The Star Tribune is reporting this morning that Sandra Gardebring Ogren, a former Minnesota state Supreme Court Justice and very visible player in state government, has died in California at age 63.
She had recently retired there, after serving as vice president for advancement at California Polytechnic State University since 2004.
Few details of her death were available.
Gov. Rudy Perpich appointed her to the state Supreme Court in 1991; at the time, it made Minnesota the first state to have a female-majority Supreme Court, the paper said. She resigned from the court in 1998.
Her career in the state also included stints as head of the state Department of Human Services, the Metropolitan Council and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and three years as a state appeals court judge.
After leaving the Supreme Court, she worked at the University of Minnesota, managing legislative lobbying, fundraising and communications.
She moved to California in 2004, after getting a job offer at Cal Poly, in San Luis Obispo, where she and husband, former state Rep. Paul Ogren, owned a home and planned to retire.