Raymond, MN - Yesterday, Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach (MN-07) met with local officials, BNSF Railway and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) staff, and first responders to discuss the recent train derailment, see the scene first hand, and talk about next steps.

"Kandiyohi County and the citizens of the Raymond area have proven their strength and resilience over the last two days. Despite this terrible event, I was moved by what I saw," said Rep. Fischbach. "I was encouraged to see the strength and ability of all those involved in the response to the train derailment and the precautionary evacuation as well as those who are tasked with cleanup and any other work that is needed to be done going forward. My team remains at the ready to assist in every way we can."

The Congresswoman thanked Senators Klobuchar and Smith, and State Senator Lang for joining her. She also expressed her gratitude to State Rep. Baker, the City of Raymond, all of the first responders who arrived on the scene from across the region to help, and BNSF Railway and NTSB staff for their quick work, as well as Superintendent Jon De Groot with the Central Minnesota Christian School in Prinsburg and Pastor Steve Zwart and the Unity Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg who opened their doors to shelter people and provide food, and Pastor Aaron Greydanus with the Raymond Christian Reformed Church who opened up their space to the group.