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A BNSF Railway Co. shuttle train takes on corn at a South Dakota shuttle-loading terminal in early February. North and South Dakotan elevator operators’ train turnaround times are higher than ever this winter. Some blame a burgeoning oil industry. Mikkel Pates/Forum News Service

Cold and slow: As rail issues hamper ag business, industry leaders want solutions

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FARGO, N.D. — Elevator operators are perennial critics of railroad service for hauling grain, but many say delays are worse than ever this winter.

The situation is bad enough that Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., called a meeting with the North Dakota congressional delegation and several officials connected to the issue Feb. 11 in Washington, D.C., to discuss possible solutions for sugar beet, grain and passenger transportation interests.

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