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Three Minnesota memorial services planned for James Oberstar

The longtime northern Minnesota congressman died in May and was buried in Maryland.

Three memorial services for the late Congressman James Oberstar will be held in Minnesota later this month.

Oberstar, who represented northeastern Minnesota in Congress for 36 years, died in May and was buried in Maryland. He was 79.

Now, the Duluth News Tribune reports, three memorial services are scheduled in Minnesota:

  • Minneapolis, June 26, 2:30 p.m., at the Cowles Auditorium on the  the University of Minnesota campus.
  • Duluth, June 27, 1 p.m., at the Harborview Ballroom of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
  • Chisholm, his hometown, June 27, 6 p.m., at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 113 Fourth St. SW.

Oberstar was a major force in transportation projects during his years in Congress, notes the MinnPost obituary by Devin Henry:

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He was a strong supporter of federal transportation and public works projects, a long-time member of the House Transportation Committee and its chairman between 2007 and 2011, when he left office after a surprise electoral defeat. A portrait of Oberstar hangs in the Transportation Committee Room in the Rayburn House Office Building.”