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Law naming Minn. highway after Decker takes effect Aug. 1

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An 11-mile stretch of State Highway 23 between Wakefield Township and Richmond in Stearns County will officially be designated the "Tom Decker Memorial Highway" on Thursday in honor of the slain Cold Spring police officer, the Star Tribune reports.

A spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Transportation told the newspaper that highway signs will be installed at a later time.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed the legislation in April to rename the portion of road after the Legislature unanimously approved the measure.

Decker, a 31-year-old father of four, was shot and killed Nov. 29 when he responded to a call in downtown Cold Spring. The investigation into his death remains open and no charges have been filed. A person of interest in the case killed himself on Jan. 2.

Decker was also remembered in May on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol at the 32nd Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address.

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