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Line 3 promised to be a boon to northern Minnesota's economy. Halfway into construction, has it lived up to its promise?


March 31, 2021

Harry's Bar and Grill food manager Randy Ihle stands in the bar area of the Hill City restaurant. Business declined to about 20% of pre-pandemic levels when Harry's was forced to only offer carryout. Now that indoor dining is open again business is up to 60%-70% and owners credit most of that to the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline construction project bringing in new customers. (Clint Austin /

For Harry's Bar and Grill in Hill City, construction on Enbridge's $4 billion Line 3 oil pipeline came at the right time.

When work began Dec. 1 on the 340-mile pipeline across northern Minnesota, the state had just banned indoor dining at Minnesota bars and restaurants for the second time amid a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases.

But the influx of pipeline workers began ordering takeout and Harry's parked its food truck outside Enbridge's Hill City construction yard.


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