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North Dakota highway open, so Manitobans can head home

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The longer long weekend for many Manitobans is over, as North Dakota state officials have just re-opened I-29 from Grand Forks to the Canadian border.

The highway had been closed since 9:35 a.m. on Monday.

Internet sites say there are no line-ups yet at the border for northbound Canadians -- but I-29 did just re-open about 8:30 a.m.

North Dakota television stations are showing video of Canadians drinking coffee at a Red Cross shelter in Grand Forks with camp cots set up in the hallway.

 

The Alerus Centre was also opened to house stranded travellers overnight.

The highway was closed early Monday. It was so dangerous that highway officials pulled snow plows from the highway.

By Monday evening, I-29 was reopened from Fargo to Grand Forks. But the stretch from Grand Forks to the border remained closed, leaving people scrambling to find lodging in Grand Forks.

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Updated on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 8:44 AM CST: Updated with highway open.

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