Duluth’s airport terminal to be named for Oberstar

Duluth’s international airport passenger terminal will be named for the late U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, who represented the area in Congress for 35 years and was a champion of transportation.

A new terminal building was built in Duluth two years ago, and officials there had offered to name it after Oberstar.

Officials at the Range Regional Airport, now under construction in Hibbing, had also offered to name their new terminal after Oberstar. Both airports were waiting for the Oberstar family’s decision on the matter.

The Duluth News Tribune says the decision now has been revealed: Duluth’s terminal gets the name.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness said in an announcement:

“Jim was so proud of this beautiful new terminal and how it symbolized the vibrancy of the aviation sector in Duluth. Jim was passionate about creating a strong aviation sector in Duluth, and he played a key role in bringing hundreds of aviation jobs in our region. I’m so pleased that he will be honored in this way. My only regret is that he could not be with us for the celebration.”

Officials said they’re seeking private donations to pay the naming project costs.

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