Legal Assistant Opening

Central Minnesota Legal Services-St. Cloud Office

Full-time position in our St. Cloud office. Duties include client intake; compiling reports using office case management system; client intake; drafting legal documents; referrals to community services; and other duties as assigned. Microsoft Word & Outlook experience a plus. Familiarity with electronic case management systems. Salary: D.O.E. Excellent benefits. Resume, references, and cover letter by May 10, 2019. (late applications accepted until filled), specifying interest and skills to Sheila Merriman, CMLS, 110 6th Avenue South, Suite 205, 56301. No calls please. EOE.

Associate Attorney

REICHERT WENNER, P.A., a general practice law firm in St. Cloud, MN is seeking a lateral associate with at least five years’ experience in an area that would enhance the firm’s already well-established estate planning, business planning, probate, family law, employment, real estate and civil litigation practices.  The candidate should have strong research, writing and client communication skills.  Please submit a cover letter, resume, references, writing sample and salary expectations to  All applications will be kept confidential.

Vacancy in the Seventh Judicial District


March 25, 2019

Contact: Teddy Tschann


Commission on Judicial Selection Announces Vacancy in the Seventh Judicial District

 [ST. PAUL, MN] – The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today that a judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District. The vacancy will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable Frederick L. Grunke and will be chambered at St. Cloud in Stearns County.

The Commission is searching for fair, experienced, and civic-minded individuals to serve on the bench and offer their talents and services to Minnesota’s judicial system. The following qualities will be considered for judicial office: integrity, maturity, health (if job related), judicial temperament, legal knowledge, ability, experience, and community service. The application process is now open for this vacancy.

An individual wishing to apply may request an application by contacting Carl Dennis, Judicial Appointments Coordinator, via e-mail at A cover letter and resume should also be submitted with the application. Application materials are due by close of business on Monday, April 15, 2019 and should be addressed to the Chair of the Commission, Ms. Lola Velazquez-Aguilu. Interviews are scheduled to be held on Monday, May 6, 2019. 

For inquiries concerning the application process, please Carl Dennis at or at (651) – 201 – 3433.

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