The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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December 4, 2011

CP Holiday Train on track to Waseca, Janesvillle, New Ulm

MANKATO — A couple of hundred feet of LED Christmas lights on a house can make for a festive display.

Area residents this week will be able to find out what more than 18,000 feet of LED Christmas lights can do for a freight train.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is making a return visit to south-central Minnesota, rolling through Mankato on Wednesday and making full stops — with live musical performances — in Waseca tonight and in New Ulm and Janesville on Wednesday.

The railroad has been running the decorated train through some of the communities it serves for 13 years, aiming to provide a fun family experience while raising money for local food shelves.

“We like to say it’s a bright beacon that shines a spotlight on a very serious issue,” said Ed Greenberg, a spokesman for the CP.

The full stops with concerts are 7:30 p.m. today in Waseca (308 S. State Street and Highway 13); 5 p.m. Wednesday in New Ulm (224 Third St. North, the Public Utilities empty lot between German Park and the tracks); and 9 p.m. in Janesville at Veteran’s Memorial Park — the large park just south of the old Highway 14.

For the complete story, see Monday's print edition or e-edition.

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