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Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad has announced it is cutting up to 17 from the local switching yard, above, as it looks to weather a year influenced by a poor economy. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

BNSF to lay off staff at Willmar depot

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WILLMAR -- Fifteen to 17 jobs in the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway switching yard in Willmar are being eliminated as part of an overall reduction in BNSF's switching operations.

Employees were notified this week that they are being furloughed.

BNSF hopes to eventually call them back to work, said Steve Forsberg, general director of public affairs for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.

"We just don't know when that's going to be," he said.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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