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Nationally, industry is down 80,000 drivers
The construction of the Northern Pacific Railway in the Brainerd lakes area didn’t come easy. But once the tracks were laid, officials immediately turned their attention to the construction of a passenger depot as an area transit hub for the burgeoning community of Brainerd.
The number of full-time Metro Transit police officers is the same as it was when the safety initiative was announced last summer. Eight full-time officers were brought on board since then, but staffing advances have been thwarted by attrition. While the department is authorized to employ 170 full-time officers, only 111 are on the payroll.
From amenities to traffic, all those present wanted the city to have a better plan when it comes to strategically placing benches and other necessities around the city.

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The nonprofit Rise, which supports people with disabilities and other barriers to employment, pays for rides through Lyft, the app-based ride-sharing service, then gets reimbursed through their clients’ Medicaid waivers. But finding Lyft drivers willing to make the trip to Forest Lake, in northern Washington County, can be difficult.
Those early days of building the Northern Pacific Railroad in the Brainerd lakes area included the physical or logistical challenges of constructing something from scratch in the woods and lakes of the region, and facing topographical and seasonal obstacles that did not make it easy.
Efforts to restore the historic, largely Black neighborhood should include people most impacted by freeway construction
CP transports grain, ethanol, potash and crude oil across Canada and the Midwest, and services grain elevators across North Dakota and Minnesota.
A nationwide railroad strike in 1922 eventually embroils Brainerd in the controversy over pay. Many of the 1,400 strikers were blackballed from Northern Pacific shops when the eight-month strike ended.
After failing to reach an agreement with unionized workers in negotiations this week, CP has announced its plan to lock out employees on Sunday, March 20, unless an agreement is reached.

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Oil prices jumped on the news, with Benchmark Brent crude for May climbing by 5.4% to $129.91 a barrel.
Amid the fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the national average hit $4.104 per gallon. Still, according to a federal inflation calculator, $4.10 in early 2008 would be well above $5 today.
Companion legislation would double current application fees.

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