Congressman Jim Oberstar's hometown of Chisholm honors his life, legacy

By KBJR News 1

June 28, 2014 Updated Jun 28, 2014 at 4:11 PM CST

Chisholm, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- "Government's there to serve everybody. And that's his legacy. And I
think we'll really miss that," said Ken Hasskamp, Oberstar's Former District Staffer.

It was a sentiment echoed in Chisholm as dozens of family and friends
gathered at St Johns Catholic Church for one last chance to pay their
respects to hometown boy and Former Congressman Jim Oberstar.

"He grew up in Chisholm and he had that sense of family, togetherness
closeness," said Hasskamp.

Oberstar was born and raised in Chisholm. He went on to serve
Minnesota's Eighth District in Washington D.C. for over three decades.
Longtime friend and fellow DFL'er Joe Begich says Oberstar was well
respected and a top-notch man.

"You could depend on him when you called him. He always returned your call. He was an excellent, excellent Congressman," said Joe Begich, former State Rep.

Congressman Oberstar was the longest serving Congressman in Minnesota history. He represented Minnesota's eighth district from 1975 to 2011 and would go on to chair the powerful House Transportation Committee.

"His leadership in transportation is a critical thing in keeping our
country as one of the number one countries in the world in terms of
getting our goods and services out there, so having the foresight to
pioneer some new ways of doing things," said Jason Metsa
Minnesota State Rep. District 6B

Many friends and family say Oberstar will be remembered for his passion and dedication to improving America's infrastructure. They say he was inspiration and his life and legacy will not be soon forgotten.

"I think he will be well respected and missed for many many years to
come," said Metsa.

The church where tonight's service was held was where Oberstar had his first communion and confirmation growing up.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com