The Post Office in Chisholm will be renamed to honor the late U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, who was born in Chisholm and served 36 years on Congress.
The U.S. House passed the bill and it’s now going to President Obama for his signature.
Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, and U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, sponsored the measure.
Oberstar died last year; he was well-known for his transportation and mining safety efforts in Congress.
Klobuchar said of the memorial:
This action will help ensure his hometown post office stands as a tribute to all he did to make his district and our nation a better place.
Chisholm – on Minnesota’s Iron Range – is where Jim learned the value of ideas as a star on the high school debating team. Chisholm is also where he learned about public service with his first job – delivering newspapers to the miners and the mining families. Chisholm is where he learned about hard work from his parents. Jim’s dad worked the mines his entire life – hardly ever missing a day. And Chisholm is the place where Jim learned those old-fashioned values he brought to Congress. Jim believed that a good idea is a good idea. It didn’t matter whether it was a Democrat or a Republican who offered an amendment or proposed a piece of legislation. If it was good for the nation – it was good enough for Jim.