Sarah McKenzie

For the first time, ridin' the rails

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An intrepid reporter goes on an LRT field trip

Eddy Malinowicz is a third-generation rail man.

His grandmother cleaned train cars in Boston, and his father worked on a line near New Haven, Conn. Malinowicz has grown familiar with tracks all over the country. Before coming to Minnesota, he drove commuter rail trains in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

He's traded in palm trees for snow-packed terrain to help launch the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit (LRT) line, which begins partial service in April from Downtown to Fort Snelling.

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