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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • Assistant Yellow Medicine County attorney Mark Gruman moving on

  • Yellow Medicine Assistant County Attorney Mark Gruman has accepted a position with the North Dakota Public Service Commission in Bismarck. “It’s been really great,” said Gruman of his time in southwest Minnesota. “Yellow Medicine has been very good to me. I have very much e...
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  • Yellow Medicine Assistant County Attorney Mark Gruman has accepted a position with the North Dakota Public Service Commission in Bismarck.
    “It’s been really great,” said Gruman of his time in southwest Minnesota. “Yellow Medicine has been very good to me. I have very much enjoyed working with [county attorney Keith Helgeson], law enforcement and probation. The local Bar has also been great.”
    Gruman moved to Granite Falls  in late 2006 where he has held his post with the county since September 1. Most recently, he said the majority of his focus has involved gross misdemeanor and felony cases – with the  exception of criminal sexual misconduct matters that are handled by his counterpart, assistant county attorney Amanda Selig.
    Gruman said his new job will take him out of the court room and place him in an administrative rather than criminal legal environment. According to the job summary, the position will entail legal services to the Public Service Commission in its areas of jurisdiction throughout the state.
    “It sounds like they’re very busy ... just like here I’ll have a pretty big responsibility,” Gruman said. “I won’t be doing jury trials, which will probably be the biggest difference.”
    When not at his office or in court, Gruman was often found working the popcorn stand as a member of the Granite Falls Kiwanis. He said he had developed many friendships in the area but the prospect of being near his family trumped all other considerations.
    County attorney, Keith Helgeson was not available for comment. on the matter. YMC Administrator, Ryan Krosch said “the [YMC board] will evaluate the position, determine what the work load is and go from there.” He said the commissioners will likely take action, regarding the replacement of the post, at either their October 26 or November 9 meeting.
    “One of the nice things about being in a smaller environment is that I just feel like together with probation, law enforcement and the courts – we’ve really made a difference. It’s a really good environment here, the citizens of Yellow Medicine are very lucky, they’ve got a lot of dedicated employees. Its sounds P.C. but its true,” Gruman said.
    His last day with the county will be October 26.
     
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