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Lorie Skjerven Gildea, a 1983 University of Minnesota, Morris graduate, was the speaker at UMM's 2007 Commencement. Gildea was named Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday. She succeed Eric Magnuson, who is retiring. Sun Tribune file photo.

UMM graduate named state's Chief Justice

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y Andrew Tellijohn

State Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty today appointed Lorie Gildea to be Minnesota Supreme Court chief justice.

Gildea, who grew up in western Minnesota's Plummer and received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris, has served on the state's high court since January 2006.

She replaces Eric Magnuson, who announced in March that he would leave the court at the end of June.

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