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Gislason & Hunter LLP announces

new partner, Kaitlin Pals

NEW ULM — Gislason & Hunter LLP announce that Kaitlin Pals from the New Ulm office has been named partner.

Pals’ practice focuses on assisting clients with tax and estate planning and business succession planning for individuals, families and family-owned businesses in industry and with a special emphasis in agriculture. In addition to estate planning, Pals works with corporate law issues and real estate and family law issues regarding adoption.

“We are pleased that Kaitlin is a partner with Gislason & Hunter,” said Gislason & Hunter Managing partner, attorney Timothy Tobin. “She is dedicated to providing legal excellence for her clients in New Ulm and the surrounding markets.”

Pals received her Juris Doctor of Law in 2011 at the University of Iowa College of Law. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2008.

Pals is a regular speaker at estate planning and agriculture conferences and events. She regularly writes columns for agriculture and business publications and teaches continuing education courses for her peers.

Wertish is new MFU president

ST. PAUL — Former Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) vice president Gary Wertish was elected the organization’s 10th president in a special election Saturday.

He replaced former president Doug Peterson who retired Dec. 31, 2016.

The special election was by the full board members of county presidents from around the state.

Wertish served as the Vice President of Minnesota Farmers Union starting in 2009 and filling in as interim president since Peterson’s retirement.

Prior to being elected vice president, Wertish had worked as a field representative for Farmers Union. He worked for Sen. Mark Dayton as his agricultural director. Wertish farms with one of his sons raising corn, soybeans and navy beans.

“Today marks a new era within the Farmers Union organization. Being elected as the new president is humbling,” remarked Gary Wertish. “I look forward to continuing working with the entire Farmers Union membership, along with other agricultural groups, to enhance the economic interests of a struggling rural economy, which is just as important now as it ever has been. We will work to keep our momentum flowing and to bring new ideas to the table that will help us reach new goals within the organization, and to continue fighting and representing family farmers.”

Wertish and his wife Jeanne have four children and live in Renville.


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