Although originally written in her home state of Kentucky, Jean Ritchie’s song “The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore” could have applied equally well to former mining towns in western Wisconsin like Ladysmith and Barron. Until recently. With the frac-oil industry’s new, insatiable demand for sand, many of the long dormant rail lines in Western and Central Wisconsin are now booming. Canadian National railroad has spent over sixty million dollars over the past two years to upgrade Wisconsin rail lines to handle heavier, faster and more frequent trains. That’s just one example. With the increased traffic, though, comes a host of other problems and potential conflict. The Center for Investigative Journalism’s Taylor Chase has been following this story and she joined the Monday Buzz on June 23.
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