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Davis and Marsh Hallberg, attorney for the men, said the arrests were probably the result of misunderstandings. But Minneapolis Police Capt. Mike Martin indicated that the former Coast Guard captain had been trying to sell a $650,000 sonar unit to rescue workers.
Martin had sharp words for others planning similar forays: "I'll make sure, with every legal means possible, that you won't have the credibility to sell Girl Scout cookies," he said.
Police also detained another man who showed up at the scene and falsely claimed to be a consultant for the National Transportation Safety Board.
BILL MCAULIFFE and JIM FOTI
LIGHT RAIL PROPOSED FOR BRIDGE DESIGN
Talk of building the new I-35W bridge has spurred discussions about a new route for the Central Corridor light-rail transit line.
The idea would be to re-route the western end of the Central Corridor line connecting St. Paul and Minneapolis. Instead of having it run along Washington Avenue through campus and over the Washington Avenue bridge, the line would move to University Avenue SE and cross the Mississippi River over the new bridge.
"That would solve a bunch of problems," said Jim Erkel, director of the Land Use and Transportation Program for the Minnesota Center for Environmental Ethics. It would eliminate the need to build a tunnel underneath Washington Avenue on campus and the need to strengthen the Washington Avenue bridge to accommodate trains, he suggested.
"Doing those two things -- you'd save some $200 million," Erkel said.
Jeremy Hanson, a spokesman for Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, said Thursday that the mayor wants to see mass transit included in the design for the new bridge, but it's too early to say whether that would be light-rail trains.