After a number of recent derailments, including spills and explosions, a panel headed by Minnesota Senator Al Franken convened in Minneapolis Wednesday to hear ideas for preventing and preparing for such disasters.
Community members in northeast Minneapolis are calling for increased rail safety. Their fight falls on the second anniversary of the oil train disaster in Canada that killed 47 people.
The Legislature wrapped up its 2015 work in a flurry, with lawmakers working nearly a month late to finalize a $42 billion budget. Here’s a look at some of the state’s new laws, some that failed, and what may be on the horizon.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he hopes to call a special session as soon as possible. Dayton says his office is working out the final details with Republican leaders to agree on the spending bills that fund state government.
Union railroad workers called for Minnesota legislators to pass laws requiring at least two-person crews on every train operating in the state. The Smart Transportation Union said that would increase safety at rail crossings and railroad yards.
Gov. Mark Dayton and democratic lawmakers released their newest proposal Friday morning on what needs to be done to keep communities safe. If passed, it would invest $330 million over the next decade in construction of safer railroad crossings in Minnesota.
These are the four stories you need to know about from Friday, March 13, 2015. They include a craft brew-inspired Mountain Dew spinoff and the return of food trucks and bike-sharing.
Several Minnesota cities are voicing safety concerns as more trains roll through Minnesota. Railway traffic in the Twin Cities has increased 40 percent in the last two years on tracks owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
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