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Continued: Steel from Minn. bridge that collapsed in 2007, killing 13, to be given to survivors, others

  • Article by: BRIAN BAKST , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 31, 2013 - 7:37 PM

"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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  • In this July 31, 2012, file photo rusting beams from the Aug. 1, 2007, Interstate 35W bridge collapse lay on the floor of a Minnesota transportation department garage in Oakdale, Minn. In a few weeks, officials will begin distributing tons of bridge steel under a process laid out in law this spring. Whatever isn't claimed by Thanksgiving 2013, will be sold for scrap.

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