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Minnesota Senate action could slow plans for high-speed train swing through Rochester

Rochester officials are disappointed that a state Senate committee rejected a bill for a half-million dollars in planning money to study whether to include the home of the Mayo Clinic in a high-speed train route between the Twin Cities and Chicago,

Rochester officials are disappointed that a state Senate committee rejected a bill for a half-million dollars in planning money to study whether to include the home of the Mayo Clinic in a high-speed train route between the Twin Cities and Chicago, says Heather J. Carlson in the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

Committee members preferred a route along the Mississippi River, through Winona.

But it’s early, and the train hasn’t left the station.The Minnesota Department of Transportation is drafting a statewide rail plan that will determine the route for the high-speed rail line, Carlson said.