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National Train Day celebration

Bill Spitzer, chair of the Minnesota High Speed Rail CommissionWinona, Minn. (May 10, 2014) More than two dozen people celebrated National Train Day at the historic train depot in Winona on May 10. Area residents were greeted by Winona Mayor Mark Peterson. Greg Gaut, associate professor of history at St. Mary's University, spoke about the history of the "iron horse" along the Mississippi River Route, while Bill Spitzer, chair of the Minnesota High Speed Rail Commission, talked about a future that could include 6 to 8 daily, round-trip passenger trains between the Twin Cities and Chicago.

PHOTO: Bill Spitzer, chair of the Minnesota High Speed Rail Commission, spoke to rail fans at a National Train Day open house at the Winona Depot on May 10, and he and Junior Conductor Keegan Spitzer handed out Bloedow's donuts to Empire Builder passengers.

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