Peterson Proposes GPS Solution for Northwest Angle Access

July 16, 2020
Press Release

(Detroit Lakes, Minnesota) - Representative Collin Peterson is calling on Canadian officials to provide an opportunity for property owners to travel to the Northwest Angle, while still adhering to travel restrictions between the United States and Canada. 

 

The US-Canada border has been closed to all non-essential traffic since March.

 

In a letter last week to the Canadian officials, Peterson suggested a solution for the small number of Minnesotans who own recreational property on the Northwest Angle but cannot currently access it because it requires cross-border travel. 

 

Peterson shared details of the plan in a phone call with the Lake of The Woods County Commissioners as part of their meeting at Angle Outlet on Tuesday, July 14:

 

“Why don’t we get some GPS trackers and issue them at the border in Warroad and put them in the car.  They can track you until you get up to the Angle, where you could take them out of your car and give them to somebody else so they can use them coming back.  That way, they can make sure nobody stops and nobody gets out of their car.  If we have that kind of a system … there’s no way you could be infecting anybody if you’re not getting out of the car in Canada.”

 

Last month, Peterson joined a letter from the Northern Border Caucus, calling on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to develop a phased opening plan for the border, along with consideration of interim measures to ease travel restrictions for family members and property owners who must cross the border to access their U.S. property. 

 

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*audio of Rep. Peterson's comments is available here: https://collinpeterson.house.gov/sites/collinpeterson.house.gov/files/GPSwLOW.mp3