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Perham Mayor Tim Meehl poses for a portrait last month during a break in train traffic. Of the estimated 50 trains that pass through Perham daily, six to eight are pulling oil tank cars. Ann Arbor Miller / For MPR News

Perham officials fear dangerous results from never-ending rail traffic

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PERHAM, MN -- Every day, as many as 10 oil trains a day leave North Dakota and six to eight travel through Minnesota.

They pass through places like Perham, a town of 3,000 about 65 miles southeast of the Fargo-Moorhead area, in the heart of lakes country.

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