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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Three recommended for Fifth District judge seat

  • The Minnesota Commission on Judicial Sel-ection announced it is recommending three candidates to Gov. Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the current vacancy in Minnesota’s Fifth Judicial District: Patrick Rohland, Joel Solie and Tricia Zimmer.
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  • The Minnesota Commission on Judicial Sel-ection announced this past Friday it is recommending three candidates to Gov. Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the current vacancy in Minnesota’s Fifth Jud-icial District. They are  Patrick Rohland, Joel Solie and Tricia Zimmer.
    This vacancy was created upon the retirement of the Honorable David W. Peterson. This district court judgeship is going to be chambered at Red-wood Falls in Redwood County in the Fifth Judicial District.
    Rohland serves as the Redwood Falls city attorney, where he handles all aspects of criminal prosecutions as well as civil matters for the city.
    Previously, he served in the Redwood County attorney’s office and practiced in real estate law at the firm of Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson, P.A.
    Rohland serves as a Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 97 in Red-wood Falls and is a youth group leader with Corner-stone Christian Church.
    He is also involved with Venturing Crew 97 and Relay For Life.
    Solie currently is a solo practitioner at his law firm, Solie Law Office, where his general practice includes court appointments and public defense work as a part-time assistant public defender in the Fifth Judicial District.
    Previously, Solie was a partner at the law firm of Estebo, Schnobrich, Frank, Solie & Gilk, Ltd. in Redwood Falls.  Solie is a current member of the Redwood County Drug Court Committee and a past president of the Redwood Area Chamber of Commerce and the Redwood Area United Way.
    Zimmer currently is an assistant Lyon County attorney, where she practices primarily in adult criminal prosecution, planning and zoning, civil commitment proceedings, child in need of protection cases and forfeitures. She previously was an adjunct professor at Southwest Minnesota State University and a judicial law clerk for the Fifth Judicial District. Zimmer is a current member and former president of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota and currently serves on the Marshall Police advisory board.
    Minnesota’s Fifth Judicial District consists of Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, and Watonwan Counties.
    An announcement of the appointment is going  to be made following an interview process in the next few weeks.
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