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From Northstar to hands-free, top local stories from 2019

5 Jan 2020

Here’s a look at the top news stories of 2019.


The Northstar commuter rail turned 10 this past year, and there’s an effort to extend the line to St. Cloud.

Lawmakers agreed to spend $650,000 this year to assess and analyze a potential route extension of the Northstar commuter rail, which currently stops in Big Lake.

That study is underway by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Chicago-based Quandel Consultants.

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