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Senior Judge Fred Wellmann
(retired 2014)

Mower County


Appointed by Governor Ventura in 2000. Elected in 2002 and 2008. 

Retired on April 4, 2014.

Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from April 7, 2014, to June 30, 2015. 


Born:  May 7, 1944, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Married: Dianne (Barglof) Wellmann
Children: Jason and Megan

Admission to Practice Law:

Minnesota State Courts (1974 to present)
Federal District Court – State of Minnesota (1974 to present)


Jurist Doctorate (1974)

Bachelor of Science (1967)
Majors: Biology and Urban Studies

Professional Experience:

Hoversten, Strom, Johnson, and Rysavy
Austin, Minnesota
1980 to 2000 (partner 1982 to 2000)
Specialization in Civil and Criminal Litigation
Firm and Personal AV rating

Office of the Mower County Attorney
Austin, Minnesota
County Attorney (1978 to 1980)
Joint City/County Prosecutor (1975 to 1977)

Blaufuss and Wellmann
Marshall, Minnesota
1974 to 1975

Professional Associations:

Minnesota District Judges Association (2000 to present)

Minnesota State Bar Association (1974 to present)

Mower County Bar Association (1974 to present) – past President, officer and Director

American Bar Association (1980 to 2000)

National Association of Defense Lawyers (1980 to 2000)

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (1980 to 2000)

Defense Research Institute (1980 to 2000)

National District Attorneys Association (1975 to 1980)

Minnesota County Attorneys Association (1975 to 1980)

Community Activities

St. Olaf Lutheran Church (1975 to present) – past President, officer, and Director

Austin Country Club (1976 to present) – past Secretary and Director

Rotary Club of Austin (1976 to 2000) – past President, officer, and Director

Austin Chamber of Commerce (1976 to 2000) – past Director

Cedar Valley Services, Inc. (shelter workshop) (1992 to 2000) – past Secretary and Director

St. Marks Lutheran Home and Apartments (1994 to 2000) – past President, officer, and Director

Austin Youth Basketball, Inc. (1992 to 1998) – past President, officer, Director and coach

Mower County Crime Victims Resource Center, Inc. (1976 to 1996) – past President, officer and Director

Austin Public Schools Music Boosters Club, Inc. (1989 to 1993) – past Secretary and Director

Austin Public High School Facilities Steering Community (1982 to 1990) –past Director

Austin Youth Football, Inc. (1980 to 1984) – past coach and Director

Mower County Mental Health Center Advisory Board (1977 to 1982) – past President, officer, and Director

Jaycees of Austin (1976 to 1979) – past President, officer, and Director