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New Minnesota Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, right, looks at the crowd Monday as former Chief Justice Russell Anderson applauds following Gildea taking the oath. She became Minnesota's 22nd chief justice. (Don Davis/Forum Communications)

Gildea sworn in as Minnesota's chief justice


ST. PAUL -- Lorie Skjerven Gildea learned at an early age how to tackle difficult situations.

Gildea, who on Monday was sworn in as the Minnesota Supreme Court's 22nd chief justice, was a young 4-H member when she took her Shetland pony, Carmel, to the Red Lake County Fair. Older 4-H members were sure she would "freeze up" and fail in the horse competition, former Minnesota Chief Justice Russell Anderson said.

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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.