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The remains of a burnt train are seen in Lac-Megantic, Quebec July 8. 73 tank cars of North Dakota crude oil rolled down a hill into the town, derailed and exploded. (REUTERS photo by Mathieu Belanger).

Red Wing city, railroads ready in case of disaster

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When Colleen Clark took her 4-year-old grandson to Bay Point Park to watch the trains, she thought it would be the perfect opportunity to practice his counting skills. One, two, three, four... all the way up to 89 tanker cars passed them by.


It wasn't until a few days later, after Clark read about the deadly July 6 train derailment in Quebec, that she stopped the think about what was being transported in those 89 cars.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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