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Freight derailment forces Amtrak detour through west central Minnesota

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WILLMAR, Minn. - Amtrak’s Empire Builder train riders were getting a major detour through west-central Minnesota Friday due to a freight train derailment in Elk River.

An Amtrak spokesman confirmed Friday afternoon that the Empire Builder had been detoured along BNSF Railway tracks through west-central Minnesota, traveling a southerly route from Fargo through Breckenridge-Morris-Willmar-Litchfield to Minneapolis.

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Kelly Boldan
Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: insidescoop.areavoices.com or the Tribune's blog at: westcentraltribune.areavoices.com.
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