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A Winnipeg couple mistakenly grabbed by gun-toting U.S. border guards at the Pembina crossing earlier this month has a few friends who want to help make it up to them -- the citizens of Grand Forks.
A radio station in Grand Forks -- 1310 KNOX -- is set to offer Donald and Jan Miller a weekend stay at a hotel as an apology.
Radio talk show host Dakota Huseby, known as the Voice of Dakota, said the citizens of Grand Forks hope they will have even more to offer when the couple gets there.
"I felt horrible about what had happened to them, as I think many in Grand Forks did," Huseby said Thursday.
"We at 1310 KNOX would like to offer them a weekend stay at Canad Inns in Grand Forks to make up for their bad weekend and give us another chance.
"My listeners were saying even more should be done. One guy said maybe he would put together a basket of some kind.
"And I talked to one of our (city) councillors -- Curt Kreun -- who said to make sure they got here, he'd even go to the border if it would help."
Huseby, whose show airs Monday to Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., said she learned from a listener only this week what happened to the Millers on July 17.
The Millers were on their way to spend a weekend in Grand Forks with friends when they were ordered out of their vehicle at gunpoint at the Pembina border crossing, handcuffed and put into separate interview rooms.
They were later told the 54-year-old man's name and birthdate had come up listed as "armed and dangerous" on an immigration computer.
About 15 minutes later, the Millers were told they could go on their way because they had been pulled over mistakenly due to the man's common name.
"I just find it very frightening," Jan Miller told the Free Press at the time.
"All of a sudden, six guns were pointed at our car. We were told to get out and walk backwards. They handcuffed me."
Contacted at home, Jan Miller said she and her husband will probably accept the offers from Grand Forks.
"I didn't call the Free Press to get a hotel room -- I just wanted my husband's name to get cleared," she said.
"I wasn't looking for anything except that. But I'll think of this as our apology. We didn't get one before."
Kevin Rollason is one of the more versatile reporters at the Winnipeg Free Press. Whether it is covering city hall, the law courts, or general reporting, Rollason can be counted on to not only answer the 5 Ws — Who, What, When, Where and Why — but to do it in an interesting and accessible way for readers.
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