Brainerd Dispatch: Could passenger rail be coming back to Brainerd and Greater Minnesota? Advocacy group invites Brainerd man to commuter railroad rally in St. Paul

EXCERPT: “Activists are making another push for more passenger rail in Greater Minnesota—and this time around, they’ll have Brainerd resident Robert Owens alongside them. Owens was invited by the nonprofit All Aboard Minnesota to a public rally March 6 in St. Paul to stump for passenger rail all over the Upper Midwest—which, in terms of local interest, is a proposal billed to include Chicago, the Twin Cities and Fargo, N.D., along with new services between the Twin Cities and Duluth, and between the Twin Cities, Des Moines, Iowa, and Kansas City, Mo., connecting 25 Greater Minnesota communities in the process. Lawmakers are mulling whether to back the initiative. As the Fargo Forum reported in mid-September, installation and upkeep would be shared between Minnesota and Wisconsin for about $1.5 million to $2 million a year—significantly cheaper than highways, which can cost millions per mile of pavement.” FULLSTORY: