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Prairie Line to receive $2.5M

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ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Valley Regional Railroad Authority will receive $2.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported on Friday.

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The funds will be used by the authority to upgrade the track, where freight shipments are now limited to no more than 7 mph.

The 94-mile rail line, operated by the Minnesota Prairie Line Railroad, runs from Norwood Young America to Hanley Falls. The new rail will support heavier rail cars and higher train speeds, providing operational efficiencies and faster deliveries.

The Minnesota Prairie Line supports rural economic development by carrying agricultural and other products to market including corn, biodiesel and ethanol.

The most recent grant is part of $6.25 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment funds to be awarded.

The Duluth Port Authority is receiving $3 million for improvements at the Duluth harbor.

The St. Croix Valley Railroad will receive $750,000 to repair a railroad bridge over the Snake River in Pine City.

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