With pickaxe and shovel, the rail crew worked to repair the crossing.

As reported in a Facebook post by Sully County Sheriff Bill Stahl last Friday, the Ash Avenue/185th Street railroad crossing, always very rough, had become dangerously so, with one of the railroad ties being used to fill the gap between the rails and the road heaved up better than six inches.

Rail emergency personnel spent time consulting with the Sully County Highway Department and Sully County Sheriff’s Office, and arrived in Onida Monday morning to make a temporary repair to the crossing.

The repair crew removed the heaved railroad ties, and according to Stahl, will fill the gaps with gravel as a temporary fix to the crossing until more permanent repairs can be made in the spring.