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Rail safety fight rolls into election politics

Freight rail companies have enjoyed a surge in profits in recent years, thanks in part to the Bakken oil boom. But the profits have come with new political peril, as elected officials — on the DFL side especially — have taken up the cause of oil train safety with gusto. Some 326,000 Minnesotans live within a half mile of freight ...

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Derailments bring safety worries to the fore

Sarah Zarling has become a close watcher of oil trains since February, when she realized her Watertown, Wis., house was in the blast zone if a train derailed and caught fire. So when an oil train passed through town Sunday afternoon she prepared to report it to a national network of activists pushing for stricter railway regulations that are keeping ...

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