Bruce came to Winona about 30 years ago. He is originally from Alden, Minnesota (a little town near Austin), and his parents were both teachers. Bruce moved to Winona when he was hired by Rich Blahnik’s firm, shortly after law school. Blahnik then served as Winona City Attorney, and Bruce became the Assistant City Attorney – a position he maintained for about 20 years. When Blahnik stepped down from his city job, Bruce decided to start his own office and has been a sole practitioner for ten years.
He met his wife, Shellie, in Winona when she was an athletic trainer at WSU. A professor in the Department of Nursing, Shellie has worked on developing an online degree completion program for those working in the medical field, and is now starting a master’s program in health leadership.
At home, Bruce and Shellie have two German Shorthaired Pointers, who think and act like they are Bruce and Shellie’s children. Shellie got Bruce interested in curling about twenty years ago, and they now have a shared passion for the sport. They curl all winter in Centerville, where they each belong to a league. They also curl in a co-ed league together. Curling’s rules make it easily adaptable to accommodate social distancing and masks, so it has continued to be an enjoyable pastime during the pandemic.