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Construction industry concerned about rail delays

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APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) -- Representatives of Minnesota's construction industry are the latest to express concern about the state's congested railways caused in part by increased oil shipments moving from North Dakota.

Industry leaders say the demand for concrete is growing due to a boom in construction and the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. One of the owners of AVR in Apple Valley, Peter Fischer, says two or three of his employees spend the bulk of their time figuring out where they'll get the next load of fly ash. That's a byproduct of coal and is used in making cement. Fischer says his concrete company is juggling and moving from supplier to supplier.

KMSP-TV says legislators last week heard how other essential freight, including grain and propane, has taken a back seat to oil shipments, along with Amtrak passenger trains.

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