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In background for OPED News Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office said that the Senator is meeting with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybek, Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters and Senator Norm Coleman at this time and Klobuchar will have another statement for OPED News later today.

“This tragedy hits so close to home – in fact, within a mile of my family’s home,” said Klobuchar , a former Hennepin County Attorney and long-time Minneapolis resident, in an official statement.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with the many people affected by this evening’s shocking bridge collapse.

"Most importantly, we are grateful to the many first responders who have moved so quickly to help the victims of this unfortunate accident,” said Klobuchar. “On behalf of the entire Minnesota delegation, we are committed to working together to bring all available federal resources to bear in the wake of this tragedy.”

In an official statement, Minnesota Senators Norm Coleman and Amy Klobuchar sent their thoughts and prayers to the people of Minnesota, and pledge the full support of the federal government in the wake of tonight’s tragic bridge collapse in Minneapolis, MN. Senators Coleman and Klobuchar have been in constant contact with Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters, and will travel to Minneapolis with the Secretary in the morning to survey the damage and recovery efforts. They have pledged to ensure every available federal resource makes its way to Minnesota immediately, and to help the Minnesota Department of Transportation move forward.

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“In light of today’s disaster, we send our thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. This is a tragic day for the state, and must first focus on rescue and recovery. The people of Minnesota should know we will devote the full resources of the government in any way possible,” said Coleman. “The Secretary of Transportation assured me that a thorough and complete forensic investigation will be conducted, which I hope will produce a definitive answer as to why this unbelievable disaster has occurred. We must ensure that a catastrophe like the one that happened today never occurs again.”

 

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Georgianne Nienaber is an investigative environmental and political writer. She lives in rural northern Minnesota, New Orleans and South Florida. Her articles have appeared in The Society of Professional Journalists' Online Quill (more...)
 

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