Schieffer chugs away from DM&E
The top executive and architect of the pending expansion of the Dakota Minnesota & Eastern Railroad has left the company, leaving management to its new owner.
Kevin Schieffer no longer is with DM&E, the Canadian Pacific Railway announced late Tuesday. Schieffer broke with the railroad “to pursue other opportunities,” about 31⁄2 weeks before CP will acquire the smaller railroad, based in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Formal approval from the U.S. Surface Transportation Board for Canadian Pacific’s purchase of control of DM&E came on Sept. 30. The actual acquisition occurs on Oct. 30.
“We view it (Schieffer’s departure) as appropriate, given our experience in the past,” said Chris Gade, a spokesman for Mayo Clinic and for the Rochester Coalition, which has battled with Schieffer for years over DM&E’s plans in the Rochester area.
Representatives from Mayo and the coalition have spoken with Canadian Pacific officials. “We look forward and continue to have dialogue with the Canadian Pacific,” Gade said.