Three memorial services are scheduled in Minnesota this month in honor of longtime Minnesota Rep. Jim Oberstar, who died in May. One will take place in Minneapolis, and the other two will be in northeastern Minnesota, the area he represented for decades in Congress, the Star Tribune reports.
Oberstar represented Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District for 36 years, from 1974-2010, and during that time he became adept at steering millions of federal dollars toward public infrastructure projects in his district and throughout Minnesota. He was an expert on transportation policy, and served for more than two decades on the House Transportation Committee. He was elected chairman of the committee in 2007.
Oberstar championed dozens of projects in his Iron Range district over the years. (A list of some of them is here.) He lost his re-election bid in November 2010 to Republican Chip Cravaack. Oberstar, 79, died in his sleep on May 3 at his home in Potomac, Maryland.
Oberstar's funeral was held in Potomac on May 8, and was attended by more than 500 people, including several members of Minnesota's congressional delegation. He is buried in Maryland.
Here are the details of the Minnesota memorial services:
University of Minnesota - June 26
2:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis
Duluth - June 27
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC)
350 Harbor Dr., Duluth
Chisholm - June 27
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
113 4th St. SW, Chisholm
This week, memorial organizers launched a new website in honor of Oberstar’s legacy: www.jimoberstar.org. The site features photos and videos of Oberstar and visitors can also post stories and memories of Oberstar on the site according to HometownSource.com.