Longtime Dodge County Courts reporter retires
JUNEAU — Doreen Streblow will retire Friday after working 38 years as a court reporter for three judges in three different Dodge County courthouses.
“I hope to spend more time in the winter in front of my wood stove watching the wild birds at our feeders,” Streblow said. “Maybe in the summer, I will be able to find some time to fish for northerns with my husband around the Horicon Marsh.”
Streblow is ending her career in the courtroom of Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Steven Bauer.
“Doreen Streblow was a public servant extraordinaire — a true professional,” Bauer said. “For over 38 years, Doreen was ready to make the record at eight in the morning, sharp. She had the fortune of good health and never took a sick day. She was always ready to work.”
Streblow graduated from Mayville High School in 1977, and then received her court reporting diploma from Gateway Technical College in Kenosha in 1979. In 1980, she started working as a court reporter in Dodge County after being hired by Judge Joseph Schultz. After Schultz retired in 1993, she was hired by Judge John Storck and worked for him until 2008. In 2008, she began working for Bauer.
Streblow said that when she started in 1980, her office was space she shared in the probate vault with another employee while abstractors worked around her in the now torn-down courthouse on the square in Juneau. She then moved to a tiny office, again in the probate office, in the second courthouse (now housing the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office), and finally into a larger office in the current Dodge County Justice Facility.
When Streblow started in 1980, she used carbon paper for typing copies of transcripts.
“I had to turn the small pages of my stenographic notes by hand while I was typing them into transcripts,” Streblow said. “A big technological change was the introduction of a Transmatic that allowed me to turn the pages of my notes automatically with a foot pedal while I typed.”
By the time she retired, computers and sophisticated programs were assisting her in creating transcripts of court hearings.
“When I started, the courtroom was more formal,” Streblow said. “No one talked out of turn. Seldom did anyone appear in court without a lawyer. Now many people attempt to represent themselves.”
While the work was often difficult, Streblow will miss the people she worked with, including the attorneys and court staff.
“I have enjoyed my time with the judges, and will miss the many dedicated people whom I have been fortunate to work with in the court system over the years,” Streblow said.