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March 26, 2013

Dayton taps Lillehaug for Minn. Supreme Court

ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton is preparing to name former U.S. Attorney David Lillehaug (LIL'-uh-hawg) to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Dayton is scheduled to announce his pick Tuesday afternoon. The Associated Press confirmed the pick from a Democratic Party official with knowledge of the appointment who requested anonymity because the official announcement hadn't been made.

Lillehaug has longstanding ties to the Minnesota DFL. He was Dayton's attorney during the governor's race recount in 2010. He also worked for U.S. Sen. Al Franken during his 2008 election recount. He currently practices at Minneapolis firm Fredrikson and Byron, and served as Minnesota's U.S. attorney under President Bill Clinton.

Lillehaug will replace Justice Paul Anderson, who will reach the court's mandatory retirement age of 70 in May.

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