All aboard: Plan calls for passenger rail between St. Paul, Minnesota and Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Earlier this spring, a group of boosters gathered in Eau Claire — heralded by some as an emerging “mini-Portland” — and agreed on just what was missing from the western Wisconsin city’s renaissance: passenger rail.

They not only have a plan to restore long-dormant rail service to St. Paul’s Union Depot, they insist it can be privately financed, too.

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