Jay Cooke swinging bridge reopens for visitors

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The swinging bridge is back in full swing at Jay Cooke State Park near Duluth.

The bridge reopened Friday, more than a year after devastating flooding badly damaged it.

A group of children was the first to cross the restored bridge because the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says they may have the chance to bring their kids across the bridge someday.

WDIO-TV (http://bit.ly/1aOMOln) reports Park Manager Gary Hoeft told a crowd of dozens at a news conference “we’re just terribly excited to have this reopen to the public.”

At more than 200 feet long, the span recreates the appeal of the bridge’s past, according to the DNR.

Pedestrians had used the signature bridge to cross the rushing St. Louis River for generations before last year’s flooding.

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Information from: WDIO-TV, http://www.wdio.com

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