Governors of Minnesota and Wisconsin bridge political divide, send letter to president

They may come from opposing political philosophies, but Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker are speaking with one voice on the St. Croix River bridge project. The two governors sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to quickly sign legislation that clears the way for bridge.
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They may come from opposing political philosophies, but Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker are speaking with one voice on the St. Croix River bridge project. The two governors sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to quickly sign legislation that clears the way for bridge.

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