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Rail meetings draw ire over lost river access

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April 22, 2016 | La Crosse Tribune | STODDARD, Wis. — Despite compromise efforts to create more crossings, western Wisconsin sportsmen are angry over loss of access to Mississippi River caused by enforcement of a railroad trespassing law.

About 200 people turned out Thursday afternoon for two listening sessions held by Sen. Jennifer Shilling of La Crosse. Dozens of hunters, trappers and anglers complained they can no longer get to spots they’ve gone for decades because of a 2006 change to state law that removed an exemption allowing people to walk directly across railroad tracks.

“It’s almost like that railroad track now is a fence,” said Richard Jensen.

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