This week's 21 Things You Might Not Know About Me features Sawyer County Judge John Yackel.  

  1. I am from Hayward and graduated from Hayward High School in 1992. 
  2. My grandfather had a cranberry marsh and I spent many summers working in the bogs and learning how to be a farmer.  I miss driving a tractor.
  3. I am an avid reader of American History and the American Space Program.  I memorized all of the Presidents and the Gettysburg Address in 2nd Grade and attended Space Camp when I was in 7th Grade.
  4. I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA.  I majored in political science and minored in History. I graduated from Marquette University Law School in 2000.
  5. My wife, Traci, is from Wausau.  We met on a lunch date with a mutual friend in 2000.  We married in 2003.
  6. I am the father of 3 sons.  Two step-sons ages 24 and 20 and my youngest is 4.
  7. I practiced law in the Wausau area from 2000 until 2013.  In 2013 I moved back to Hayward and was the Assistant District Attorney for Sawyer County and was elected Sawyer County Circuit Judge in 2015.  
  8. I am not a gambler but I love horse racing.  I look forward to the Kentucky Derby every year.  
  9. I bought my first Harley on a Friday and practiced over the weekend and passed my motorcycle test on Monday.
  10. I love and hate watching news television.  
  11. I miss my father terribly.  He was my best friend and mentor.  He died in 2014.  
  12. I usually wear blue jeans under my judicial robe.  
  13. I prefer to spend my vacations right here in Sawyer County and enjoy the natural beauty around me.  My motto is “I live where I vacation.”    
  14. I am a beer snob:  I only drink Miller Lite, unless the beer is free.    
  15. I love grilling chicken and steaks.  
  16. My wife and I collect vinyl records and have an old stereo system that sounds awesome!
  17. I eat a bowl of oatmeal and a fried egg every morning for breakfast.  
  18. I bring my wife a cup of coffee every morning in bed. 
  19. Being a parent is the most difficult and rewarding job in the world.       
  20. I care deeply about my community and the people who live here.  I can relate to most people that appear in court more than people may realize. 
  21. I love my job.  It is a great responsibility and I am humbled by the trust the community has placed in me.

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