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"They have expressed to me that they do want to make sure that the distribution of this steel is kept to those directly affected," she said.
There will be tough calls for officials to make.
The Lake Region Pioneer Thresherman's Association has asked for a giant roller bearing part from the bridge to display alongside its old tractors, steam locomotives, log school building, saw mill and other past-century features on land in Dalton, Minn.
The nonprofit association's president, Richard Akerman, said it would give the thousands of visitors who come by annually a chance to see the part up close and better understand how older bridges function.
"We would certainly not be sensationalizing in any way the tragedy there," Akerman said. "That's not what we're about. We're about preserving the past for future generations. That's our goal."
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