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Pioneering SD female judge dies

PIERRE -- Mildred Ramynke, 96, of Peever, the first woman in South Dakota to serve as a county judge and circuit court judge, died Saturday.

"Mildred Ramynke was a trailblazer for women in South Dakota," said Gov. Dennis Daugaard. "As a judge, she distinguished herself through many years of service to her community and state."

Ramynke became the first female county judge in South Dakota when she took the bench in Roberts County in 1958. She later served as county judge for Day, Grant and Marshall Counties. After the creation of the Unified Judicial System, Ramynke successfully ran for circuit judge in the Fifth Judicial Circuit, becoming the state's first female circuit judge. She retired in 1986.

Gov. Daugaard has ordered flags to fly half-staff at the Capitol on the day of Ramynke's funeral Monday.

-Source: Office of Gov. Daugaard