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Lawmakers in Minnesota, Canada search for border solutions



The Grand Portage Point of Entry on the U.S. border with Canada closed to nonessential travel in March 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19.

DULUTH – Less than a mile from the Canadian border in northeastern Minnesota, Ryden's Border Store has been painfully quiet during the pandemic.

Owner Mike Boomer said business is down 90% at his convenience store and gas station, his general manager of more than 10 years departed and he doesn't know where he'll find employees once the border finally reopens to more travelers.

"Being a third-generation business owner has its own challenges without two governments working against us," Boomer said during a roundtable discussion on Tuesday. "We need some sort of opening - not tomorrow, we need it now."


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