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A model of the existing Stillwater lift bridge, as it will look after it's converted into a pedestrian and bicycle crossing, is currently on display. This photo was taken at the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce. A press conference to discuss the progress of the project was conducted by the Coalition for the St. Croix River Crossing on Friday in New Richmond. State Senator Sheila Harsdorf is on the right. Photo by Jeff Holmquist

Bridge backers gaining optimism


It's been close before.

Back in the 1990s, the proposed St. Croix River Crossing project was just 30 days from being let for bids. But legal challenges, like obstacles that stopped the bridge several times before, again put the proposal on the shelf.

Since then, supporters of the idea of a new span between Stillwater, and Houlton have been working methodically to overcome the final roadblocks to construction.

It appears that day may come very soon.

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Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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