Fifth Judicial District

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The Honorable Michelle A. Dietrich Elected Fifth Judicial District Chief Judge
The Honorable Michelle A. Dietrich was elected to serve as chief judge of the Fifth Judicial District by her fellow district judges in 2017.

Chief Judge Dietrich has served the Fifth Judicial District since August 2008. She previously served as the Redwood County Attorney from 1997 to 2008. Chief Judge Dietrich is chambered in the Lyon County Courthouse in Marshall. 
The Honorable Gregory Anderson was elected as assistant chief judge in the Fifth District. Judge Anderson was appointed to the bench in August 2008. Judge Anderson’s chambers are located in Mankato.

Judicial Branch Central Appeals Unit Moves to Lincoln and Pipestone Counties
Effective July 17, 2017, the Judicial Branch Central Appeals Unit moved from the Fourth Judicial District, located in Hennepin County, to the Fifth Judicial District counties of Lincoln and Pipestone, located in southwest Minnesota. The Central Appeals Unit (CAU) serves as a support partner and liaison between the 87 trial courts in the state and the appellate courts. The CAU works with the trial courts to produce an electronic case record for submission to the appellate courts.

Relocation of the Central Appeals Unit to outstate Minnesota is part of a broader effort to ensure statewide access to court services. Read Reengineering Minnesota’s Courts on page 6 for more information on this and similar initiatives.
Self-Help Workshops Continue in 2017
Fifth Judicial District Family Law Collaborative Resources continued to offer four recurring self-help workshops in Blue Earth, Brown, Lyon, and Watonwan counties in 2017. The workshops provide helpful information to litigants not represented by attorneys by answering general questions, explaining court process and procedures, and assisting with the completion of court forms. The workshops assisted 31 people between November 2016 and November 2017.
Detective Matt Grochow Receives Judicial and Court System Star Award
Detective Matt Grochow of the St. Peter Police Department received the Judicial and Court System Star Award at the 2017 Minnesota Towards Zero Deaths (TZD) Conference in St. Paul on October 26, 2017. Detective Grochow, who is the community compliance agent of the Brown-Nicollet-Watonwan Counties Multi-County Adult Drug Court, has served on the Court for over seven years, and was recognized with the Award for his efforts and collaborations that have resulted in him helping to keep Minnesota’s roads safe.