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Rail cars transport oil from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields early in 2013. Demand to transport oil has rippled through the railroad industry and caused delays in shipping of grain and ethanol. (File photo)

SD delegation presses railroads for better service

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North Dakota's oil boom and a tough winter are straining railroad companies past their limits, and South Dakota farmers and ethanol plants are feeling the pinch, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Wednesday.


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