September 20, 2014

Sprague hired as new assistant prosecutor for Arenac County

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STANDISH — Sterling native Melissa Sprague was hired as Arenac County’s new assistant prosecutor Feb. 1, replacing former assistant prosecutor Judge Richard Vollbach.

Sprague received her law degree from the University of Nebraska in May 2008 after completing an accounting degree at Ferris State University.

Sprague said she and her husband planned to move out West to the Colorado area, which was one of the reasons for going to Nebraska for law school. However, she said they changed their minds after living in Nebraska for a while.

“I actually missed my little town,” she sad. “I missed the community feel.”

She also said that Nebraska didn’t have much accessibility to the outdoors, and she missed being able to easily go hunting and fishing.

“People would take trips to Colorado to fish,” she said. “I missed the outdoors.”

After passing the bar, Sprague worked for Legal Services of Eastern Michigan in Saginaw as a bankruptcy attorney.

Sprague moved to Standish upon getting the job in Saginaw and was very happy when she got the job of assistant prosecutor.

“I was so excited,” she said. “I really wanted the job.”

Since returning to Standish, Sprague has been active as a volunteer for the Northeast Michigan Arts Center and Project Connect, an organization focused on providing resources to those in extreme poverty or homelessness.

Sprague first became interested in law during high school, and she did a work-study program under current prosecuting attorney Curtis Broughton and Vollbach when she was 15 years old.

Aside from being the assistant prosecutor, Sprague is a joint owner of Broughton & Sprague, a civil office in Standish that practices bankruptcy, divorce, wills and other areas of law.

“I didn’t think you could go to work every day and enjoy it,” Sprague said.

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