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Dayton mulls 4 for first high court appointment

Gov. Mark Dayton is considering a former U.S. attorney and three judges for his first appointment to the Minnesota Supreme Court. Dayton's office said Friday that he will interview Judges Tanya Bransford, Margaret Chutich and Wilhelmina Wright and former U.S. Attorney David Lillehaug after they were recommended by a judicial selection panel.
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Gov. Mark Dayton has released his four-person short list as he mulls who to appoint to the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Star Tribune reports.

Dayton will fill a vacancy created by Justice Helen Meyer's retirement from the seven-member court. Her retirement leaves Chief Justice Lorie Gildea as the only woman on the high court, the newspaper notes.

Dayton's office said Friday that he will interview:

Tanya Bransford, a Hennepin County judge who was appointed in 1994 and elected in 1996, 2002 and 2008. She got her law degree at Hamline University.

Margaret Chutich, appointed by Dayton to the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Dec. 27, 2011, to a term that will expire in January 2015. She got her law degree at the University of Michigan.

Judge Wilhelmina Wright was appointed by Gov. Jesse Ventura to the Minnesota Court of Appeals, where she has served since September 3, 2002. She went to Yale and got her law degree at Harvard.

Former U.S. Attorney David Lillehaug is now a lawyer at the Minneapolis firm Fredrikson & Byron.

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