credits:
6.0 Standard CLE Credits approved
Event Code: 252914

Section Member: $150
Non-Section Member: $200
MSBA Members, join the Section and attend for $150 (must call to register)

Remote Participation:
Remote participation is available. Please indicate this option when registering. Instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the CLE.


8:00 – 8:30am – Check-in and Breakfast

8:15 – 8:30am – Agricultural & Rural Law Section Annual Meeting

All members or prospective members of the Section are invited to attend. Remote access is available.

8:30am – Welcome
Jared Peterson | Ag & Rural Law Section Chair, Attorney, Fafinski Mark & Johnson, New Ulm, MN

8:30 – 9:00am – Legislative Update
Bruce Kleven | Attorney, Lobbyist and Mediator, Minneapolis, MN

9:00 – 10:00am – Impacts of the 2017 Tax Bill
James Heilman | CPA, Clifton Larson Allen LLP, Mankato, MN

10:00 – 10:15am – Break

10:15 – 11:15 am – Farmland, Homesteads and Property Tax Classifications
Kaitlin Pals | Attorney, Gislason & Hunter LLP, New Ulm, MN

11:15 – 11:45am
1. Update on Regulations Relating to Dicamba Chemical Drift
Kimberly Middendorf | J.D., Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

2. Update on the Status of Minnesota’s New Buffer Law and Enforcement
Kale Van Bruggen | Attorney, Rinke Noonan, St. Cloud, MN

11:45 – 12:45pm – Buffet Lunch (provided by the Ag & Rural Law Section)

12:45 – 1:30pm – Case Law Update
Michael Dove | Attorney, Gislason & Hunter LLP, New Ulm, MN

1:30 – 2:30pm – New Trends in Farm Leases
David Bau | University of Minnesota Extension Educator, Agricultural Business Management

2:30 – 2:45pm – Break

2:45 – 3:30pm – Options when Farmland is Owned by a C Corporation
Duane Thompson | CPA, Eide Bailly LLP, Mankato, MN

3:30 – 4:00pm – Tips and Traps Relating to the New LLC Act (322C)
Melissa Cross | Attorney, Compeer Financial, Mankato, MN

4:30pm – Questions& Answers

Accommodations: If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event please notify us 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements.


600 Nicollet Mall
Suite 380
Minneapolis, MN 55402


Shawn Carlson
Section Services
(612) 278-6305