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Three finalists named for district judge opening in Hastings

Gov. Dayton will interview Phillip Prokopowicz, Gary Voegele and Richelle Wahi for the First Judicial District opening.

Three candidates have been selected as finalists in the First Judicial District, based in Hastings.

Gov. Mark Dayton now will interview the three, who were recommended by the Commission on Judicial Selection.

The governor then will select someone to replace the retiring Judge Mary Theisen. The district includes Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, LeSueur, McLeod, Scott and Sibley counties.

The finalists are:

  • Phillip Prokopowicz, the chief deputy Dakota County attorney, where he is responsible for handling misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, felony, and juvenile delinquency cases.  
  • Gary Voegele, an attorney at Gary L. Voegele, P.A., where his practice includes family law, personal injury, real estate, probate, business law, and civil and criminal matters. 
  • Richelle Wahi, a partner at Lindquist & Vennum LLP, where she handles cases primarily in family law and general litigation. She also serves as a conciliation court referee in Dakota County and previously was an attorney at Moss & Barnett.