Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Esteemed prosecutor Dennis Plahn retired from the Stearns County Attorney's Office Thursday, March 17, with more than 31 years of service to the people of Stearns County. Mr. Plahn began his prosecutorial career as an assistant city attorney with the St. Cloud City Attorney's Office in 1979. On July 26, 1982, he joined the Stearns County Attorney's Office where he served the rest of his career.
During his tenure, Mr. Plahn prosecuted thousands of criminal files. Just a few of the highly notable cases included the prosecution of Steve Notch, Kurt Frank, and Corey Martinson for homicide and Rhonda Brouwer for first-degree arson. Janelle Kendall, Stearns County Attorney, stated: "Dennis has never been afraid of hard work, and taking the time to do things right. He's a great person and a great prosecutor, and that matters."
March 17, Mr. Plahn was honored by law enforcement, judges, court administration staff, community corrections, defense attorneys, prosecutors and retired colleagues at a celebration held in his honor in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the Stearns County Courthouse where he had practiced law for many years. Ironically, Mr. Plahn served as an extra in the Disney movie Mighty Ducks in that very courtroom.
Mr. Plahn also received plaques from the Stearns County Sheriff's Office and the St. Cloud Police Department in honor of his service. Mr. Plahn stated that it was his great pleasure to serve the law enforcement communities in our area.
Since retiring, Mr. Plahn is now preparing for the RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa), an annual seven-day bicycle trek across the state of Iowa. The route is approximately 470 miles long and occurs July 24-30.