Debra Groehler is new District Court Judge in Dodge County
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Gov. Tim Walz announced on Feb. 1 that Debra Groehler has been appointed as the new District Court Judge in the state’s Third Judicial District. In his news release, he noted, “Her impressive background handling challenging legal matters for the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office, combined with her passion for serving her community, will make her a great addition to the Third Judicial District.”

The district includes the 11 counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona. Debra will serve in the Dodge County Courthouse in Mantorville.

Further information from the Governor’s office noted that “Debra Groehler is a managing attorney in the Civil Division of the Olmsted County Attorney’s Office, where she supervises a team of attorneys who handle child protection, adult protection, and juvenile delinquency cases. Groehler previously worked as the executive director of Legal Assistance of Olmsted County. Her community involvement includes serving as a member of the Minnesota County Attorney’s Association Juvenile Law Committee and as secretary of the Next Chapter Ministry Board of Directors. She has also volunteered for the Rochester Public Schools and for the Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota.”

Debra is replacing the Honorable Jodi L. Williamson, who is retiring.