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Oberstar Announces Funding for Mississippi River Overlook Project
WASHINGTON--The City of Baxter will benefit from a grant for $260,123 awarded by the National Park Service (NSP), announced Congressman James L. Oberstar. The funding, which was awarded to and will be administered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), comes from the NPS’s Land and Water Conservation Fund. MDNR will subgrant the funding to Baxter to acquire 63.1 acres of forested land along the Mississippi River.

November - December 2006
Fire Departments Receive Funding
Thursday, November 09, 2006
WASHINGTON--Congressman James L. Oberstar announced today that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded funding to several local fire departments through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.

Oberstar Reacts to Reelection as Eighth District's Representative
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
WASHINGTON--Today, Congressman James L. Oberstar held a press conference in his Duluth office to discuss his priorities in the 110th Congress, which will see the return of Democrats as the majority party in the House of Representatives. Oberstar, who is the longest-serving Representative in Minnesota’s history, was elected to his 17th term by a wide margin last night.

Oberstar Reacts to Timber Sale Contract Extension
Monday, November 06, 2006
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to extend certain timber sale contracts for one year, according to Congressman James L. Oberstar.

Oberstar Announces Funding for Firefighters
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
WASHINGTON--Congressman James L. Oberstar announced today that the Department of Homeland Security has awarded Assistance to Firefighters Grants to several fire departments in Minnesota, which will be used for Fire Operations and Firefighter Safety.

Home Town Values
Through forums and regional tours, I continue to gain insights from my constituents on public policy issues and have introduced and supported legislation that reflect the core values of Minnesota’s Eighth Congressional District.
Student Loan Consolidation

On July 1, 2006 the interest rates on outstanding federal student loans are expected to rise to just over 7 percent—the highest rate in six years—and the rate on outstanding federal parent loans are expected to rise to about 7.8 percent. Student borrowers who consolidate before July 1st may be eligible to lock in a rate as low as 4.75 percent over the life of their loan(s)—which would save the typical undergraduate borrower almost $3,500 over the life of his or her loan. But students and parents must act quickly to ensure that they can lock in these lower rates.