ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Rosalie Wahl, the first woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court, has died. She was 88.
Wahl's daughter, Jenny Blaine, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press her mother was taken to the emergency room Sunday evening and died of natural causes Monday morning.
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 calls Wahl "a trailblazer'' for the state.
Gov. Mark Dayton said Wahl "overcame barriers throughout her life to achieve remarkable success.''Services are pending.