Wabasha bridge over Mississippi named for Minnesotan killed in Vietnam

The bridge over the Mississippi River in Wabasha will be named after a Minnesotan who was killed in the Vietnam War.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill this week designating the Wabasha Bridge over the Mississippi River on Hwy. 60 the “Michael Duane Clickner Memorial Bridge.”

Clickner, of Wabasha, was 21 in 1970, when he was killed by an exploding land min in Vietnam.

Said Dayton in a statement: “Sergeant Michael Duane Clickner served our state and nation with great courage. This bridge will always honor him and his heroism.”

The bill was sponsored by state Rep. Mary Sawatzky, a DFLer from Willmar and state Sen. Roger Reinert, a DFLer from Duluth.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Mac Riddel on 05/22/2014 - 01:07 pm.

    No disrespect, but why exactly? Was he the only Minnesotan killed in Vietnam? I’m going to guess no. So why him? Did he do something really heroic while fighting in Vietnam? Or did his family really push a few particular legislators to get this pronouncement passed?

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