About Christie

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Christie was born and spent the first 6 years of her life in St. Paul.  When she was 3 years old, her sister was born, and then her parents divorced.

At age 6 when Christie’s mother remarried, the family moved to Groton, Connecticut because her adoptive father was stationed at Groton Naval Base.  Since her adoptive father was a Navy electronics technician on submarines, they also moved to Satellite Beach, Florida, Hampton / Norfolk, Virginia, and back to Groton, Connecticut.

Christie senior high school

Christie went to high school in Oakdale, Connecticut at Montville High School.  She earned a 3.3 g.p.a.  For her first 3 years, she played soccer, basketball, and softball and was a flag twirler for the band.  Starting the summer after her junior year, she worked as a waitress at Bee Bee Dairy Restaurant, a family restaurant with a creamery, in nearby Waterford.

In 1995, Christie earned her B.A. in Political Science Public Service with a minor in Legal Studies at Hamline University in St. Paul, with a 3.74 g.p.a.  Her Connecticut high school classmates had asked her why she wanted to go to college in Minnesota, where there’s nothing but farms and prairie, to which she replied that her family lives there and it’s more economically developed.  She was on the Mock Trial Team, and her team went to the regional competition yearly.  She also interned at the office of Minnesota Senator Steven Novak.

In 2009, Christie earned her Paralegal Certificate at Hamline University.  She interned in business, real estate, estate, and probate law at Dougherty, Molenda, Solfest, Hills, & Bauer in Apple Valley.  She graduated summa cum laude, with a 4.0 g.p.a.

 last Christmas family photo w: Karl Dec. 2008

Christie dated and then was married to her late-husband Karl Thompson from 1993 to 2009.  He unexpectedly died of a heart attack at age 39.  They have a son and a daughter, now ages 20 and 14.

Belle driving

Belle, papillion, driving

Beau on deck table May 2015

Beau, black lab mix, knows diddley. 😉

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Prancer, boxer, pitbull, something else mix from Humane Society

Christie added her kids’ first 2 dogs, Belle and Beau, to the family a few years ago.  Belle died in Summer 2018 after being hit by a car.  As a result, Prancer joined our family.

 

Christie has provided pro bono services to Minnesotans in a variety of ways.  

me w MDHR Comm Jan 2014     Jen P. & me at HSHRC fundraiser at Carbone's 2013     976199_507896825931715_882380132_o

left to right: MN Department of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey after he discussed human rights issues in MN with the citizens of Cottage Grove at discussion and outreach event in January 2014; City Councilwoman Jen Peterson at fundraiser and outreach event at Carbone’s Pizza in 2013 at Halloweentime; and Commission members bagging groceries at Cub Foods at fundraiser and outreach event in May of 2013.

First, Christie volunteered on the Cottage Grove Human Services Human Rights Commission from 2004 to 2013.  She was the Vice Chair of The Commission from December 2013 to October 2016.  She was a member from October 2004 – March 2008 and March 2011 to November 2013.  She lead the fundraising subgroup from 2012 to the end.   The Commission facilitated communication between the citizens and the City Council and raises the citizens’ awareness of human services and human rights issues.  She participated in many Commission activities as a group and individually.  In Winter 2007 to Spring 2008, she helped plan the production of The Commission and South Washington Telecommunications Commission’s award-winning program to educate the public about Yeshiva High School, the Hasidic Jewish boys’ boarding school that existed in Cottage Grove at that time.  In 2013 and 2014, she brought the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, Kevin Lindsey, J.D., to Cottage Grove to speak about his priorities for the legislative session.  She has writtenand had published in the local newspaper many editorials in support of The Commission’s goals.  She lead the fundraising committee and planned and executed 4 fundraisers at Carbone’s Pizza, Culver’s Restaurant, and Cub Foods.

 

BTYRN Echoes of War photo 1     BTYRN Echoes of War photo 2

 

Second, Christie volunteered for Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Network of Cottage Grove, Minnesota Steering Committee from February 2011 to May 2014.  Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Network is a non-profit organization that helps the families of deployed Service members and veterans by doing practical work for them, such as lawn mowing, snow removal, and home and car repairs.  As a member of The Network’s Steering Committee, Christie had a variety of duties, some consistent and some project-oriented. In Spring of 2011, she was the leader of the silent auction for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser, our first fundraiser.  In Summer 2013, she brought to Cottage Grove “The Echoes of War” presentation, which is an eye opening and highly emotional presentation about the long-term emotional and physical effects of combat on Service members, i.e. post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).  She was 1 of the managers of the organization’s Facebook page. Lastly, she recruited people to volunteer to do awork for the deployed Service members’ families and veterans.

 

Third, Christie was a member of Washington County Community Corrections Advisory Board from September 2004 – December 2005.  She received info. on and provided Washington County Community Corrections with public opinion regarding various corrections issues, along with several other members.

 

God's Closet 2013

Fourth, Christie was the lead volunteer at God’s Closet on the first Saturday of the month from Summer 2006 to May 2014.  God’s Closet is a charity in St. Paul’s East Side Neighborhood that provides free clothes, household goods, books, and toys to low-income people who live in or near the area.  Christie was the lead volunteer on the first Saturday of the month.  She was responsible for opening, closing, and the safe, welcoming operation of the store, recruited and lead group of volunteers who organized donated inventory and provided customer service, and maintained records.

 

Lastly, Christie, through ChristieLegal’s social media websites, which include Facebook (www.facebook.com/ChristieLegalMN), Twitter (www.twitter.com/ChristieLegalMN), and LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/christielthompson), provides folks with a free source of information on family law related issues.  Christie posts current information on child divorce, the causes and effects of divorce / ending of a significant romantic relationship, dating, co-parenting, grandparent visitation, and child support.  She posts info. re. co-parenting because how you co-parent will affect your children for the rest of their lives.  She posts dating advice in hope that folks learning how to date more effectively will decrease the need for people to file divorce, child custody, child support, and grandparent visitation cases.

 

Christie’s favorite recreational activities are dancing, singing, walking in nature, laying and swimming on the beach, boating, playing strategy board and card games, playing basketball, soccer, and softball/baseball, attending historical and cultural events, and spending time with her friends and family.

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