From Minnesota to California, BNSF Corp. has drawn judicial penalties for misconduct.
In the past 10 years, BNSF and other major freight haulers have won praise for improving their safety record.
Unlike employees in other industries, railroad workers do not automatically qualify for benefits under worker's compensation systems if they are injured while on the job.
Local police are invited to ride along on BNSF trains as they pass through their communities. Elk River police Capt. Brad Rolfe, left, rode behind conductor Paul Keller.
Roger Biever, a former BNSF technician, and his daily journal from Dec. 3, 1997, where he noted "Mess install" on train 2927, referring to a radio foot pedal that he installed.
An occasional series examining special education in Minnesota’s public schools, where the sharp increase in students who have serious disabilities has brought soaring costs, profound challenges and often controversial new methods for educating them.