Weather Forecast


Three already in race for county judge

1 / 3
2 / 3
3 / 3

Although the general election is 10 months away, at least three local lawyers have set their sights on the Pierce County judgeship held for nearly 25 years by Robert Wing.

Wing said he won't be a candidate when his current six-year term expires next April.

Three lawyers--Joe Boles and John O'Boyle, both of River Falls, and Bob Loberg of Ellsworth--all say they have decided to run and are actively seeking support.

Here is a quick rundown on each:

Boles has been practicing law in River Falls since September 1981. He is a partner in the firm of Rodli, Beskar, Boles, Krueger and Pletcher.

He is an experienced trial lawyer and has tried both civil and criminal cases to judges and juries. Boles said he has represented the Cities of River Falls and Hudson in the municipal courts for the last 7-8 years and is experienced in real estate law, estates and estate planning, personal injury and litigation.

Loberg, who earned undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Minnesota, began practicing law in Pierce County 33 years ago. Since then, he has represented every town and village in the county, except one, and has prosecuted cases for all those municipal clients.

His practice includes criminal law, civil litigation, real estate, trusts, probate administration, municipal law, corporation and business representation, and family law.

O'Boyle has been Pierce County District Attorney since 1993. Before that, he was in private practice for three years with current St. Croix County Judge Edward Vlack.

O'Boyle earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the College of St. Thomas and graduated from William Mitchell College of Law.

He is past president of the River Falls Lions Club, served on the board of directors for the Kinnickinnic River Land Trust and was a founding member of both the St. Croix Sexual Assault Response Team and the St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program. He is currently chairman of the board of directors of Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Abuse.

For more please read the June 24 print version of the Herald.