Minnesota bridge to be named for Vietnam War soldier

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A bridge that spans the Mississippi River in Wabasha, Minnesota, will be named for a soldier who was killed in the Vietnam War.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill last week designating the Wabasha Bridge on Truck Highway 60 the "Michael Duane Clickner Memorial Bridge," according to a news release.

"Sgt. Michael Duane Clickner served our state and nation with great courage. ... This bridge will always honor him and his heroism," Dayton said in the release.

Sgt. Clickner was a lifelong resident of Minnesota and graduated from Wabasha High School in 1967. He enlisted in the Army in 1968, training with the Special Forces.

He was killed when a land mine exploded in the Binh Dinh Province of Vietnam on April 11, 1970, a month before his tour of duty was supposed to end, the Associated Press reports. He was 21 years old.

Clickner was the only Wabasha resident killed in the Vietnam War, the Rochester Post Bulletin reports.

His family says they are thrilled the bridge was named after him, the newspaper says.

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