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Derailments are possible

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OK, I will readily admit that I did embellish the idea of a potential train derailment in the Brainerd area. Also, I have only lived in Baxter for 20 years, so I’m not really from here.

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I grew up in the Fifty Lakes area where we had no trains!

One might admit that there’s more Bakken oil going down the rails than ever before and when it is being carried in substandard rail cars. That’s a problem. Those who fund the rail cars can afford to make an effort to do a better job of protecting the public. If you investigate who owns those cars you’ll likely find it’s some entity out of Omaha!  

Did we not have a train derailment East of Brainerd not too long ago? There’s an increase in rail traffic over what was going on 40 years ago and just because we’ve not seen an accident here, it does not mean it cannot happen. It was a broken axle on a rail car in Casselton that caused the big fireball there.   That was an accident, of course.

We simply need to be aware and insist on upgrading the cars and the lines that they run on with anticipation that a potential tragedy is there. Whether it’s here in the Brainerd area, or wherever, these cars are in motion, carrying light oil. That’s the point of my concern.

Allen VanLandschoot

Baxter

East Gull Lake zoning changes

Planning and Zoning is considering some changes to R1 and R2 zoning which could have an impact on residences in East Gull Lake. Depending on what they decide you could have multi-family housing next to you or in your neighborhood. This will affect who your neighbors are and your home values. Get involved, learn the facts and make your thoughts known. Important meeting Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

Jerry Stromberg

East Gull Lake

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