Skillings Mining Review Dedicates the June 2014 Issue to Congressman James Oberstar

Skillings Mining Review dedicates the June issue to honoring the life and work of Minnesota Congressman James Oberstar. Oberstar is remembered as a champion of Great Lakes shipping and a tireless advocate for waterborne commerce. The son of an Iron Range miner, James Oberstar never forgot his roots, supporting large-scale infrastructure projects meant to encourage job growth in both mining and shipping in his jurisdiction.

Walnut, CA, June 26, 2014 --( In the course of his thirty-six year tenure, Oberstar authored or co-authored eight Water Resources Development Acts, served as Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and was a member of the House Steel Caucus. Some of the public works projects Oberstar spearheaded include a commuter rail system in the Twin Cities and a leading-edge water treatment plant in Ely, Minnesota. In May 2011, a Great Lakes ore carrier was renamed the Hon. James L. Oberstar in recognition of the congressman’s dedication to the industry and his constituents.

Oberstar was well-known for building bi-partisan coalitions as well as for his knowledge of the subtleties of Washington politics. President Barrack Obama said in a statement, “Jim cared deeply about the people of Minnesota, devoting his 36 years of service to improving America's infrastructure, creating opportunity for hardworking Minnesotans, and building a strong economy for future generations of Americans.”

James Louis Oberstar was born in 1934, in Chisholm, Minnesota. Oberstar graduated from Chisholm High School in 1952, and went on to the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul where he received B.A. degrees in French and Political Science in 1956. He received a master’s degree in European studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. Oberstar died May 3 at the age of 79.

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