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2011: Voyageurs Honors Former Congressman Oberstar

Updated: 07/02/2011 11:02 PM
Created: 07/02/2011 10:58 PM WDIO.com
By: Katey Rusch

International Falls honored former Congressman James Oberstar for his support of Voyageurs National Park.

The community dedicated the newly built park headquarters and ampitheater to Oberstar, naming it the James Oberstar Riverfront Complex. He was thanked for his essential role in the creation of the park from its start fifty years ago. Back then, Oberstar says park support wasn't always easy to come by.

"What is so special is each side had to make a journey to each and see the views of the others to make this happen," said Former Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar.

Minnesota Senator Al Franken pointed out Oberstar's luck, that Voyageurs, isn't a state park, that's closed now due to the government shutdown.

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