ND town worries border closing times could impact business
SARLES, N.D. — A small town is worried its business may dry up as the feds consider closing border crossing earlier in the day.
The Sarles Port of Entry is set to close at 5 p.m. in January — five hours earlier than it closes now.
The town's mayor says farmers on both sides of the border could suffer.
Sarles has one of the only implement dealers in the area. Canadian tourism is also popular in the small town.
"Whether it be Canadian traffic coming down to the bar and grill in Sarles or us going up for supper up there, we have a lot of close friends and they're basically neighbors," said Sarles resident Jason Estenson.
Customs and Border Protection is hosting a town hall meeting Wednesday evening, Dec. 12, talking with people in the area about the proposed changes.