Friday, February 7
(St. Paul, MN) -- People riding the rails in the Twin Cities and the Upper Midwest are growing frustrated by delays and canceled trains. The "Minneapolis Star Tribune" reports the blame is falling on overcrowding on the lines due to freight trains carrying loads from the oil fields in North Dakota. According to an Amtrak spokesman, they're trying to ease congestion by busing passengers in eastern and central North Dakota through the end of this month. A train from Seattle to St. Paul was eight hours late recently, while the Empire Builder has been as far off schedule as 13 hours going from St. Paul to Milwaukee.