Dying man in Minnesota gets wish of crossing new bridge

Water vapor streams away from a coal fire electric plant over the ice-covered St. Croix River seen from the interstate bridge separating Wisconsin and Minnesota at Hudson, Wisconsin, on January 9, 2010. Extreme cold temperatures have blanketed much of the US for the past several days. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

STILLWATER, Minn. — A dying man in Minnesota can cross something off his bucket list: crossing a new bridge into Wisconsin.

The Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/2tZxvKk ) reports that 82-year-old Jack Bohmert crossed the new St. Croix River bridge Thursday July 6.

Bohmert suffers from congestive heart failure and a massive blood clot. Doctors told him he has only days or weeks to live.

Bohmert made a bucket list of things he wants to do before he dies after receiving the news. At the top of his list was crossing the new bridge near his condominium.

The bridge won’t be open to the public until after a ribbon-cutting Aug. 2, but the Minnesota Department of Transportation made an exception for Bohmert.

The final goal on his Bohmert’s list is living until his 83rd birthday on July 17.