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A mother and three children de-board the re-routed Empire Builder at Willmar at 4 p.m. Friday. Angie Moore, with Will, 11, Abbie, 10, and Allissa, 4, had departed Seattle 48 hours earlier. Friends were driving up from southern Minnesota to pick them up. Conductor Tom Fracassi said a derailment near Elk River would add about 12 hours to the route. Amtrak service through Willmar ended in 1980. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Freight derailment forces Amtrak detour

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WILLMAR — Amtrak’s Empire Builder train riders Friday got a major detour through west central Minnesota due to a freight train derailment on BNSF Railway tracks near Elk River.

An Amtrak spokesman confirmed Friday afternoon that the Empire Builder was rerouted along BNSF Railway tracks through west central Minnesota, traveling a southerly route from Fargo, N.D., through Breckenridge-Morris-Willmar-Litchfield to Minneapolis.

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Kelly Boldan
Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: insidescoop.areavoices.com or the Tribune's blog at: westcentraltribune.areavoices.com.
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