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FNS Photo by David Samson A cross section from a damaged oil tanker car is shown from the wreckage of the derailment and fire that occured near Casselton on Dec. 30.

Old risks, new worries: Long-maligned rail cars shoulder mounting oil traffic, but inspections stay static

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CASSELTON — Maggie Heller watched black smoke drift over her Leonard home a month ago, 20 miles south from where more than a dozen railcars full of oil exploded here.

Heller stops her car farther back from the train tracks now, cringing as she watches others pull right up to the crossing arm and counting down the minutes until the chain of 100-plus cars pass.

“The sooner this gets by, the more comfortable I’ll be,” she tells herself.

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Kyle Potter
Kyle Potter is an enterprise reporter at the Forum. He came to Fargo-Moorhead in May 2013 after stints at the Associated Press, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minnesota Daily. 
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