“We are under house arrest”: This U.S. border community is trapped by the pandemic border blockade
Toronto-Although the pandemic has taken most of us out of normal life, a remote community in Minnesota has been cut off more food than most people-people in the northwest corner of Minnesota cannot travel to the United States overland because They are willing to have to drive through Manitoba.
The Northwest Angle is a piece of land in the United States, located between Lake Ontario and Manitoba north of the Canadian forest boundary, and located on the northern part of the Canadian-U.S. border. Due to survey errors that occurred during the demarcation of the border, all land borders in the northwest corner are bordered by Canada, which means that during the pandemic, the residents there have been cut off from their home country due to the border closure.
Paul Colson told CTV News on Sunday: “We are under house arrest.” “If we want to leave our little guy in the northwest corner, we have to ask Canada to allow us to leave. How long can we go? How long to walk. We do not allow visitors.
“If we want to leave, we have to jump around.”
Karen and Paul Colson run Jake’s Northwest Angle Resort, and their business has plummeted since the pandemic began.
“We should be open now, we-we are not really open yet. We are empty,” Karen said.
Paul Colson said: “In terms of operating our resort, on March 20 last year, the border was closed, so we have been in the state for 15 months.” “And I would say that our business has declined. About 75%.”
He explained that when they were fishing on the lake, there would be a little rise in winter. But they estimate that their business dropped by 82% to 85% last summer.
Although many companies have suffered due to the pandemic, their resorts have been double-affected because, with the border closures taking effect, customers in Canada and the United States are largely unable to travel to the resort.
“If you choose not to drive through Manitoba [to get to the resort], You can walk 50 miles [80 km] ferry. “Coulson said. “If you want to go to a certain attraction in Niagara or Toronto, it’s like crossing the Great Lake there. “
The Coulsons have a solution, but they said they need enough political will to achieve it.
“What we want is a non-contact travel corridor that traverses 40 miles [64 km] Southeast of Manitoba. “Coelson said. “So we can go to our own country.” It is not difficult. “
If Americans are allowed to travel over Manitoba on a specific corridor from the Minnesota border to the northwest corner, this will allow the Colsons to receive more guests at their resort. If they choose, this will also enable them to leave themselves and travel to the United States.
“You can use GPS to track, and if you stop, you can be fined $10,000,” Colson said.
“We don’t want to stay in Manitoba, we don’t want to run around Canada, we just want to travel from the United States to the United States”
At present, the family is still trapped by a geographic error many years ago, and I hope they will soon be able to enter other areas of Minnesota.