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Gildea appointed state's chief justice

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty today picked a Supreme Court justice who sided with him on a historic budget-cutting suit to run the high court and named a law professor who belongs to a conservative legal organization to the court.

Lorie Gildea, with roots in rural western Minnesota, will be the Supreme Court's chief justice. She is a University of Minnesota Morris graduate who said that growing up in Plummer makes her everything she is.

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