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Re: I like Stan's IA request; can we do it in MN??

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Kenneth R Ohnstad

04-20-2013 03:43:56

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Hazel Run and Hanley Falls! There's a blast from the past.
I was on the 'steel gang' there in the early '80's
for the RR.
Hanley Falls was the location for the first 'wye'
on railroads. Mandated by the Supreme Court.
good luck
I live in Hawthorne WI, but grew up in Hinckley.
Have rellys all over the state.

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Ronald Anderson

04-20-2013 06:50:49

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 Re: I like Stan's IA request; can we do it in MN?? in reply to Kenneth R Ohnstad, 04-20-2013 03:43:56  
In the 80's- Did you help put in the ribbon rail modernizing the RR? Or did you work on the spur heading west to Hazel Run, Clarkfield ,and Dawson? My wifes brother, father and uncles all worked for the railroad at one time or another. Her father was a section gang boss, Brother was a signal maintainer, Uncle was also a section boss. There was several "oldtimers" that retired from the Railroad and lived in Hanley Falls. Plus of course there was a hobo jungle close to the Y. This was probably before your time but the RR was a big part of the little town. Now there is a large grain elevator, church, liquor store, gas station, two branch banks and thats about it. A bed room community for people who like smaller communities to live in while working in larger towns. Actually a lot of our southern neighbors have settled here and kept it alive, clean and neat. This is a town with a colorful exciting history. The oldtimers could tell some pretty good stories and some not so good. During the 30s one of the banks got robbed and a self appointed posse took off after them. They seen a car parked along the road and opened fire killing a young gal who was sitting with her boyfriend. it was never determined who shot the fatal shot but in the next year two members of that posse killed themselves. Hanley Falls was also known far and wide for its pure soft water.

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Kenneth R Ohnstad

04-21-2013 04:18:39

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 Re: I like Stan's IA request; can we do it in MN?? in reply to Ronald Anderson, 04-20-2013 06:50:49  
I worked on both projects. Steel gangs all over down there... Ruthton, Garretson, Pipestone...
I ran a mud jack on the spur to Hazel Run. Is the watertower in Hazel Run still standing?
Spring water soooo cold.
Loved it all down there.

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