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  • The casket containing the remains of former Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., is carried into Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church for a Mass of Christian Burial, in Potomac, Md., Thursday, May 8, 2014. Oberstar served in the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 2011 and died in his sleep at home in Potomac, Md., on May, 3, 2014.    He was 79-years old.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Hundreds mourn longtime Minnesota Rep. Oberstar

    Friends and family remembered longtime Minnesota U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar on Thursday for his insatiable curiosity and his passion for transportation.

  • FILE - In a Wednesday, July 14, 2010 file photo, Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn., questions witnesses during a hearing at the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation hearing on airline fees on Capitol Hill. Former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, who served northeastern Minnesota for 36 years, died in his sleep Saturday, May 3, 2014, according to a statement from his family. He was 79. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

    Longtime Minnesota congressman Oberstar dies at 79

    Former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, who represented northeastern Minnesota for 36 years, died unexpectedly early Saturday morning. He was 79.

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  • Former Sen. Rod Grams, Minnesota Republican, speaks with a reporter before a meeting with citizens at Freddies Family Restaurant in Mora, Minn., in 2006. Mr. Grams, a former Twin Cities news anchorman who went on to serve one Senate term, died on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at age 65. He had been diagnosed with cancer in April 2012. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Former Sen. Rod Grams dies at 65

    Rod Grams, a former Twin Cities anchorman who went on to serve as a Republican U.S. senator from Minnesota, has died. He was 65.

  • In this photo taken June 16, 2010, John Kausner of Clarence Center, N.Y., left, who's 24-year-old daughter Ellyce died in the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Feb. 2009, talks to Jeffrey Smisek, right, Continental Airlines President and CEO, to request his support for new airline safety provisions outside a congressional committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congress is on the verge of passing far-reaching airline safety legislation, and a lot of the credit goes to the families and friends of the 50 people died in the Flight 3407 crash more than a year ago. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

    Congress ready to pass aviation safety measures

    The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said he is introducing a bill that would tighten measures for airlines after a deadly commuter plane crash in western New York in early 2009.

  • Transportation ticket shock

    In the wake of the Minnesota bridge collapse, House Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar, Minnesota Democrat, was struck with a blinding insight on how to solve the problem of neglected infrastructure. Before you continue reading, let me suggest that you take a pair of vise grips and use them to get a tight hold on your wallet. Because what occurred to Mr. Oberstar is that the federal government needs more money to spend on aging bridges.

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