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October 11, 2015
Milwaukee Road 261 ascends the Atwater grade observed by rail fans from the 49th Street N.E. bridge, west of Kandiyohi. The restored 71-year-old ALCO locomotive arrived in Willmar from Northeast Minneapolis at 11:45 a.m. with 400 passengers.  (RAND MIDDLETON | TRIBUNE)play button
VIDEO: The 261 departs Willmar
October 11, 2015 - 11:09pm
October 8, 2015
A ceremony Saturday will mark the 50th anniversary of the dedication of Engine 2523 at the Kandiyohi County Museum in Willmar. It will double as a homecoming for all former and current railroad workers. DAN BURDETT | TRIBUNE
Event this weekend to pay tribute to area railroaders, locomotive that welcomes public to county museum
October 8, 2015 - 7:51am
September 2, 2015
Trains sit in the rail yard in Willmar in this August file photo. U.S. Sen. Al Franken attended a forum on rail safety Wednesday. “We don’t want this all to depend on luck,” Franken said. (FILE | TRIBUNE)
Officials want better communication with railroads
September 2, 2015 - 11:28pm
August 25, 2015
Mel Odens, Kandiyohi County Public Works director, explains the potential Willmar Wye to House Capital Investment Committee Chairman Paul Torkelson, R-Hanska, committee members, and Rep. Dave Baker, R-Willmar. The group also toured the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory and the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services Facility. (GARY MILLER | TRIBUNE)
Legislators tour bonding projects in Willmar area, learn about avian flu testing
August 25, 2015 - 11:45pm
July 7, 2015
Cathy Velasquez Eberhart of St. Paul tells reporters Tuesday that a new group is working to get oil trains out of her city’s neighborhoods. (DON DAVIS | FORUM NEWS SERVICE)
Emergency managers want more railroad communications
July 7, 2015 - 10:56pm
June 23, 2015
Tank cars sit on railroad tracks in front of a Granite Falls Energy ethanol tank. Weak crude oil prices and strict safety measures have led some companies to convert tank cars to carry corn-based biofuel instead. (TOM CHERVENY | TRIBUNE)
Once shunned for oil, ethanol returns to the rails
June 23, 2015 - 11:15pm
June 9, 2015
Gov. Mark Dayton talks with St. Paul Park Police Chief Mike Monahan Tuesday at the site of Sunday’s collision between a BNSF crude oil train and a semi-truck hauling flour. Newport City Council member Tom Ingemann (center) and St. Paul Park Fire Chief Kurk Lee look on. The incident sparked a renewed effort from local officials to improve safety in the rail corridor.(Emily Buss | FORUM NEWS SERVICE)
Oil train, semi collision renews rail safety talk
June 9, 2015 - 11:18pm
May 12, 2015
Oil companies challenge new oil train safety rules
May 12, 2015 - 10:54pm
April 21, 2015
Mayor: Wye project spur track would be ‘big deal’’ for Willmar
April 21, 2015 - 11:30pm
April 8, 2015
Local group travels to Washington to promote Willmar railroad bypass
April 8, 2015 - 11:32pm
March 19, 2015
A pair of locomotives move past a variety of freight and tanker cars on tracks in December in Willmar.
326,170 Minnesotans live near oil train tracks
March 19, 2015 - 11:56am
March 15, 2015
Economic Development Commission supports bypass
March 15, 2015 - 11:20pm
March 13, 2015
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Railroads would pay under Dayton’s safety plan
March 13, 2015 - 11:26pm
February 16, 2015
BNSF workers replace the front wheels on a grain car a half-mile northeast of Maynard in November. BNSF recently announced its biggest capital spending plan in company history, at $6 billion. (TRIBUNE/Rand Middleton)
BNSF allots $326 million for Minnesota updates
February 16, 2015 - 11:26pm
TRIBUNE / Rand Middleton
The new railroad crossing on Willmar Avenue Southwest opened in October. Construction began in June 2013.
Changes increased costs and delayed opening of Willmar Avenue ‘quiet zone’ railroad crossing
February 16, 2015 - 12:05am