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Governor to receive invite to tour Appleton prison
Records for Aug. 27
New London depot makes another historic move
Community steps forward to help as water recedes
From digging to grain bins, farmers face varied dangers
Ridgewater rallies past Ellsworth, opens 2-0
NLS volleyball team wins two at Albany Invite
Ridgewater rallies past Ellsworth, opens 2-0
Molitor proceeding with caution on Mauer return
Maybe Bridgewater should just take a knee until Week 1
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
R2-D2 actor kenny Baker dead at 81
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
Roland E. "Rollie" Swenson
Harold (Bill) William Wright
Cartoonist Opinions for Aug. 27
Letter: Our declining moral values
Why can't political ads be truthful?
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Letter: Nutrition must start early in life
April 21, 2015
Mayor: Wye project spur track would be ‘big deal’’ for Willmar
WILLMAR — Mayor Marv Calvin said construction of a spur track from the proposed railroad wye project into the city’s industrial park would be “a big deal for Willmar’’ and would give the city “tremendous marketability of that area.’’ The spur would not bring railroad...
April 21, 2015 - 11:30pm
April 8, 2015
Local group travels to Washington to promote Willmar railroad bypass
WILLMAR –– During two intense days of meetings last week in Washington, a team of three local officials made the pitch for federal funding for a railroad bypass in Willmar. A $15 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation is being sought as part of a $50...
April 8, 2015 - 11:32pm
March 19, 2015
326,170 Minnesotans live near oil train tracks
ST. PAUL -- State officials estimate that 326,170 Minnesotans live within a half mile of railroad tracks that carry crude oil, a distance often...
March 19, 2015 - 11:56am
March 15, 2015
Economic Development Commission supports bypass
WILLMAR — In a show of support for a proposed railroad bypass west of Willmar, the joint operations board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission said Thursday that it will recommend the EDC’s participation in a memorandum of understanding for...
March 15, 2015 - 11:20pm
March 13, 2015
Railroads would pay under Dayton’s safety plan
ST. PAUL — Railroads should foot the bill of improving rail safety, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday as he announced a proposal to tax...
March 13, 2015 - 11:26pm
February 16, 2015
BNSF allots $326 million for Minnesota updates
FARGO, N.D. — BNSF Railway recently announced details of a $6 billion capital spending plan for 2015, the biggest in the company’s history. That...
February 16, 2015 - 11:26pm
Changes increased costs and delayed opening of Willmar Avenue ‘quiet zone’ railroad crossing
WILLMAR — Several delays and design modifications required by Kandiyohi County and BNSF Railway doubled the construction period and increased...
February 16, 2015 - 12:05am
January 14, 2015
Trains roll through low oil prices
ST. PAUL — Plunging oil prices do not immediately mean fewer trains will cross Minnesota, a state railroad expert says. North Dakota oilfield...
January 14, 2015 - 11:11pm
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
July 29, 2014
Kandiyohi County Road 7 in Raymond closed today through Saturday for railroad crossing work
RAYMOND — Kandiyohi County Road 7 in Raymond will be closed from today until Saturday for railroad crossing repair work. The Kandiyohi County Public Works Department said in a news release that all through traffic will be diverted west to the Kandi-Chippewa Line Road Crossing in...
July 29, 2014 - 11:03pm
July 28, 2014
Benson cannot ticket trains blocking downtown intersections
BENSON — The city of Benson cannot issue tickets to trains that sometimes block three major intersections for lengthy periods of time. District Judge Donald Spilseth dismissed seven citations that Benson police had issued to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company for...
July 28, 2014 - 11:14pm
May 12, 2014
50 coal train cars derail on BNSF Railway line near Pillager
PILLAGER, Minn. — Coal and crushed metal littered the train tracks early Monday as crews worked to clear the scene of a massive train derailment...
May 12, 2014 - 12:42pm
May 11, 2014
Grain trains almost a month behind in N.D.
DICKINSON, N.D. — North Dakota’s lone U.S. representative has released a BNSF Railway report that says rail cars carrying grain from North Dakota are almost a month behind schedule.
May 11, 2014 - 11:25pm
April 24, 2014
Editorial: Tanker car danger is a serious problem
The legacy rail tanker car carrying crude oil or ethanol through Minnesota is a growing concern. And the risk is real. Railroad officials told the National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday that legacy rail tankers, known as DOT-111 cars, have a one-infour risk of leaking...
April 24, 2014 - 7:00am
April 3, 2014
Minnesota Opinion: Minnesota must tackle railroad tanker issue
RED WING — Hundreds of railroad tanker cars carrying North Dakota crude oil travel through Red Wing, Lake City and beyond on the Minnesota side of the Mississippi River. Hundreds more travel through Bay City Hager City, Maiden Rock and points south on the Wisconsin side.
April 3, 2014 - 3:00am