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Hudson's Nieskes named deputy district attorney

A St. Croix County prosecutor is receiving a promotion.

St. Croix County Attorney Eric Johnson announced Wednesday that prosecutor Michael Nieskes will take on the role of deputy district attorney.

“Mike is an experienced prosecutor and administrator who brings many assets to my office,” Johnson said of the Hudson resident. “I believe the appointment of Nieskes to deputy district attorney utilizes those assets and benefits St. Croix County.”

The Milwaukee native and 1981 DePaul University College of Law graduate came to St. Croix County in September 2012 after serving for a year as a circuit court judge in Racine County. Nieskes previously served as the Racine County district attorney, having won elections in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

His background includes a six-year stint in the 1980s as an Illinois assistant state attorney, where he assisted in prosecution of three capital punishment cases.

Among recent St. Croix convictions won by Nieskes was the high-profile case of Ahmed Hirsi, who was charged with 16 felonies, including six counts of attempted homicide. Hirsi, who was accused in 2014 of shooting three people in downtown Hudson, was convicted in May by a St. Croix County jury on 13 counts, including three of the six attempted homicide charges.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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