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Kandiyohi County Board to meet Friday
Truth-in-Taxation hearing to be held Monday at Willmar council meeting
U.S. presidential commission issues recommendations on cyber security
AgweekTV: Weather outlook
U.S. retirement investors not hitting post-election panic button
Toriumi's hat trick powers WarHawks
Dragons win first of two on northern road trip
Slagter scores 31 in Cards' tournament win
Aggressive D key to Cardinals' victory
Sartell/Sauk Rapids blanks Willmar
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'
Willmar area cattle sorters leaving their mark on growing sport
Read Live it! December-January issue
Knowing personalized risk for diabetes may not change lifestyles
Around our region published Nov. 30
Willmar Senior High announces first-term honor roll
Evelyn R. Yanish
Todd D. Johnson
Helen W. Olson
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Treat all ladies with respect
Minnesota Opinion: Free Vikes-tix perk 'looks bad' for all
Estrich commentary: Living in the Trump twilight
Editorial: Time for two school sides to find agreement
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
October 28, 2015
Regional oil impact depends on oil prices
ST. PAUL — The need for sand to help produce North Dakota oil has fallen with the price of oil, but probably will rise again. The same is true with oil train traffic taking crude oil to refineries. Minnesota Legislative Energy Commission members learned those and other facts Wednesday...
October 28, 2015 - 11:00pm
October 12, 2015
Video: Engine 2523 celebrated for 50 years as a Willmar landmark
Railroaders, retired and active, and railfans of all ages gathered Saturday to recognize Baldwin-built Engine 2523 50 years as a community icon...
October 12, 2015 - 9:15am
October 11, 2015
Video: A classic steam engine chugs into Willmar near noon Sunday
A classic steam locomotive pulled into the BNSF depot at 11:45 a.m. Sunday after departing the Twin Cities at 9:15 pulling a string of passenger...
October 11, 2015 - 12:38pm
July 7, 2015
Emergency managers want more railroad communications
ST. PAUL — Many Minnesota emergency managers say railroads that haul crude oil should communicate with them better. “Planning done in a...
July 7, 2015 - 10:56pm
May 18, 2015
Letter: Trains need two-person crews
I am a 22-year railroad trainman operating trains and switching cars in yards and industries for a living. The railroads across the state of Minnesota deliver goods and services and are extremely vital to the economy of North America. We operate around the clock keeping our...
May 18, 2015 - 2:00am
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 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
April 7, 2015
Safety board calls for new oil rail cars
WASHINGTON -- Requiring new train cars carrying some flammable liquids be equipped with protection systems meeting or exceeding current standards is one recommendation coming out of a federal safety study. The National Transportation Safety Board issued four safety recommendations...
April 7, 2015 - 8:00am
March 10, 2015
State leaders disagree on rail oil safety plans
ST. PAUL — There is no overall agreement on how to prevent Minnesota oil train explosions. Democrats want to raise railroad taxes $100 million...
March 10, 2015 - 11:26pm
March 5, 2015
Year of the Train
Kandiyohi County Historical Society Museum volunteers Allan Simon, left, Harley Aalfs and Dale Johnson prepare a piece of paneling that will...
March 5, 2015 - 11:38pm
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
July 11, 2014
Editorial: Oil-train safety starts right in the oil fields
GRAND FORKS — Several times a day, oil trains rumble through Grand Forks (and other Midwest cities), prompting red lights to flash, rail safety arms to fall — and stopped motorists to ponder their fiery fates if that train were to explosively derail.
July 11, 2014 - 6:00am
January 1, 2014
N.D. derailment reroutes trains, focuses attention on safety (with video)
FRYBURG, N.D. — There was no movement Tuesday afternoon as trains sat idle at the Great Northern Midstream rail facility outside Fryburg, the oil loading site for the eastbound train in Monday’s fiery crash.
January 1, 2014 - 10:16am
December 21, 2013
Editorial: Railway oil trains raising concerns
The railroad traffic out of the North Dakota oil fields is growing in all directions and in frequencys. The estimated carloads of oil shipped by railroad are expected to top 400,000 this year, according to press reports. In 2009, only about 11,000 carloads of oil were shipped by...
December 21, 2013 - 12:00am
September 14, 2013
Trains keep Japan flowing
I don’t get around much … but recently I found myself on the bullet train to Kyota. At 180 mph, the Japanese country side passes in a blur...
September 14, 2013 - 12:04am