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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune
  • To the Editor: Thanks from St. Louis Park for the support

  • Thanks are owed to Bill Doyscher of Farmers Cooperative Elevator Co. and to Travis Magoon of Equity Elevator & Trading Co. who traveled to the Twin Cities on March 12th to educate local officials on economics and interstate commerce. The City of Minneapolis wants to force the Twin Cities and Western Railroad (TCW) out o...
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  •     Thanks are owed to Bill Doyscher of Farmers Cooperative Elevator Co. and to Travis Magoon of Equity Elevator & Trading Co. who traveled to the Twin Cities on March 12th to educate local officials on economics and interstate commerce.  
        The City of Minneapolis wants to force the Twin Cities and Western Railroad (TCW) out of its current route through that city and onto a twisty, undulating route that would be built for approximately $250 million and add to the TCW’s operating costs.
        Minneapolis demands the freight rail relocation so a new light-rail passenger line can be built without moving a bicycle trail from its current location. Higher freight costs mean lower income for communities along the TCW and for that and multiple other reasons this re-route plan makes no sense to some of us in the Twin Cities who have been fighting the re-route for over four years.  
        We are grateful that Mr. Doyscher and Mr. Magoon traveled to the Twin Cities and weighed in on the issue, but our hopes for enlightenment of public officials are guarded.           After Mr. Doyscher and Mr. Magoon and several other shippers had spoken at the March 12th meeting, Peter Wagenius, who represented Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges at the meeting stated, “We don’t believe the shippers would be in trouble.  We think the TC&W told them to say that because they are not getting free locomotives from taxpayers”.  
        Mr. Doyscher and Mr. Magoon as well as the people of Yellow Medicine County need to know that some of us in the Twin Cities appreciate their contributions and those of the TCW to our state’s economy.
    Jami LaPray and Thom Miller
    Co-chairs, Safety in the Park
    St. Louis Park

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