Former Vice President Walter Mondale opposes efforts by Rep. Michele Bachmann and Sen. Amy Klobuchar to clear the way for a new bridge south of Stillwater. From the Star Tribune:
“I’m against it. This bridge as proposed should not be built,” said Mondale, now a Minneapolis attorney who was President Jimmy Carter’s vice president.
“I think that people ought to be soberly thinking about whether they want to assault the uniqueness and majesty of that river. This is establishing a dangerous precedent of the whole river system.”
Mondale’s opposition makes the news because as a U.S. senator, he was one of the authors of the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers law that originally preserved the upper river. (The lower river – south of St. Croix Falls – was added to the protected system in 1972.)
Sometime, I’ll provide a more detailed summary of the twists and turns of the Stillwater bridge controversy, but in short, this legislation would allow the project to proceed despite the Sierra Club’s successful lawsuit against it last year.