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Dayton concerned about BNSF oil trains in Twin Cities

Plus: job cuts at 3M; MnSCU misses enrollment target; Anoka jail using eye-scanning technology; and more.

The railroads run this town; the governor just writes strongly worded letters. David Shaffer and Eric Roper report in the Star Tribune: “Gov. Mark Dayton has told BNSF Railway’s top executive that he is ‘deeply concerned’ about the recent increase in Bakken oil trains on western suburban tracks into downtown Minneapolis, saying it puts an additional 99,000 people at risk. … In a letter to BNSF CEO Carl Ice released Wednesday, the governor asked the railroad not to operate oil trains on the line that passes Target Field when events are underway at the stadium, to extend first-responder training to all communities along the route and assess it for a worst-case accident.”

3M cutting jobs. MPR’s Jon Collins reports: “Maplewood-based 3M Co. announced that it will cut 1,500 jobs worldwide within the next few months. … A 3M spokesperson said about 500 of the job losses will occur in the U.S., although it isn’t yet clear how many of those jobs will be in Minnesota. The rest of the job reductions will take place in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, according to the spokesperson.”

And bad news from MnSCU, too. Josh Verges writes in the Pioneer Press, “The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has revealed an unanticipated $12.7 million hit to its finances as enrollment continues to slip and contract talks prove costlier than expected. … MnSCU had planned for a 1.8 percent drop in enrollment this fall, but the actual decline was 2.6 percent, trustees learned this week. Meanwhile, union contract negotiations will raise compensation costs by 3.4 percent, more than an anticipated 3 percent.”

The future is now. In the Star Tribune, Shannon Prather reports, “The Anoka County jail has rolled out an eye-scanning identification system for inmates, an apparent first in Minnesota. … All of the 11,000 or so inmates booked into the jail each year will have their irises photographed, and the images will be stored for future use. … ‘It’s a quicker and extremely accurate version of a fingerprint check,’ said Anoka County jail Cmdr. Dave Pacholl.”

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