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HURLEY — To restore the region’s freight rail system there needs to be a concerted effort to show sustainable economic viability, according to a presentation in Hurley on Thursday.

The deterioration of east-west short line rail links in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula has resulted in the loss of vital links to major rail lines that connect to markets on the east and west coast — and that limits the potential growth of industry, said John Duncan Varda, a Wisconsin attorney representing the Wisconsin Central Group freight rail stakeholder...