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Former Harmony resident appointed District Judge in Ramsey Country


Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Court

Shawn Bartsh was born on a farm outside of Dover, Minn. She graduated from Harmony High School in 1972, attended Luther College, and then went on to law school at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. She remained in St. Paul, opening her own law firm in 1993.

It was while in college at Luther that Bartsh decided to study law. “I was working at the capital, and working for a lawyer, and it really interested me,” shared Bartsh.

Since becoming a lawyer in 1982, Bartsh has worked with personal injury law, as well as arbitration and mediation. She was also a conciliation court referee for 20 years. She worked with people on personal injury, juvenile, and other civil cases.

Recently, Bartsh was personally chosen by Governor Mark Dayton to be appointed 2nd District Judge for Ramsey County. She was sworn in on June 13, and she will no longer be practicing law.

“I really enjoyed being a lawyer,” shared Bartsh. “It was very rewarding to help my clients over the years. It’s a lot of work, but it’s nice to be able to use your education to help people.”

Bartsh experienced some heart-wrenching cases of personal injury and wrongful death, but she was able to help out a lot of families. She also played a big part in helping prevent further death and injuries when it comes to automatic garage door openers.

“I represented a family whose son was killed because the door didn’t reverse and it came down on him and he died,” Bartsh said. “There was also a little girl in Farmington who died the same way.”

Bartsh could imagine the horror of the parents having to live through this, and having their child die in such a tragic and preventable way. She explained the doors were designed to reverse but for a variety of reasons, it was a bad design. After the Farmington case, the family wanted to know what could be done to prevent other families from having to go through the same pain.

What struck Bartsh is that nothing had changed even though there were cases like this all over the country. “It was obviously not a freak accident,” she remarked. She began calling press conferences, and there was a lot of press and media coverage of a campaign to make electric sensors mandatory. The story was featured in Reader’s Digest, New York Times, CBS News, and various magazines.

“The technology was always there,” said Barts .....
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Sentencing Hearing

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Court

Kristina Jeanne Nolte, 42, of Mabel, Minn., was sentenced of a gross misdemeanor offense by Judge Robert Benson in Fillmore County Court on Monday, June 17. Nolte was convicted on May 6 of one count Theft-By Check. The offense dates back to Septembe ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in All Court

Cody James Martin, 27, of Spring Valley, Minn., appeared in Fillmore County Court for one alleged count of Drugs - 5th Degree – Possess Schedule 1,2,3,4 – Not Small Amount Marijuana, which carries a maximum penalty of five years, fines of $10,00 ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court - June 17, 2013

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in All Court

Paul Anthony Zacker, 33, of Chatfield, Minn. appeared in Fillmore County Court on June 3 on one alleged count of Criminal Sexual Conduct – 1st Degree – Penetrate or Conact with Person Under 13 > 36 months older, which carries a maximum sentence ..... 
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LeRoy man pleads not guilty to animal abuse charges

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Ostrander Court

Wilbur Eugene Schmoll, 80, of LeRoy Minn., has pleaded not guilty to 24 counts misdemeanor Overwork/Maltreat Animals including Torture and Deprive of Food and Shelter. Schmoll has also pleaded not guilty to two counts of Animal Health - Disposal of ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court - May 20, 2013

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in All Court

Joshua Mosby, Jr., 37, of Pine Island, Minn., appeared before Judge Robert Benson at the Fillmore County Courthouse on May 10 for one alleged count of Burglary - 1st Degree - Dwelling - Occupied - Non - Accomplice Present, which carries a maximum pe ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court - May 13, 2013

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in All Court

Junior Lee Dillon, 18, of Preston appeared in Fillmore County Court for an alleged charge of Receiving Stolen Property valued at least $500 but not more than $1,000, which carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, fines of $10,000, or bo ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court - May 6, 2013

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Court

Robert Blake Hughes, 24, of Harmony appeared in front of Judge Robert Benson on April 24 on a charge of Escape from Custody - Held Pursuant to Lawful Arrest While on Charge or Conviction or Adjudication, which carries a maximum penalty of five years ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court - April 29, 2013

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in All Court

Ganell Dawee McCain, Jr., 20, of New Hope, MN appeared in Fillmore County Court on April 15 after allegedly being tied to a prescription forgery taking place in Fillmore County. McCain faces several charges including one count Aggravated Forgery - L ..... 
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