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Governor Tim Walz Appoints Laura Moehrle, Nathaniel Welte to Fill Seventh Judicial District Vacancies

4/6/2020 10:02:16 AM

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Today, Governor Tim Walz announced the appointment of Laura Moehrle and Nathaniel Welte as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District. Both appointments will be chambered in St. Cloud.

Ms. Moehrle’s appointment will fill a vacancy that occurred upon the retirement of Judge Frank Kundrat.

Laura Moehrle brings extensive legal experience to the Seventh Judicial District,” said Governor Walz. “Her breadth of knowledge, mastery of the law, and commitment to her community will serve the people of Minnesota well.”

“This position will allow Ms. Moehrle to continue her long history of service to the St. Cloud community,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “We’re honored to appoint her to the Seventh Judicial District vacancy, and are deeply grateful for Judge Kundrat’s years of service to Minnesota.”

Mr. Welte’s appointment will fill a vacancy that occurred upon the retirement of Judge John Scherer.

Nathaniel Welte has demonstrated open-mindedness, compassion and honesty throughout his career,” said Governor Walz. “I’m grateful for Judge Scherer’s service on the bench and am honored to appoint Mr. Welte to the position.”

“St. Cloud is fortunate to have Mr. Welte’s level of experience and commitment to service on the bench,” said Lt. Governor Flanagan. “We’re honored to appoint him to the Seventh Judicial District.”

About Laura Moehrle

Ms. Moehrle is a civil trial attorney, shareholder, and Chief Financial Officer of Quinlivan & Hughes, PA. Ms. Moehrle manages an active litigation practice focused on the defense of medical malpractice, motor vehicle accident, and legal malpractice claims in Minnesota and North Dakota state and federal courts, as well as the representation of health care providers and attorneys before their professional licensing boards. She is a frequent lecturer and educator on civil litigation topics and serves as co-chair of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Health Care Liability Committee. Ms. Moehrle is engaged in the St. Cloud community by serving on the Board of Directors of Kids Fighting Hunger for the past fourteen years, fundraising for Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity, and previously coaching the Apollo High School Mock Trial Team.

Ms. Moehrle received her BA from the University of St. Thomas, and her JD from the University of Minnesota.

About Nathaniel Welte

Mr. Welte currently serves as an assistant county attorney for the Becker County Attorney’s Office. In this role he primarily handles felony person offenses, juvenile delinquencies, and civil litigation. Mr. Welte was previously in private practice and handled a wide variety of matters including family law, child protection, probate, real estate, and criminal defense. Mr. Welte also served as a part-time assistant public defender for the State of Minnesota. He is actively involved as an assistant scoutmaster for Perham Boy Scout Troop 321, and previously served as a former board member of the New York Mills Cultural Center, President of the New York Mills Lions, and member in the Perham Rotary Club.

Mr. Welte received his BA from the University of Minnesota – Duluth, and his JD from Hamline University School of Law.

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