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GRAND FORKS — A decline in Amtrak riders on the Empire Builder can be blamed on Burlington Northern Santa Fe, an Amtrak spokesman said.

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From October through March, Empire Builder ridership was down 15 percent compared with the same period a year earlier, said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari. During that six-month span, the number of passengers fell from 255,642 to 216,435.

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