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Merlin L. Marlowe, Fairfax, Minn., Published June 18 2012

Berg supports good rail service

I am a railroad travel advocate. I wish to see current Amtrak railroad passenger service continue operating via Fargo, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, N.D., Rugby, N.D., Minot, N.D., Stanley, N.D., and Williston, N.D. Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., among others, saw to it that Amtrak service, with needed track repairs between Fargo and Minot, would remain via Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby.

Because Grand Forks is close to northwestern Minnesota, this is a transportation blessing to our state as well.

Besides keeping Amtrak routed via Grand Forks, I do believe that because the current Empire Builder is overburdened, a second Amtrak route between Chicago and Seattle/Portland, Ore., is needed. The second train should operate via Breckenridge, Minn./Wahpeton, N.D., Fargo, Valley City, N.D., Jamestown, N.D., Steele, N.D., Bismarck/Mandan, N.D., and Dickinson, N.D. After that, a third connecting South Dakota leg with service via Aberdeen, S.D., Mobridge, S.D., and Hettinger, N.D., on to Terry, Mont. Connecting with service via Billings, Mont., (the same route via Bismarck) and on to Great Falls, Mont., and Shelby, Mont. (connecting with the same route via Minot).

Amtrak railroad passenger service is vital in filling the transportation needs of rural and small-town America. I feel that Berg sees that need in North Dakota too. From the neighboring Minnesota 7th District, I wholeheartedly endorse Berg for U.S. Senate.