Highway names voted

Minnesota House members agreed Tuesday to memorialize one of their former leaders.

Representatives voted 132-0 to name a stretch of Highway 53 in far northern Minnesota after former House Speaker Irv Anderson,DFL- International Falls, who died last year.

Senators already approved the legislation, which allows for signs to be placed along the highway in Anderson’s name.

“He traveled this stretch of highway hundreds and hundreds of times back and forth to the Capitol,” Rep. Tom Anzelc, DFL-Balsam Township, said of Anderson.

Also Tuesday, representatives unanimously approved naming portions of Clearwater County highways in honor of veterans. Local veterans’ organizations would pay for signs.

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