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Rondi Watson of Duluth watches as the freighter Hon. James L. Oberstar passes under the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth on Thursday morning; the ship gave a special, formal Interlake fleet salute - two long and three short blasts - in honor of its namesake, former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, who died Saturday at age 79. (Bob King /

Freighter Oberstar gives special salute in honor of namesake

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On a calm but cool morning, with ice floes moving in the Duluth ship canal, avid ship watcher Georgianna Henry typically would have watched a ship enter the harbor from atop the hillside.


But not Thursday.

She and JC Curtis, both from Duluth, braved the elements to come to Canal Park to honor the late U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar as the ship named after him passed under the Aerial Lift Bridge just after 9:30 a.m.

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