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

December 22, 2011

Saint Paul, MN – The Commission on Judicial Selection announced today it is recommending four candidates to Governor Mark Dayton for consideration to fill the current vacancies created upon Judge Timothy K. Connell and Judge Jeffrey L. Flynn’s retirements in Minnesota’s Fifth Judicial District. 
Gordon Moore - Moore serves as the Nobles County Attorney where he acts as chief prosecutor and legal advisor for the County. Previously, he was an Assistant City Attorney for Worthington and served as a Special Assistant Attorney in the Transportation and Employment divisions of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. Moore is a member of the Nobles County Child Protection team and is a former chair of the Independent School District 518 Board of Directors.

Michael Trushenski - Trushenski currently serves as Assistant Martin County Attorney.   He also works as an associate attorney with Viesselman & Barke, P.A. where he practices in family and bankruptcy law, personal injury, and probate matters. Trushenski is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and is president of the Martin County Law Library committee. He is also a past president of the Seventeenth District Bar Association.

Terry Vajgrt - Vajgrt is an Assistant Public Defender for the State of Minnesota. He also maintains a private practice focusing on criminal defense work. He previously worked as a partner in the law firm of Klosterbuer and Vajgrt and is a former Assistant Rock County Attorney. Vajgrt is a member of the Southwestern Mental Health Center Board of Directors and is chair of the Noble-Rock Community Corrections Advisory Board.

Christina Wietzema - Wietzema currently works as an Assistant Public Defender for the Fifth Judicial District where she represents indigent clients in all areas of public defense. Prior to this, she represented clients in family law, real property and criminal law as an associate attorney with Bernardy & Scholl, P.A. Wietzema is an active volunteer with St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

The 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 will be made following an interview process over the next few weeks.