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NLX Discussion In Hinckley Draws Nice Crowd

Friday, May 17th, 2013 at 7:00 am

The Northern Lights Express, or NLX, is a somewhat controversial project that would bring high-speed rail through Pine County and connect Duluth with the Twin Cities.

A discussion on the NLX was held on Thursday night in Hinckley. About 70 people assembled to hear the discussion between special speakers Dr. David Levinson (U of M Professor from the Dept. of Civil Engineering) and Ken Buehler (NLX Technical Advisory Committee member) and was moderated by WCMP’s News Director Jesse Logan.

The evening began with a moment of silence to remember Dean Dronen, who was killed on Wednesday in a motorcycle accident near Hinckley.

Then, each speaker was allowed about 25 minutes to give a presentation highlighting reasons behind his stance on the NLX. Mr. Buehler went first, followed by Dr. Levinson.  After the presentations, a short intermission took place before the question-and-answer period began.

Mr. Logan led the debate at that point, using questions from the audience to navigate topics previously mentioned by both men during their presentations. Everyone in attendance was given a chance to submit a question on note cards, and all cards were considered as the discussion continued for about an hour.

The presentation took place at the Hinckley Community Center.

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