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August 07, 2007

Northstar Commuter Coach Bus Driver Throws First Pitch At Friday Twins Game

Twins designated Aug. 3 Northstar Commuter Rail Night

ANOKA, Minn. The nearly 32,000 Twins fans who attended the Friday, Aug. 3 game against Cleveland learned about the Northstar Commuter Rail Project and cheered on Darle Henrikson, a Northstar Commuter Coach bus driver, as he threw the ceremonial first pitch.

Northstar Commuter Coach Bus Driver Throws First Pitch
From left, NCDA Chair Dan Erhart, Minnesota Twins mascot T.C. and Northstar Commuter Coach bus driver Darle Henrikson pause for a quick photo after Henrikson threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Aug. 3 Twins game.

Northstar selected Henrikson to throw the first pitch for doing his job well and saving the life of a motorcyclist. The incident that could have been a tragedy occurred during a recent rush hour morning on Highway 10 in Coon Rapids. A motorcyclist rear-ended an SUV and was thrown off his bike into the path of the bus Henrikson was driving.

Darles quick thinking and expert defensive driving skills allowed him to avoid the rider and neighboring vehicles, and to keep commuters who ride the Northstar Commuter Coach safe, said Dan Erhart, chair of the Northstar Corridor Development Authority (NCDA). He deserves our most heartfelt gratitude for a job well done.

Henrikson was joined on the pitchers mound by Erhart. The Twins designated Fridays game against Cleveland as Northstar Commuter Rail night. Twins and Northstar supporters participated in a pre-game gathering and, throughout the game, information was available to baseball fans about Northstar Commuter Rail, anticipated to begin operations in 2009.

Were pleased by the support of the Minnesota Twins and their help in advancing the Northstar Commuter Rail Project as an efficient way to help move Minnesotans across the state and region, Erhart said. When Northstar trains begin running, they will connect with Hiawatha Light Rail at a station next to the new Twins ballpark. Northstar will be a great addition to the new ballpark neighborhood and will create a better transportation system for all Minnesotans.

August 02, 2007

Northstar Groundbreaking in Big Lake Postponed

The Northstar Commuter Rail groundbreaking for the vehicle maintenance facility in Big Lake has been postponed until Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007.

The event was to take place this afternoon to mark the next phase of Northstar construction and the Northstar Corridor Development Authoritys (NCDA) 10-year anniversary. However, the NCDA decided to postpone it in response to Wednesday evenings tragic collapse of the 35W bridge in downtown Minneapolis.

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