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Know your Operator: John Brown, East Metro 

Posted by John Komarek | Tuesday, July 20, 2021 12:18:00 PM
Years of Service: 5 Garage: East Metro Lives: Woodbury Family: Wife, three kids, and two grandchildren After 27 years working at a big box grocery store, John Brown decided it was time for a change. He had a degree as a diesel [...]
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Know Your Operator: David Stiggers, South Garage 

Posted by John Komarek | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 9:57:00 AM
Years of service: 15 Lives: St. Paul Garage: South Family: Wife and four daughters In 1991, David Stiggers came to Minnesota by way of Chicago to try to make it big in hip hop music. One of his songs, “Iluvyalikeachickenwing,” even [...]
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Know Your Operator: Ismail Jama 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Thursday, March 11, 2021 5:55:00 AM
Growing up in Toronto, Ismail Jama often got around using the city’s subway and streetcar networks. So when he moved to Minneapolis as an adult, he was naturally intrigued at the prospect of becoming a train operator at Metro Transit. To give [...]
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Know your Operator: Sophia Ali 

Posted by John Komarek | Tuesday, March 2, 2021 9:00:00 AM
Years of service: 7 Lives: Burnsville Garage: Nicollet Family: Husband and three kids After 10 years of waiting in a refugee camp, Sophia Ali finally arrived in the United States in 2001. “It wasn’t a welcoming time for Muslims [...]
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Know Your Operator: Sarah Gibson 

Posted by Drew Kerr | Sunday, February 21, 2021 8:59:00 PM
Since the start of the pandemic, Train Operator Sarah Gibson hasn’t been seeing as many passengers as she used to. But there are still enough familiar faces to keep her spirits up – the veterans traveling to and from the VA, the shoppers [...]
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