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Murray County Commissioners - New judge Wietzema introduced to county commissioners

November 29, 2012

   Christina Wietzema, the new judge for Cottonwood and Murray County, was introduced prior to the commissioner meeting on Tuesday. 
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Christina Wietzema, the new judge for Cottonwood and Murray County, was introduced prior to the commissioner meeting on Tuesday.
By: Sheila Crowley
Christina Wietzema, the new judge for Cottonwood and Murray County, was introduced prior to the commissioner meeting on Tuesday. She has been a lawyer for the past 19 years. Wietzema moved to southwest Minnesota after completing law school. She and her husband currently reside in Worthington along with their two sons, Zach-12, and Tyler-10. She has worked in the public defenders office for last 15 years. Wietzema has done all criminal defense work for past five to seven years, so she has traveled around to all counties in Southwest Minnesota. Wietzema was appointed by the Governor about a month ago. She was sworn-in this past Wednesday in Cottonwood County, where her chambers will be located. Wietzema plans to keep everything much the same as it has been in the past. She also went on to comment about the new upcoming e-court which will enable judges to have access to court documents via computer screens. This is hoped to be in place some time in the next year or two according to Wietzema.

The commissioners approved ditch repair for the following: CD50, 14-Cameron Township, JD 14, 14-Chanarambie Township, CD 43M, 27-Belfast Township, CD 24, 10-Murray Township, JD 27, 3-Lake Sarah Township.

The commissioners received a letter concerning the discontinuation of the outreach program of Plum Creek Library System.

Mark Ranum, executive director, spoke to the board about the letter the board received.

In the letter, the Plum Creek Library System (PCLS) outreach service, which has been based primarily on the bookmobile operation, stated it will come to an end in 2012. Dramatic increases in diesel fuel prices over the past few years and the large expense required to replace the current bookmobile, now at the end of its service life, are driving forces for the change in the outreach services.

The letter also stated that the need and demand for outreach library services are very much alive. Bookmobile users are telling bookmobile staff that they would appreciate having more access to resources and staff on a regular basis. The letter stated they hoped to expand the service for users, while continuing to be cost efficient for counties providing outreach from PCLS.

In response, the PCLS developed an effective and more financially stable model of outreach and mobile library service for communities currently served by the Bookmobile. The service model is based on best practices and proven models of outreach services in use around the country, and works very well to provide a baseline level of library service to smaller communities.

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