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Lakeville, Minn., finds parked, idled rail cars an unwelcome guest

Published 12/25/2009, Minnesota Public Radio

Because of the bad economy, about 300 empty rail cars parked on the tracks around parts of suburban Lakeville, and it’s a scene that’s become familiar in cities and towns around the country. Green railroad cars tattooed with graffiti line the main thoroughfare in Lakeville. The rail cars stretch along the city’s open fields in an unbroken line and snake through wooded neighborhoods full of sprawling homes.

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