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Stoffer honored for railway service

C.J. and Linda Stoffer moved to Hudson three years ago from Manley, Iowa, because they had season tickets to the Vikings and enjoyed going to cultural activities in the Twin Cities. Plus they always seemed to be in the car driving between Iowa and various parts of the upper Midwest visiting their children and grandchildren in South Dakota and Fargo.

Soon after they announced to family members that they were heading to Hudson, the kids followed for their own reasons. Son Dan and his family live in Stillwater, another son, John, and his family moved to Hudson, and their daughter, Deb Magnuson, and her family found Hudson the perfect place to live after her husband was transferred to the Twin Cities.

On July 27, the entire family traveled to Iowa to honor their dad, C.J. Stoffer, who had an 8,000-foot station siding named after him by the Iowa Northern Railway, of which he was president before his retirement 16 years ago.

The new station siding is located between Nora Springs and Rock Falls, Iowa. The facility will be used for the meeting and passing of trains and for the interchange of 100-car unit ethanol and grain trains between the Iowa Northern Railroad and the Iowa Chicago and East railroads.

Stoffer is a who's who in Iowa railroading. He serves on the:

  • Advisory committee for the Midwest Transportation Center at Iowa State University which serves Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas;
  • Governor advisory committee on rail transportation;
  • Agri-Industry Transportation Practices and Needs Committee.

    He was a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Railroad superintendents, served six years as president of the Iowa Regional and Shortline Railroad Association, 18 years on the North Central Community Schools Board of Education (16 of those as president) and six years on the city council.

    Railroading is a family affair on both sides of the family.

    Son Dan is rail transit supervisor for the Hiawatha Light Rail System in Minneapolis and son John is senior yard manager for Canadian Pacific Railway in St. Paul.

    Wife Linda's father, grandfather and great-grandfather were also railroaders. In the couple's former town of Manley, Iowa, all but 75 families had ties to the railroad industry.

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