Border Patrol Steps Up Coverage, Highway Over Garrison Dam Closed

Fargo, ND – The U.S. Border Patrol is enhancing its coverage of the U.S. and Canadian border in wake of today's attacks on the Pentagon and World trade Center.

Glen Schroeder is the chief patrol agent for the patrol in Grand Forks. Schroeder says agents will be working on a mandatory overtime basis, and all of the patrol's resources will be used to the fullest.

The Grand Forks office of the patrol is responsible for watching 917 miles of the international border between ports of entry in North Dakota Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Schroeder says that's a lot of land to keep track of that Today's attacks worry him greatly.

Still, he says there's a very good spirit of cooperation between U.S. border agents and their Canadian counterparts. He says he believes today's attacks have strengthened that.

Meanwhile, North Dakota Governor John Hoeven has ordered officials to close down North Dakota Highway 200 over the Garrison Dam. The transportation Department says it will be closed between Riverdale and Pick City until further notice. Drivers should use alternative Highway 200 and U.S. 83 through Washburn until the road is reopened.