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Bachmann vows district change won't weaken push for St. Croix bridge

Minnesota's new political map moves the Stillwater area - and any new bridge that's built there - out of the district Michele Bachmann represents. But the Republican Congresswoman promises that won't soften her resolve to see the project completed. The area will now be in the district represented by Democrat Betty McCollum, who opposes the bridge design now being considered.
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Minnesota's new political map moves the Stillwater area - and any new bridge that's built there - out of the district Michele Bachmann represents. But the Republican Congresswoman promises that won't soften her resolve to see the project completed. The area will now be in the district represented by Democrat Betty McCollum, who opposes the bridge design now being considered.

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