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Lori Skjervin 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.

Update 2 p.m.: UM-Morris grad appointed state's chief justice; Pawlenty picks a 2nd 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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