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Friday catch-up: Explosive trains, polluted wells, sign rebellion

we buy housesHat tip to Alan Muller for linking to a scary train story: The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Union Pacific Railroad has applied for a permit to haul liquefied natural gas (LNG), which would make it the first railroad to haul this highly combustible product. The proceedings before the Federal Railroad Administration are still secret, but somebody leaked the news. While Union Pacific is headquartered in Omaha, its 435 miles of Minnesota track run through the Twin Cities, as well as Worthington, Albert Lea, Northfield and other southern Minnesota cities. Continue reading

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This land is your land, and this river is your river

wild and scenic Crow River

I grew up on the Crow River. I remember walking with Grandpa on the cow paths worn along the hillside above the river, and measuring flood or drought against the big rock at the end of the island. We found wild strawberries on those hillsides, and picked prickly gooseberries later in the summer. Mending pasture fences, I watched the bluebirds nest each year in an old, gray wooden fencepost.

In 1976, our Meeker County part of the Crow River was added to Minnesota’s Wild and Scenic Rivers list, along with parts of the Mississippi, Kettle, Rum, Minnesota and Cannon rivers. Now an oil pipeline crosses the wild and scenic Crow River, and this year the pipeline company proposes to double the amount of oil that the pipeline carries. Continue reading

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