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Minnesota teacher under investigation found dead on island with husband
MPCA seeks comment on water quality reports for Chippewa River Watershed
Heavy storms lead to flash flooding in central Minn.
Docs facing more parents who refuse to vaccinate kids
Traffic deaths rise 7.2% in 2015; almost half involved no seat belt use
Relaxed Serena set to open quest for more history
Chargers like stadium better than new turf
MURPHY: Bridgewater shows there's no reason to panic
Berger gets his turn at center
Cardinal volleyball has state on its mind
Comedy legend Gene Wilder dead at 83
Tickets on sale Friday for tours of Paisley Park
Mislabeled pills seized at Prince's home after his death
J.K. Rowling releasing 3 new 'Harry Potter' books
New Barn play continues this week
Box office: 'Don't Breathe' Scares Up $26.1 million as hot summer for horror continues
Milestones launching in September
Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving
Live it!: The changing role of pets in a family
August/September 2016 issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
George Michael "Mike" McCarthy
Lawrence "Larry" Frederick Harding
Oliver "Ollie" Moldestad
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Cohen: The alchemy of turning bribes into gifts
Thomas: Where there's smoke there is fire
Cartoon by Steve Benson
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Updated: Five injured in three-vehicle crash in Willmar
May 12, 2016
Commentary: Amtrak helps government derail
In 1906, Leonor Loree, an accomplished railroad executive, examined the dilapidated Kansas City Southern Railroad that he had been hired to rehabilitate....
May 12, 2016 - 12:00am
October 6, 2015
Amtrak says it would suspend national rail service without safety extension
WASHINGTON - Amtrak has told U.S. lawmakers that it will suspend service on its national network in mid-December unless Congress extends a Dec. 31 deadline for implementing advanced safety technology, according to an Oct. 5 letter from Amtrak reviewed by Reuters. The...
October 6, 2015 - 2:56pm
July 15, 2015
BNSF train derails in far northeast Montana, delays Amtrak service
WOLF POINT, Mont. -- Cleanup crews were working overnight near Wolf Point, Mont., after a BNSF Railway train derailment Tuesday after
July 15, 2015 - 10:44am
May 20, 2015
Letter: The dangers of one-crew trains
Have you noticed most news reports about the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia have left out the important question “Why weren’t there two crew members in the cab of that locomotive?” It’s because the larger focus has been on the delay of implementing new technology...
May 20, 2015 - 2:00am
October 1, 2014
Search for a rail congestion cure
ST. PAUL — A soybean farmers from southwestern Minnesota and an official of a taconite mine in the northeast, and more than a dozen others,...
October 1, 2014 - 12:00am
September 24, 2014
Rail delays upset lawmakers
ST. PAUL — Two Minnesota Legislature transportation leaders told the federal Surface Transportation Board on Wednesday that North Dakota crude oil is forcing delays on Amtrak’s Empire Builder. The train carries passengers from Chicago to the northwestern United States, including...
September 24, 2014 - 11:10pm
June 13, 2014
Amtrak's detours Empire Builder passenger train passing through region this afternoon
WILLMAR - Amtrak’s Empire Builder train riders are getting a major detour through west central Minnesota today due to a freight train derailment...
June 13, 2014 - 2:16pm
January 1, 2011
BNSF: Amtrak services suspended in western Minn., N.D. and Mont. due to weather
SEATTLE (AP) -- A Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman says icy weather has backed up trains on New Year's Day and forced it to halt Amtrak service on its tracks across Montana and North Dakota. BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says traffic has been slowed by snow, freezing temperatures...
January 1, 2011 - 7:21pm
October 13, 2010
Pickup crashes into Amtrak passenger train in ND, two hospitalized in Minot
KNOX, N.D. (AP) - Two hunters from Wisconsin were injured when they crashed into an Amtrak passenger train in North Dakota. Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm told the Grand Forks Herald that none of the train crew or 234 passengers was hurt in the Tuesday morning crash near Knox in northeast...
October 13, 2010 - 7:44am
August 21, 2009
Letter: Fair transportation funding
In response to "On Amtrak," on page A4 in the Aug. 11 issue of the West Central Tribune, I, being a railroad travel advocate, will address the issue. Picture, if you will, that total transportation appropriations come from a tank of water that can hold a few hundred gallons of water...
August 21, 2009 - 12:00am
November 7, 2008
Letter: A return of Amtrak service?
In response to "Study by Minnesota 2020 urges state lawmakers to get the ball rolling on regional railroad lines" in the Oct. 16 paper, I find it necessary to respond. I have been a railroad travel advocate come 40 years in July. At this time, I find importance to informing West...
November 7, 2008 - 12:00am