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09-13-2006, 02:34 AM
Surface Transportation Board
[STB Docket No. AB-497 (Sub-No. 3X)]

Minnesota Northern Railroad, Inc.-Abandonment Exemption-in Polk
and Norman Counties, MN

On August 16, 2006, Minnesota Northern Railroad, Inc. (MNN), filed
with the Board a petition under 49 U.S.C. 10502 for exemption from the
provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10903 to abandon a 17.0-mile portion of its Ada
Subdivision between milepost 64.0, south of Beltrami, and the end of
the line at milepost 47.0, south of Ada, in Polk and Norman Counties,
MN. The line traverses United States Postal Service Zip Codes 56500,
56510, and 56517.
The line does not contain federally granted rights-of-way. Any
documentation in MNN's possession will be made available promptly to
those requesting it.
The interest of railroad employees will be protected by the
conditions set forth in Oregon Short Line R. Co.--Abandonment-Goshen,
360 I.C.C. 91 (1979).
By issuing this notice, the Board is instituting an exemption
proceeding pursuant to 49 U.S.C. 10502(b). A final decision will be
issued by December 4, 2006.
Any offer of financial assistance (OFA) under 49 CFR 1152.27(b)(2)
will be due no later than 10 days after service of a decision granting
the petition for exemption. Each OFA must be accompanied by a $1,300
filing fee. See 49 CFR 1002.2(f)(25).
All interested persons should be aware that, following abandonment
of rail service and salvage of the line, the line may be suitable for
other public use, including interim trail use. Any request for a public
use condition under 49 CFR 1152.28 or for trail use/rail banking under
49 CFR 1152.29 will be due no later than September 25, 2006. Each trail
use request must be accompanied by a $200 filing fee. See 49 CFR
All filings in response to this notice must refer to STB Docket No.
AB-497 (Sub-No. 3X), and must be sent to: (1) Surface Transportation
Board, 1925 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20423-0001; and (2) Thomas F.
McFarland, Thomas F. McFarland, P.C., 208 South LaSalle Street, Suite
1890, Chicago, IL 60604-1112. Replies to the petition are due on or
before September 25, 2006.
Persons seeking further information concerning abandonment
procedures may contact the Board's Office of Public Services at (202)
565-1592 or refer to the full abandonment or discontinuance regulations
at 49 CFR part 1152. Questions concerning environmental issues may be
directed to the Board's Section of Environmental Analysis (SEA) at
(202) 565-1539. [Assistance for the hearing impaired is available
through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.]
An environmental assessment (EA) (or environmental impact statement
(EIS), if necessary) prepared by SEA will be served upon all parties of
record and upon any agencies or other persons who commented during its
preparation. Other interested persons may contact SEA to obtain a copy
of the EA (or EIS). EAs in these abandonment proceedings normally will
be made available within 60 days of the filing of the petition. The
deadline for submission of comments on the EA will generally be within
30 days of its service.
Board decisions and notices are available on our Web site at

Decided: August 28, 2006.

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By the Board, David M. Konschnik, Director, Office of
Vernon A. Williams,
[FR Doc. E6-14536 Filed 9-1-06; 8:45 am]