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Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams and U.S. Sen. Al Franken take a look at a railroad crossing and traffic at the intersection of 21st St. S. and Main Avenue SE Monday, April 14, 2014, during a tour of local railroad crossings and to discuss efforts to increase rail safety in the region. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/Dave Wallis

Franken adds to push for more rail inspectors

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MOORHEAD, Minn. – U.S. Sen. Al Franken spent part of Monday afternoon driving down Main Avenue alongside the railroad tracks in Moorhead, where five-plus trains haul millions of gallons of Bakken crude east through the city every day.

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That traffic – which Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams said she expects to increase – plus the fiery derailment in Casselton, N.D., on Dec. 30 – make the trains that cross through town a major public safety issue.

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Kyle Potter
Kyle Potter is an enterprise reporter at the Forum. He came to Fargo-Moorhead in May 2013 after stints at the Associated Press, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minnesota Daily. 
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