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

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

President Bob McAdams of the Twin Cities Cremation Society says Wahl died Monday morning at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

A cause of death was not released, but the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/15bNKPl0) reports family members say Wahl's health had been failing.

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.

Services are pending.

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