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Ag groups talk rail delays with ND regulators

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials say delays in agricultural rail shipments go back to the territorial days in the Dakotas but the issue appears worse than it's even been.

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North Dakota's Public Service Commission met in Bismarck with representatives from agriculture and transportation groups on Monday to talk about disruptions in rail service for moving grain.

Increased crude oil and freight shipments largely have been blamed for causing the rail delays.

North Dakota Grain Growers Association executive director Dan Wogsland says bins across the state are full and grain from prior years' crops is being stored on the ground. He says Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota are having similar problems.

BNSF Railway Co. is the largest shipper in the region and railroad officials have promised to get caught up later this year.

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