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Property tax concerns are prompting a closer look at a doubling of the Duluth Transit Authority's funding request.
For years, the Northern Lights Express rail project has failed to gain traction in the Minnesota Legislature, largely due to GOP opposition.
A rail strike could freeze almost 30% of cargo shipments, stoke inflation and cost the American economy as much as $2 billion per day.
From the column: "We are talking about a clearly expanded and efficient use of a key central area of Duluth rather than the limited, single-highway use that exists now."
Grain exporters seek alternatives as drought conditions limit barge traffic.
The Puget Sound was built for the Great Northern Railroad, then passed into private service before being brought to Duluth. It may eventually become a rolling Airbnb.

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Red Wing Grain, which typically loads 400-600 barges in a year and handles about 25 million to 30 million bushels annually through its facility, is down 10% to 20% this fall, said Jim Larson,
Land at Duluth's Atlas Industrial Park has been purchased to accommodate Saia LTL Freight.
Over 100 residents attended a Minnesota Department of Transportation meeting Tuesday in Duluth, where many expressed concerns and frustration with the proposed $17 million construction project set

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