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With her family and Gov. Mark Dayton behind her, Wilhelmina Wright says Monday that a key court case that shaped her judicial thinking came from the U.S. Supreme Court to eliminate school segregation

Redistricting chief becomes Supreme Court justice

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ST. PAUL -- The judge who led a panel that redrew political district lines earlier this year soon will be Minnesota's first female African-American Supreme Court justice.

State Appeals Court Judge Wilhelmina Wright is Gov. Mark Dayton's pick to replace just-retired Justice Helen Meyer.

"I stand here on the shoulders of so many," Wright said after Dayton announced her appointment Monday.

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