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The 1,050-foot-long Stillwater lift bridge, built in 1931, is likely to remain in operation longer than many people want following a decision last week by U.S. District Judge Michael Davis. He said the latest plan to build a new bridge violates the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Photo by Margaret A. Ontl

Update: Bridge plan suffers setback


U.S. District Judge Michael Davis on Thursday, March 11, issued an opinion to stop the proposed new bridge over the St. Croix River after considering the matter since Sept. 14, 2009.

On Monday, John Soderberg, a New Richmond banker who has worked on the bridge proposal for years, said he hasn't been able to sleep since hearing the news.

"But we're not going to stop," he vowed. "We're going to move ahead until we get this thing done. You haven't heard the end of it."

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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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