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MNDOT bridge inspector Larry Paige and another MNDOT employee survey the bottom

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Perched in a small “snooper” bucket, Larry Paige conducted a routine safety inspection Wednesday with the Mississippi River far below and hundreds of vehicles crossing overhead on Brainerd’s Washington Street Bridge.


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Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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