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ND oil, freight shipments detour Amtrak trains

February 9, 2014 • Business


A perch that Steve Dahl, owner of the Perch Patrol, caught on Devils Lake, N.D., Saturday, Feb 8, 2014, lays on the frozen lake with a cluster of portable fish houses in the background. Fishing guide Dahl says ice fishing at Devils Lake in northeastern North Dakota is the best in two decades. But he says his guide service is suffering because of disruptions in train service to the region. Amtrak routes are being detoured in Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby in part because BNSF Railway trains hauling freight and crude from the state’s oil patch are displacing passenger train service. (AP Photo/Jackie Lorentz)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The ice fishing in northeast North Dakota is the best it’s been in two decades, but some anglers can’t make it because trains handling freight and crude from the state’s oil patch are displacing Amtrak passenger service.

Steve Dahl, owner of the Perch Patrol guide service, said he spent the past week calling hundreds of customers who had made reservations to fish at Devils Lake and stay in its namesake city.

“The conditions are perfect but I’ve had to explain to them about this dumb train thing,” Dahl said. “For some of them who had their heart set on this, I would have rather told them I ran over their dog.”

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