Once in awhile, Governor Goofy impresses me. Okay, I lied, this is the first time. Ever.

I-35W bridge is lit blue in honor of Minnesota’s law enforcement officers

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The Interstate 35W bridge in downtown Minneapolis was lit blue on the night of Jan. 9, 2017, in observance of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. (Minnesota Department of Transportation)

By PIONEER PRESS | news@pioneerpress.com |
PUBLISHED: January 9, 2017 at 10:56 pm | UPDATED: January 9, 2017 at 10:58 pm
The Interstate 35W bridge in downtown Minneapolis was bathed in blue light on Monday night in observance of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.

At the direction of Gov. Mark Dayton, the Minnesota Department of Transportation lit the white bridge blue in honor of those “who protect and serve the beautiful state of Minnesota.”

The windows of the Governor’s Residence in St. Paul were also lit blue on Monday night.

“Every day and night, law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect and serve communities across our state,” Dayton said of his proclamation declaring Monday as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. “Today, we recognize the service and sacrifice of those brave men and women, and their families. Minnesota is a safer, stronger, better state thanks to their unwavering service.

The governor’s office said none of Minnesota’s more than 10,000 law enforcement officials lost their lives in the line of duty last year. However, 138 officers died nationwide in 2016, according to the office.

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