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St. Cloud-based video company challenges state law on serving gay couples
Western Minn. cattlemen to serve on state association
Spicer has seen the light
Minnesota's Ellison would resign from U.S. House if he wins Democratic post
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Wild hold off Leafs' surge
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Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
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Benson, Minn., native pens: 'Mama's Knight: A Cancer Story of Love'"
Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development
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Willmar area cattle sorters leaving their mark on growing sport
Harlow D. Skindelien
Marlene M. Baumann
Vernon "Bud" Blindt
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Cartoon by Bruce Plante
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January 12, 2016
Safety issues bolster Benson’s case for improving rail crossings
BENSON — Just over a year ago, the Minnesota Department of Transportation completed a study of railroad crossings, ranking the risk of accidents...
January 12, 2016 - 11:36pm
October 22, 2015
Dayton moves up railway inspection
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday the state is making the inspection of a railway carrying increased amounts of crude oil through downtown...
October 22, 2015 - 11:12pm
May 7, 2015
Federal officials investigate North Dakota oil train derailment
HEIMDAL, N.D. — Wheel fragments found at the scene of a fiery oil train derailment here are “of great interest” to federal officials investigating...
May 7, 2015 - 11:07pm
Company says oil on derailed train met new rules
TIOGA, N.D. — The oil on the train that derailed Wednesday near Heimdal had a vapor pressure substantially lower than the standards in North...
May 7, 2015 - 11:02pm
May 6, 2015
Derailment draws attention to lack of state rail deal
ST. PAUL — A North Dakota oil train derailment reinforces the fact that Minnesota legislators have a week and a half left in their 2015 session...
May 6, 2015 - 11:26pm
April 28, 2015
U.S., Canada to have oil train safety plan Friday
WASHINGTON/OTTAWA, April 28 (Reuters) - The top U.S. and Canadian transportation officials will meet in Washington on Friday to outline a cross-border oil train safety plan, a sign the two governments may have harmonized efforts for tougher cars and other measures to curb fiery derailments,...
April 28, 2015 - 11:03pm
February 12, 2015
Sources say Transportation Department pushes tough standards for oil trains
WASHINGTON/OTTAWA — The U.S. Transportation Department has recommended crude oil trains be reinforced and have advanced braking systems installed...
February 12, 2015 - 11:30pm
December 14, 2014
Documents cast doubt on BNSF’s reasons for shipping delays
WORTHINGTON — When months of rail traffic delays cost farmers, coal companies, utilities, grain businesses and others hundreds of millions of dollars, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and other carriers blamed the delays on unexpected heavy shipping demand and bad weather.
December 14, 2014 - 11:37pm
November 12, 2014
BNSF puts a moratorium on adding more oil tank cars
NEW YORK/CALGARY— BNSF Railroad, the Warren Buffett-owned company that has benefited most from the North Dakota shale boom, has told some customers...
November 12, 2014 - 11:29pm
October 8, 2014
All major U.S. railroads must report service stats
The top U.S. rail regulator ruled on Wednesday that all Class 1 railroads operating in the United States must provide detailed weekly freight service reports, a decision that cited months of congestion that has hit the grain and power industries particularly hard. Carriers must submit...
October 8, 2014 - 11:20pm
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
September 23, 2014
Dayton: North Dakota needs to make oil safer
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton latched onto a North Dakotan’s suggestion about how to make oil safer to transport earlier this month and on Tuesday asked North Dakota leaders to take action. Dayton wrote to North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem...
September 23, 2014 - 11:20pm
July 1, 2014
New Minn. rail regulations aim to enhance safety for increased shipments of oil by rail
ST. PAUL — New Minnesota laws took effect on Tuesday to improve the safety of citizens and rail workers who live and work near railroad tracks...
July 1, 2014 - 10:54pm
May 7, 2014
Transportation secretary says states must be warned of crude oil moving via rail
WASHINGTON — U.S. companies moving crude oil via rail must tell state officials when a cargo is moving across their regions, the U.S. Transportation Secretary said on Wednesday, the latest response to a string of fiery and sometimes deadly derailments.
May 7, 2014 - 11:09pm
March 27, 2014
Willmar panel backs grant application with BNSF to reroute trains around city
WILLLAR — Possibly up to a third of the BNSF Railway trains in and out of Willmar could be diverted if the concept of a railroad “wye’’ located west of the city limits becomes reality. The wye concept will be the focus of an application by BNSF and others including the city...
March 27, 2014 - 11:09pm