A 10-thousand dollar reward is offered in an apparent case of railroad sabotage in Rochester, Minnesota, on tracks owned by a railroad that runs in Iowa and several other Midwestern states. A spokesman with the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern railroad says over the weekend, someone forced open a switch that’s used to divert trains off of the main track. Officials say had the incident not been discovered, there could have been a derailment. A similar incident in South Dakota in 2000 killed a D-M-and-E engineer. The man who was charged in that case is now serving a lengthy prison sentence. The railroad faces strong opposition in southern Minnesota over its plan to upgrade and expand its tracks so it can bring coal through the area. The D-M-and-E is owned by the same company that runs the Iowa, Chicago and Eastern line. The D-M-and-E and the I-C-and-E run through: Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska. Both lines run through Iowa.
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