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Minnesota border communities celebrate impending return of Canadian visitors

With nonessential travel closed off since March 2020, it will be the end of a 20-month separation


October 14, 2021

DULUTH – When vaccinated Canadians are allowed to drive into the U.S. for any reason next month, it will mark a long-awaited reunion for the communities and businesses along Minnesota's northern border.

"We consider ourselves sister cities with Fort Frances [Ontario], and we balance each other out," said Tricia Heibel, president of the International Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. "There are certain community services, like a movie theater and bowling alley, we can't afford to maintain on our own. We have Menards, they have Walmart."

"While the commerce aspect is important," she added, "we're also looking forward to a full community reconnection, a reunification."


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