Rajkowski Hansmeier is proud to welcome its newest associate attorney, Katherine Fossey!

Kate is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School. Kate has practiced in Cambridge for 4 years. Congratulations Kate!

Minnesota StandDown 2012

Stearns County has hosted a special session of Court for Minnesota Veterans in October of each year for the last several years.  The purpose of the court session is to assist Minnesota Veterans resolve outstanding criminal issues and this year’s Minnesota StandDown is scheduled for October 26th .

What actually happens at StandDown?  The Chief Justice appoints a Judge to preside over the session with the authority to resolve cases from any of the 87 Minnesota Counties.   Once the registration is received from a participant, it is reviewed by staff to determine eligibility.   Court staff request file information from the counties where the original offenses have been filed and create a court “file” for use by the defense counsel and the court.  Many of our participants have multiple charges pending in multiple counties – this unique court provides them the opportunity to deal with these issues and move forward.  Prosecuting attorneys are present for the Stearns County jurisdictions; the Stearns County Attorney has always agreed to handle the prosecution for cases outside Stearns County.  Court participants generally arrive by van starting at about 8:30 in the morning.   They have traditionally met with an attorney and discussed their matters.  The defense counsel then have conferred with an assigned prosecutor and the matter gets moved into the courtroom.  Depending on how many registrants there are, one judge is sufficient to handle the calendar.  Judge Grunke is the Stearns County Judge who volunteered to preside over the calendar this year.   Most often our calendar is concluded by 2:00.

Last year several attorneys volunteered their time to assist with this endeavor and their participation was greatly valued by all the participants.  There is again a need for counsel for the participants for the Court session to be held this year and it is our hope that with your assistance we will be able to have the legal representation provided through volunteer attorneys from the Bar Association.

Registration is just starting so we do not have any idea on the number of participants, for this year but with the increased number of returning veterans and those from past eras I would anticipate that we would need 4 – 5 attorneys assistance.

If you are able to assist with this very important endeavor please feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail.

Susan G. Wegman
Stearns County District Court
Court Ops Supv


( 320-656-3621 (Fax 320-656-6335)

You are cordially invited to attend…

Anna Marie’s Alliance

Safety Today…Hope Tomorrow

3rd Annual Benefit Breakfast

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Please arrive by 7:20am as the program will begin

promptly at 7:30 and conclude by 8:30

Kelly Inn

100 Fourth Avenue South, Saint Cloud, MN


During this one hour event we will share our stories of hope and our vision for violence free communities tomorrow.  There is no cost to attend the breakfast. Enjoy the chef’s specialty egg bake, fruit & a muffin.  Guests will be asked to consider making a charitable gift to support Anna Marie’s Alliance mission.

R.S.V.P.  bestey@nfclaw.com



SBBA Proudly Sponsors “Domestic Violence – Through a Child’s Eyes”

The Stearns County Domestic Violence Partnership* (Child Trauma Task Force subcommittee) is thrilled to announce a NEW COMMUNITY EVENT on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 1 p.m.- 6 p.m. at the St. Cloud Library (Mississippi Room) to highlight available services and programs for children (and families) who are at risk for and/or have been exposed to domestic violence.


The event’s purpose is to build a connection with children and families experiencing domestic violence and to demonstrate that help is available and makes a difference for children at risk or previously exposed to domestic violence.   Multiple service providers and programming vendors will be present with information to aid and benefit this underserved population.  The Mississippi Room will be arranged for a small “lecture” area (with podium and chairs) where periodic informational presentations will occur (including a puppet show for children about domestic violence) and for tables / booths to be arranged surrounding the perimeter similar to the Homeless Connect event.  The two conference rooms adjoining the Mississippi Room will be reserved for more private conversations with therapists / service providers / consultants.


You have been targeted as a key community contact to help us spread the word about this important event!  If you are aware of a victim or family that will benefit from this event, please plan to pass this information on (or better yet, plan to attend with that person / family)!  


Also, if you are aware of an organization / service provider that needs to participate in this event (or for further information), please contact:  Matt Engelking (320-656-6316 -office) (320-241-0908 -cell) (matthew.engelking@co.stearns.mn.us).


*The Stearns County Domestic Violence Partnership formed in 2008 after 7 of 7 of the county’s previous intentional homicides involved domestic violence.  Research showed that approximately 30 Stearns County repeat felony offenders were committing about 100 new felony domestic violence offenses a year; traditional court responses were not working.   Data also revealed that 85% of the repeat violence victims had children, creating multi-generation issues.  Prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, corrections, the battered women’s shelter, legal aid attorneys, mental health and chemical dependency professionals and law enforcement came together to problem solve, receiving two competitive grants to fund 4 positions for 2 years: a specialized probation officer, a domestic violence victim assistance coordinator, a surveillance agent to enforce court orders 24/7, and a 70% time legal aid attorney for victim family legal needs. Minnesota’s first Domestic Violence Court (DVC) opened in April, 2009.  The Center for Court Innovation (CCI), a VAWA-funded New York agency specializing in domestic violence court establishment and research, reports that the Stearns County DVC is the only repeat felony domestic violence court program in the United States. 


Introduction to Mobile Phone Forensics

On Wednesday, August 22 at 3pm Pacific, EDEN (the Electronic Data Extraction Network) will present a free webinar called “Mobile Phone Forensics.” It is commonly known that mobile phones are a critical component of many investigations and lawsuits. If you are a legal or technical professional, it is likely that you will have to hire a forensics expert to examine and report on mobile phone data. This webinar helps prepare you and provides seven tips for working with mobile data. The presentation also includes an overview of the most common forensic services relating to mobile phones.
Webinars are open to the public, and space is limited. Complete this registration form to secure a spot!


Community Education Class: Paternity, Custody, Child Support & Divorce Legal Overview

If you have questions about child paternity, child custody and support, are divorced, considering or have recently filed for divorce, this course will provide a legal overview of how the process works in the state of Minnesota.
You’ll learn about the court process, fees, court documents, legal representation, and alternative forms of dispute resolution to attempt settlement outside of court.


Rajkowski Hansmeier, Ltd. Seeking Associate Attorney

Rajkowski Hansmeier Ltd is a full service national law firm that has provided a clear direction to its clients in a very diverse and thorough range of law expertise. The firm emphasizes in complex litigation, employment, agricultural and commercial law.  The firm’s reputation is built on hard work, high integrity and continually providing a clear direction.

We are seeking an associate attorney with 2-4 years experience. Ideal candidate must be self-motivated, have excellent communication and writing skills, and comfortable working a demanding and challenging work environment.  Please submit resume, transcript, and writing sample:


Rajkowski Hansmeier Ltd.

11 Seventh Avenue North

St. Cloud, MN 56302




Estate Planning & Long Term Health Care Workshop

Rajkowski Hansmeier & Jacobs Financial will lead you through key factors to planning your estate, including discussion on the basics of estate and long term planning, beneficiary selection, use and funding of trusts. If you want to avoid leaving your family with legal, accounting, tax and financial problems, along with unnecessary delays you won’t want to miss this presentation.  August 7, 2012 6-8 pm at Calvary Church.  Please RSVP JOlson@rajhan.com

SBBA LinkedIn Group Page

The SBBA is on LinkedIn!  Please join the group by clicking the following link: SBBA LinkedIn Group

Membership Applications Due September 1, 2012

Dear Members, applications for the 2012-2013 year are due on September 1, 2012 to Trisha Hendrickson (her contact information is on the application). 

SBBA Membership application 2012-2013 – click here