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Letter: Line 3 kept area communities afloat

This past year, it has been incredible to see the number of tourists and pipeline workers as a part of our community here in Thief River Falls once again.

Letter to the editor FSA

As mayor of Thief River Falls, I can recount firsthand the trials and tribulations that dozens of businesses in our community went through due to the pandemic. Hours were reduced, tourists stayed home, and some businesses even closed their doors forever. It was something we can never forget but also something we survived.

Like all towns around the country, we were desperate for any glimpse of sunshine through the rain. Anything that would help invigorate our dismal economic outlook following 2020.

That sunshine came in the form of the Line 3 pipeline project which got underway in December and was completed earlier this month. This valuable project brought a significant economic boost to the communities along the pipeline route.

Towns and cities throughout the 14 counties along the Line 3 route now had pipeline workers traveling to or through their communities. Local cafés saw new customers become regulars. Main Street supply shops stocked their shelves based on what the pipeliners would need.

Revenues were up. Hours were back to normal. And our economies were moving at a pace not seen in over a year.

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This past year, it has been incredible to see the number of tourists and pipeline workers as a part of our community here in Thief River Falls once again. The economic impact of this pipeline project kept us afloat, and I can speak on behalf of our town when I say we will be forever grateful.

Brian Holmer, Thief River Falls mayor

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