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U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar speaks with Federal Judge Gerald Heaney at the annual Labor Day picnic in Duluth in September 2002. Oberstar died early Saturday, May 3, 2014, at age 79. (Bob King/Duluth News Tribune)

Former Congressman Jim Oberstar of Minnesota dies at age 79


DULUTH -- Jim Oberstar was remembered Saturday for his encyclopedic command of policy details, his devotion to the people of northern Minnesota and — to those who knew him best — as a mentor and friend.

Oberstar, a Chisholm native who was the longest-serving member of Congress in Minnesota history, died in his sleep on Saturday morning in his Maryland home, a statement from his family said. He was 79.

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