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Heavy equipment fills in washed-out sections beneath the rail line. Damage to the line is estimated at $1.5 million, and it’s unclear at this point as to who will be footing the bill for repairs.

Ravaged rails: Disasters declared, counties now assess damage

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WORTHINGTON — Following a joint meeting via interactive television Friday morning, Rock County commissioners approved spending up to $750,000 toward an estimated $1.5 million repair bill to get the Buffalo Ridge Regional Rail Authority (BRRRA) back in operation after flooding caused extensive damage to the short-line railroad two weeks ago.


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Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at
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