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BENSON — The city of Benson cannot issue tickets to trains that sometimes block three major intersections for lengthy periods of time.

District Judge Donald Spilseth dismissed seven citations that Benson police had issued to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company for allegedly violating a state statute by blocking the 12th, 13th, and 14th Street crossings in the downtown for more than 10 minutes on dates in January, March and April of this year.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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