It was a big day for late Minnesota Congressman James Oberstar, as two public buildings were named for the longest-serving member of Congress in Minnesota history.
The first event Friday was in Chisholm, where a good-sized crowd was on hand to pay tribute to Oberstar as the Chisholm Post Office was dedicated in his honor.
Oberstar passed away unexpectedly in Maryland on May 3, 2014 at the age of 79.
He was born in Chisholm and represented northern Minnesota in Congress for 18 terms – or a total of 36 years. Oberstar was elected to the House in 1974 and served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee until he left Congress in 2011.
The bill renaming the post office was introduced by U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Rep. Rick Nolan.
The second event Friday afternoon was at the Duluth airport, where the U.S. Representative James L. Oberstar Terminal was also dedicated this afternoon.
The terminal's new signage and a bronze statue were unveiled during the ceremony on Friday.
The Forum News Service notes that Oberstar helped secure the funding for the terminal in Duluth that opened in 2013.