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Cartoonist Opinion for Oct. 1
Eugene Robinson: Clinton delivers a Trump beat-down
Ed Downey letter: Baker's broadband plan flawed
Nancy Chamberlain letter: Sawatzky will work for Kandiyohi County
EJ Dionne: Clinton moves the election in her direction
July 14, 2016
Litchfield man injured in crash with train
LITCHFIELD -- A 24-year-old Litchfield man was injured Thursday when his vehicle was hit by a train. Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze says just...
July 14, 2016 - 5:29pm
June 11, 2016
BNSF train derails in Cottonwood, spilling 23 cars of corn
COTTONWOOD -- A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train derailed Friday evening in Cottonwood. Twenty-three cars loaded with corn derailed. There...
June 11, 2016 - 4:32pm
May 4, 2016
BNSF train derails in Fargo
WEST FARGO - A cause of a West Fargo train derailment early Wednesday is not known yet. Around 4:30 a.m., police say they received a notification...
May 4, 2016 - 9:13am
April 2, 2016
State to railroads: Time to focus on safety standards
ST. PAUL — Warning bells figuratively clanged Friday when a Minnesota state Senate committee held its first hearing on new legislation to force...
April 2, 2016 - 10:51am
Man fatally struck by train in St. Paul worked for railroad for 17 years
ST. PAUL -- The locomotive engineer killed in a train accident in St. Paul last weekend had worked for Canadian Pacific for about 17 years and had loved trains since he was a little boy, his sister said this week. Jeffrey Harsh, 43, was starting his shift at the rail yard and was...
April 2, 2016 - 5:30am
March 24, 2016
Tanker truck catches fire after collision with train in northwestern Minn.
CALLAWAY, Minn. -- A Becker County town of about 200 people has been evacuated after a Canadian Pacific train struck a tanker truck carrying propane that was attempting to cross the tracks. The tanker truck caught fire after the collision. The train crew suffered some injuries,...
March 24, 2016 - 1:56pm
March 5, 2016
Train-vehicle deaths drop in 2015
ST. PAUL — The number of deaths from vehicle-train crashes in Minnesota continued a 45-year downward trend, according to a government study. The state transportation department said there were four deaths in crashes at public railroad crossings in the state in 2015, down from nine...
March 5, 2016 - 11:00am
February 23, 2016
Minnesota State Patrol cam captures video of train striking semi at crossing
A Minnesota state trooper’s dash cam captured this video of a semi attempting to maneuver through the red flashing lights and stop arms or...
February 23, 2016 - 3:16pm
February 17, 2016
New wye option could reroute Highway 12
WILLMAR — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is considering a second option for the Willmar rail wye project, which would reroute U.S....
February 17, 2016 - 11:52pm
January 13, 2016
UPDATE: Snowplow struck by train in Brooten
BROOTEN -- Darin Pierce, 31, of Pennock, was ejected out of the front windshield of the snow plow he was driving when he hit an eastbound Canadian...
January 13, 2016 - 2:33pm
December 10, 2015
Pedestrian fatally hit by Green Line train in St. Paul
ST. PAUL -- A woman was struck and killed by a Green Line train Thursday morning near University and Hamline avenues in St. Paul, less than a week after another train-pedestrian accident on the line. Thursday’s collision happened just after 11 a.m. at a pedestrian crossing at Albert...
December 10, 2015 - 11:03pm
October 21, 2015
Dayton decries shift of oil shipments
ST. PAUL — A letter issued Tuesday by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton calls for an explanation behind routing changes of crude oil rail shipments. In the letter to BNSF president and CEO Carl Ice, Dayton says nearly 100,000 more people are within the 1/2 mile evacuation zone of crude...
October 21, 2015 - 11:33pm
October 11, 2015
VIDEO: The 261 departs Willmar
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...
October 11, 2015 - 11:09pm
August 25, 2015
Legislators tour bonding projects in Willmar area, learn about avian flu testing
WILLMAR — State legislators learned Tuesday what funding they approved in June will do for the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory in Willmar. They...
August 25, 2015 - 11:45pm
May 12, 2015
Oil companies challenge new oil train safety rules
The oil industry is challenging new federal oil train safety rules. The American Petroleum Institute has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals to block some rules that recently were unveiled by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The filing was no surprise because the trade group...
May 12, 2015 - 10:54pm