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Commission on Judicial Selection Recommends Third Judicial District Candidates to Governor Dayton


Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today it is recommending three candidates to Governor Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the vacancy in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District. This vacancy was created upon the retirement of the Honorable Robert R. Benson. This seat will be chambered at Preston in Fillmore County within the Third Judicial District.

Richard Jackson: Mr. Jackson is the lead attorney for the Special Prosecution Unit in the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office, overseeing three attorneys and maintaining a caseload primarily of felony level domestic relationship related crimes. He previously served as the Houston County Attorney, where he acted as the chief prosecutor for the county. Mr. Jackson is an adjunct professor for the Baccalaureate Paralegal Program at Winona State University and an active volunteer for Neighbors in Action in La Crescent.

Matthew Opat: Mr. Opat maintains his own private law practice in Chatfield, Matthew J. Opat, P.A., where his practice includes areas of real estate, probate, general business, civil, and criminal law. He also serves as the prosecutor for the City of Chatfield in petty misdemeanor, misdemeanor, and gross misdemeanor violations. Previously, Mr. Opat served as the Fillmore County Attorney. Mr. Opat is a member of numerous community organizations, including the Chatfield Center for the Arts Advisory Committee, and is a retired member of the Chatfield Volunteer Fire Department.

Karin Sonneman: Ms. Sonneman is the current Winona County Attorney, handling the duties of the county’s chief criminal prosecutor and counsel for Winona County. She previously served as an Assistant Public Defender for Minnesota’s Third Judicial District, and, prior to that, was a private practice attorney at Sonneman & Sonneman, P.A. Ms. Sonneman is the current Vice-Chair of the Winona County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, a member of the Winona Senior High School Band Booster Board, and a member of the Winona County Sheriff’s Advisory Council.

Minnesota’s Third Judicial District consists of Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona Counties.

An announcement of the appointment will be made following an interview process over the next few weeks.

Illegal to text, email, surf web while driving

Thu, Apr 18th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN - A ticket for texting and driving will make you feel :-( and chances of getting stopped for thumbs on the phone will increase as Minnesota law enforcement agencies conduct a one-day distracted driving education and enforcement effort A ..... 
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Minnesota Would Receive Over $6.8 Million Under Obama Administration Budget Proposal to Help Homeowners Reduce their Energy Bills

Wed, Apr 17th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON -- President Obama’s Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2014 includes an increase for low-income home weatherization services, including $6.8 million to help needy families in the state of Minnesota. The proposal represents a continued comm ..... 
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Prom warning: Spring months the worst for unbelted teen deaths

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With April, May and June combining for the highest percentage of unbelted teen deaths during the past three years, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety is urging parents to reinforce safe driving ..... 
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Deadliest weekend of 2013: eight killed on Minnesota roads

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN - At least eight people were killed on Minnesota roads this past weekend, (April 6–early Monday morning, April 8), making it the deadliest weekend of the year, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). The eigh ..... 
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Road construction update

Wed, Apr 10th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

As Minnesotans, we know what follows melting snow and warmer temperatures: construction season. The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently released their 2013 construction project program that outlines 300 projects set to begin across Minnes ..... 
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National Agricultural Statistics Service, Minnesota Field Office resumes weekly crop and weather reports

Tue, Apr 9th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Beginning today, Minnesota farmers can turn to a vital source for information on their crops and weather by referring to the weekly crop and weather report from the Minnesota Field Office of the United States Department of Agricu ..... 
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Westbound I-90 lane closure at Dresbach Bridge in Wisconsin begins April 11

Tue, Apr 9th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists on westbound Interstate 90 will experience lane closures on the Wisconsin side of the Dresbach Bridge, beginning Thursday, April 11, as construction activities continue for the I-90 bridge project.  The Mississippi ..... 
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Farm Program Funding Priorities Called Out of Step

Tue, Apr 9th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - There is still no new Farm Bill, and The Center for Rural Affairs says there needs to be a change in priorities in how the nation's farm programs are funded. Executive director Chuck Hassebrook pointed out that those programs that i ..... 
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