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U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar speaks with Federal Judge Gerald Heaney at the annual Labor Day picnic in Duluth in September 2002. Oberstar died early Saturday, May 3, 2014, at age 79. DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE/Bob King

House of Representatives, Great Lakes fleet honor Oberstar

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DULUTH — The U.S. House of Representatives honored former Rep. Jim Oberstar on Tuesday evening, observing a moment of silence after the day’s business was conducted on the chamber floor.


Oberstar, who died in his sleep early Saturday, was Minnesota’s longest-serving congressman, elected to 18 consecutive terms in Congress and serving through 2010. He was 79 years old.

Oberstar served northeastern Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District.

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