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New Minnesota rail regulations are a safety net for increased oil by rail shipment

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ST. PAUL — New Minnesota laws took effect Tuesday to improve the safety of citizens and rail workers who live and work near railroad tracks that carry crude oil through Minnesota.

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“Trains carrying crude oil pass through our communities every day,” said Gov. Mark Dayton in a news release on Tuesday. “We have learned from dangerous accidents in other states that without proper safety measures, that cargo could pose a very real risk to our citizens.”

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