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Borealis Celebration Events on May 21

Public events commemorating inaugural run of Borealis train service

The public and media are invited to attend celebrations commemorating the inaugural run of the Borealis passenger rail service running from Saint Paul, MN to Chicago. Events take place Tuesday, May 21. Celebrations are planned at station stops in Saint Paul, Red Wing, and Winona in Minnesota, and La Crosse, WI.

Each celebration features events unique to their individual stations, from federal, state, and local speakers in Saint Paul to local bands and food trucks in Red Wing. Representatives from Amtrak and the corresponding state department of transportation are slated to speak at each event.

Saint Paul

Speakers include Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan; FRA Administrator Amit Bose; Senator Amy Klobuchar State Director Erika Nelson; Congresswoman Betty McCollum Outreach Director, Charlie Hammond; Minnesota Department of Transportation, Jean Wallace; Minnesota House Transportation Committee Chair Frank Hornstein; Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega; Ramsey County Commissioner Trista Martinson; Greg Regan, President, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO; and Amtrak CEO Steven Gardner. 

Public walk-through tours begin at 9am, with the event beginning at 10:45am. The train departs at 11:50 am.

Location: Union Depot, 214 4th Street East, Saint  Paul, MN 55101

Red Wing

Speakers include Matt Bailey, Passenger Rail Director, MnDOT, Ribbon Cutting with Mayor Mike Wilson when the train arrives at 12:35pm.

Food trucks are available starting at 12 pm; music and entertainment from 1pm-3pm; news conference at 1:45; train arrival and ribbon cutting at the first passenger car at 12:35pm

Location: 420 Levee Street, Red Wing, MN 55066


Speakers include Steve Young, City Councilor and Great River Rail Representative; Mayor Scott Sherman; Senator Jeremy Miller; Representative Gene Pelowski; and Jon P. Solberg, Assistant Director of Sustainability Planning and Program Management Division, MnDOT; and Former Mayor, Jerry Miller.

Speakers will begin at 12:45pm, prior to the eastbound departure from Winona at 1:40pm. A brief ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 1:40pm at the first passenger car as the Borealis pulls into the station. The train departs at 1:45pm.

Location: 65 East Mark Street, Winona, MN 55987

La Crosse

Speakers include Secretary Anne Sayers, Wisconsin Department of Tourism; WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson; Ray Lang, Amtrak Executive Vice President of State Supported Services; Mitch Reynolds, La Crosse Mayor.

The celebration begins with a food truck at 12pm; music and entertainment, 1pm-3pm; news conference at 1:45pm, and train arrival and ribbon cutting at the first passenger car at 2:16pm.

Location: 601 St. Andrew Street, La Crosse, WI 54601


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