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Friday, May 9, 2008

Gildea on the 'Wagon,' gets horse; Paul Anderson becomes acting justice

For those of you planning your Sesquicentennial activities, we received the following release from the courts today. We promise it didn't come pony express ...

Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Lorie Gildea (right) will portray Minnesota’s first chief justice, Lafayette Emmett this Sunday, May 11, 2008, as part of a Minnesota Sesquicentennial wagon train drive to the Capitol in St. Paul. Justice Gildea will ride a horse provided by the St. Paul Police Department Mounted Patrol.

On May 11, 17, and 18, in the Supreme Court Capitol Courtroom, Justice Paul Anderson (left) will portray former Supreme Court Justice Loren W. Collins, who served on the Supreme Court from 1887 to 1904. On May 17, Justice Gildea will join Justice Anderson, portraying Martha Angle Dorsett, the first woman admitted to practice law in Minnesota.

The Sesquicentennial Wagon Train will drive from Cannon Falls to St. Paul, arriving on Statehood Day, May 11, to kick off Statehood Week. Justice Gildea will participate in Sunday’s final leg of the journey, which will begin at Fort Snelling, travel down Summit Avenue and continue to the Capitol.

Details of the drive can be found on the official Sesquicentennial website: www.mn150years.org/home.

“The First 50 Years of Minnesota Statehood” will feature former “Justice Collins” portrayed by Justice Paul Anderson reminiscing about Minnesota’s early years as a state. Justice Collins will describe arriving in St. Paul from Massachusetts in 1854, homesteading in Eden Prairie and Northfield, serving in the army in the 1862 Indian Uprising and the Civil War, serving in Alabama as a treasury agent after the war, reading for the law in Hastings, and practicing law in St. Cloud. Justice Collins will also describe his public service as St. Cloud’s mayor, a state legislator, district court judge and Minnesota Supreme Court Justice, as well as his unsuccessful run for Governor in 1904. Justice Collins’ appearance was organized through the efforts of the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society, the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission, and the Minnesota Historical Society.

The performance will take place in the Supreme Court Capitol Courtroom on Saturday, May 11, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 17, from 11a.m. to 3p.m., and Sunday, May 18, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The events are free and open to the public.

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