Noem appoints Pennington prosecutor as circuit court judge


SIOUX FALLS (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Wednesday appointed a Pennington County prosecutor to the 7th Judicial Circuit that covers the western region of the state.

Stacy Vinberg Wickre has been a deputy state's attorney in Pennington County since 2017 and currently supervises the office's Felony Department, the governor's office said in a statement. She will replace outgoing Circuit Court Judge Robert Mandel.

“Stacy has shown common sense and fortitude that will suit her well as she takes the bench,” Noem said in a statement. “She has handled a wide variety of cases in her practice and will take a balanced approach.”

Vinberg Wickre received her law degree from the University of Montana in 1994. She moved to South Dakota in 1999.

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