By Associated Press - Saturday, July 26, 2014
Dozens of oil trains pass through Minnesota weekly

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Railroad documents released by the state Department of Public Safety show about 50 trains carrying crude oil from North Dakota are passing through Minnesota each week, most traveling along the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway line between Moorhead and the Twin Cities.

The Star Tribune first reported on the documents, which are labeled “confidential,” on Saturday ( ). The Associated Press also has obtained them.

They show that nearly all of the oil trains pass through populated areas. While there is some fluctuation in traffic from week to week, Ramsey County averages about 45 oil trains a week, as does Clay County, which borders Fargo, North Dakota, the data shows.

Federal regulators have been under pressure to improve oil train safety after several derailments in recent years, including one that killed 47 people in Quebec last July.

Railroads were ordered in May to provide the traffic flow summaries about trains carrying more than 1 million gallons of crude oil from the Bakken region. According to the data released Friday, the BNSF and Canadian Pacific trains carrying the Bakken crude pass through 39 of Minnesota’s 87 counties.


Man stabbed, injured at Elbow Lake campground

ELBOW LAKE, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say a man was stabbed multiple times at a campground near Elbow Lake and was taken to the hospital for his injuries.

A 31-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of felony assault.

KFGO-AM reports ( ) that the man called 911 at about 12:45 a.m. Saturday to report that he had been stabbed. Grant County sheriff’s deputies arrived to find the 38-year-old man was severely injured. He was taken to the Elbow Lake Hospital, then transferred to Sanford in Fargo, North Dakota.

His condition was not immediately available.


Defendant in Mankato synthetic drug deaths on lam

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - A Mankato man facing murder charges in the deaths of two people who ingested a synthetic drug has skipped his latest court hearing and is wanted by police.

The Mankato Free Press reported ( ) that 21-year-old Tyler Caputo did not appear for a scheduled hearing Friday in Blue Earth County District Court. A warrant had already been issued for his arrest earlier this month after he skipped three drug tests.

Family members also had told investigators he traveled to Chicago, and possibly Ohio. Under conditions of his release, he’s not allowed to leave Minnesota without permission.

District Court Judge Kurt Johnson forfeited Caputo’s bond, worth $190,000, on Friday.

Caputo is accused of supplying a synthetic drug that killed Chloe Moses, 17, and Louis Folson, 22, in separate incidents in March. The drug was sold as LSD, and according to a criminal complaint, Caputo supplied it to others and the drug went from person to person before being supplied to Moses and Folson.


Minneapolis to NYC flight diverted to Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis to New York City has landed safely in Milwaukee after it was diverted.

Delta spokeswoman Kate Modolo says the crew chose to divert the flight Saturday morning out of an abundance of caution after the pilots detected a smoky odor on board.

She says the 148 passengers are being placed on another flight and will arrive at New York La Guardia on Saturday afternoon.

Ryan McAdams is a spokesman for General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. He says the flight landed safely at about 11:15 a.m.

Modolo says the source of the smoky odor is being investigated.

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