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Huesmann takes oath as latest judge in La Crosse County court



Judge Mark Huesmann's family helps him into his robe after being sworn in on Aug. 9, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams).

The new judge for Branch 3 in La Crosse County was officially given his robe at an investiture ceremony on Wednesday.

Judge Mark Huesmann actually took the oath of office in private last week, on the day Judge Todd Bjerke retired. Bjerke administered the oath Wednesday, as Huesmann’s family looked on in a courtroom filled with attorneys and county officials.

Judge Mark Huesmann (left) is joined by past and present judges at his swearing-in on Aug. 9, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

The long-time Holmen attorney was appointed by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers last month. Huesmann will start hearing cases in a few days. He hopes his court will be able to help people deal with the problems that lead them to a courtroom in the first place.

“I’ve been working towards this goal for a long time,” Huesmann told WIZM News. “I’ve been a court commissioner for many years, and I was the municipal court judge for the Coulee Region joint municipal court, so it’s always been an interest of mine.”

He has also taught business law at UW-La Crosse.

After taking the oath, Huesmann commented about the powerful people attending the ceremony, but also had thoughts about other people, including the poor and crime victims. The judge says “they need a seat at the table.”

Huesmann’s term lasts until July. The next election for Branch 3 happens in April.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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