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Contractors for the bridge piers have started digging and installing test shafts into the river’s bedrock. The final shafts will eventually be filled with concrete and serve as the bridge’s foundation.

Bridge work starts to rev up

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A giant map dominates the wall in Jon Chiglo’s office at the recently opened St. Croix Crossing headquarters in Stillwater, Minn.


The map shows the details of a huge excavation and construction project that will transform the local landscape over the next four years. After decades of planning and political challenges, this summer marks the beginning of the actual work on the approaches and new bridge between Houlton and Oak Park Heights, Minn.

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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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