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First gay U.S. marshal to be sworn in today in Minneapolis

A new U.S. marshal for Minnesota will be sworn in today.

When Sharon Lubinski takes the oath of office, she'll become the first openly gay U.S. marshal in the country, and the first female to hold the post in Minnesota.

Lubinski has 31 years of law enforcement experience and was most recently the assistant police chief in Minneapolis.

She'll be sworn in at 10 a.m. at the federal courthouse in Minneapolis. Speakers at the ceremony will include Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis and retired Minneapolis and Bloomington police Chief John Laux.

The U.S. marshal has a key role in the federal justice system, overseeing federal courthouse security, witness protection, the apprehension of federal fugitives and the transport of federal prisoners.