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D & I Railroad Company (DAIR) - 2008


The D & I Railroad was incorporated in 1981 to operate part of the Milwaukee Road purchased by South Dakota in northwest Iowa. The railroad is owned by L.G. Everist Inc., a construction company. It is headquartered in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The DAIR operates on 266 miles of track that is owned by South Dakota from Sioux City to Dell Rapids, S.D., and from Hawarden, Iowa, to Beresford, S.D. DAIR also has trackage rights from Canton, S.D., to Wolsey, S.D. About 39 miles of track are located in Iowa. The railroad shares trackage rights with the BNSF Railway. The DAIR connects with the BNSF Railway; Chicago, Central and Pacific; and the Union Pacific railroads in Sioux City. In Sioux Falls, S.D., the railroad connects with the BNSF Railway and with the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad in Wolsey, S.D. The railroad employs 10 people, none located in Iowa.

The main products handled by the DAIR include nonmetallic metals, stone products, food products, and grain.