Decades of debate could be near end as Stillwater bridge bill moves to U.S. Senate floor

A Senate committee earlier overwhelmingly approved the bill sponsored by Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar. An identical bill is pending on the House floor. The proposed span would replace the historic lift bridge, which has seen traffic congestion and structural repairs increase over the years.
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A Senate committee earlier overwhelmingly approved the bill sponsored by Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar. An identical bill is pending on the House floor. The proposed span would replace the historic lift bridge, which has seen traffic congestion and structural repairs increase over the years.

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