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July 22, 2013

Wahl, 1st woman on Minn. Supreme Court, dies

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Rosalie Wahl, the first woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court, has died. She was 88.

Wahl's daughter, Jenny Blaine, tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/12ZFYs7) her mother was taken to the emergency room Sunday evening and died of natural causes Monday morning.

Wahl was appointed by then-Gov. Rudy Perpich in 1977 and served on the state's highest court for 17 years. The court created gender-fairness and racial-bias task forces while she served.

Wahl put herself through law school at William Mitchell in St. Paul while raising a family of five children.

In a statement, Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea (GILL'-day) calls Wahl "a trailblazer" for the state.

Gov. Mark Dayton says Wahl "overcame barriers throughout her life to achieve remarkable success."

Services are pending.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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