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March 15, 2017
New, safer U.S. rail cars gather dust even as ethanol trains grow longer
NEW YORK -- While crossing a small wooden bridge in northwestern Iowa last Thursday, March 9, 20 rail tank cars in a mile-long train transporting...
March 15, 2017 - 2:30pm
December 7, 2016
With Dakota Access in limbo, more Bakken crude to move on trains
HOUSTON—As oil prices recover and U.S. shale production picks up, energy companies that had planned to ship crude on the Dakota Access...
December 7, 2016 - 10:59am
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