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Perham Mayor Tim Meehl poses for a portrait last month during a break in train traffic. Of the estimated 50 trains that pass through Perham daily, six to eight are pulling oil tank cars. MPR NEWS/Ann Arbor Miller

Perham officials fear dangerous results from never-ending rail traffic

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Every day, as many as 10 oil trains a day leave North Dakota and six to eight travel through Minnesota.

They pass through places like Perham, a town of 3,000 in the heart of lakes country.


The town may be small, but it is bustling with activity. On one side of the railroad tracks are the shops that draw summer tourists. On the other side are industrial buildings that turn out potato chips, candy, dog food and cheese.

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