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With the real item behind him, Aerial Lift Bridge Supervisor Ryan Beamer holds one of the miniatures made from worn steel plates removed from the bridge during recent repairs. Photo by Steve Kuchera, Duluth News Tribune

From Duluth bridge scrap to souvenirs

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DULUTH -- To Ryan Beamer, it seemed like an awful waste of steel.

For three years, the Aerial Lift Bridge has been undergoing improvements and repairs, including replacing worn steel plates.

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To just scrap those metal parts, which had served Duluth's most-prominent landmark well for more than 100 years, seemed a shame to Beamer, who has been bridge supervisor since 2005.

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