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Hibbing, Duluth airport terminals want to bear Oberstar's name

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It appears that an airport in northeastern Minnesota will bear late former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar's name, but which one is anybody's guess.

The Duluth News Tribune says the Duluth Airport Authority wants to rename the new Duluth International Airport passenger terminal in honor of the longtime transportation advocate; and the Ranger Regional Airport in Hibbing wants to do the same with its new terminal, where construction gets underway in September.

The quandary is, both terminals can't have the same name. According to the News Tribune, Michael Lundstrom, president of the Duluth Airport Authority, says it would be too confusing if both terminals had the same name.

The News Tribune says the Oberstar family is considering both offers.

If it's to Minnesota's congressional delegation, Oberstar's name will be seen elsewhere, too.

The Mesabi Daily News says U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Rep. Rick Nolan along with Reps. Collin Peterson, Betty McCollum, Michele Bachmann, Keith Ellison and Tim Walz have bipartisan bill to rename the Chisholm Post Office and portions of Highways 35 and 61 after Oberstar.

Not long after Oberstar's death, Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Ill., introduced a bill that would name a Department of Transportation building the “James L. Oberstar United States Department of Transportation Building Complex.”

Oberstar died May 3 at age 79. He served in Congress from 1975 to 2011.

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