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Pawlenty picks new chief justice

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ST. PAUL - Eric Magnuson used to lead a commission that helped pick judges; now he is getting ready to become Minnesota's top judge.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Monday named the Minneapolis lawyer the state's chief justice, on June 1 replacing the retiring Russell Anderson.

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Magnuson, 57, has been an appellate attorney, arguing cases in state Appeals and Supreme courts, as well as in the federal court system.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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