Leaders Remember Rosalie Wahl

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KIMT NEWS 3 — One of the most historic women in Minnesota’s history has passed away.

Rosalie Wahl, the first woman to serve on the Minnesota Supreme Court, passed away Monday morning at the age of 88.

Wahl was appointed to the court in 1977, where she served for 17 years. Lawmakers say they are thankful for trailblazers like her.

“In Mrs. Wahl’s case, she was the first female appointed to the supreme court, a real trailblazer there and even as a female attorney,” said State Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester).

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (DFL-MN) said in a statement:

“Rosalie Wahl was a courageous and compassionate woman who brought a strong sense of justice and pioneering spirit to everything she did. Her journey was not an easy one, but her grit, intellect and dedication to the values she upheld led her to become the first woman to serve on Minnesota’s Supreme Court. As a former prosecutor, I traveled on the trail that Rosalie blazed and I know her impact will be felt for generations to come.”

U.S. Sen. Tim Walz (DFL-MN) said in a statement:

“Justice Wahl didn’t just crack the glass ceiling, she punched through it. As a pioneer for woman’s rights, she stood for up for equality and fairness. She commanded respect and was a role model for all. As we mourn her death, let us remember how she lived: passionately and courageously. We all are in her debt and her family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.”

Wahl put herself through law school at William Mitchell in St. Paul while raising a family of five children.

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