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Minn. endorses high-speed rail to Chicago (11:24 p.m. 12/31/09)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota transportation officials are going on the record in support of a high-speed rail line between the Twin Cities and Chicago.

However, the statewide rail plan released Thursday didn’t try to straighten out the knotty politics of picking a route through southeastern Minnesota.

The plan does recommend that both Minneapolis and St. Paul have stops on the line, which is expected to cost more than $1 billion.

The state Legislature ordered up the plan last year, well before an infusion of $8 billion in federal stimulus money was earmarked for rail lines nationwide.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty endorsed the Twin Cities-Chicago route last spring.

The rail plan for the state also describes passenger rail service to St. Cloud, Moorhead, Mankato and Eau Claire, Wis.

Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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