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Wisconsin Judges Directory
For immediate release: Thursday, March 21, 2002
GOVERNOR APPOINTS BUELTEL TO THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT
(Owatonna, MN) Governor Jesse Ventura today announced the appointment of Joseph Bueltel to a new trial court judgeship in the Third Judicial District. This position is one of five district court judgeships created by the 2001 Minnesota Legislature. The Supreme Court certified the chambers of this judgeship for the city of Owatonna in Steele County. Twenty-one people applied for this position.
Bueltel is the Third Judicial District Chief Public Defender, a position he has held since 1999. He was an assistant public defender and managing attorney in the Third Judicial District from 1992 to 1999, an associate attorney for the Owatonna law firm of Smith and Tollefson from 1988 to 1994 and a Third Judicial District law clerk in Faribault from 1987 to 1988. Bueltel earned his juris doctorate degree cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul in 1987, his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 1984 and his associate of arts degree from Normandale Community College in Bloomington in 1982.
"Joe's enthusiasm for the law is evident from the first time you meet him," Governor Ventura said. "He is also in touch with the people who live in Owatonna and will help bring solutions to the challenges that a growing community faces."
Bueltel is a member and past president of the Steele County Bar Association, is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Fifth District Bar Association, National Legal Aid and Defender Association and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a judge for the State High School Mock Trial Program, a member of the Freeborn County Justice Project, Freeborn County Substance Abuse Court Planning Committee, Dodge County Alternative to Addiction, and Olmsted County Restorative Justice Programming Group. Bueltel is also active with the Steele County Habitat for Humanity and as a volunteer coach with the Owatonna Park and Recreation Department.
Bueltel, 40, was born in St. Paul and resides in Owatonna with his wife, Tracy Bains Bueltel. They have three children, Zachary, 8, Elena, 3, and Matthew, 1.