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ENCORE: Small Towns Suffer With Canada Border Closure From COVID-19

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This interview originally aired Aug. 10, 2020.

In mid-March, the Canadian and U.S. governments agreed to essentially shut down their shared land border in an effort to stop the spread of COVID–19. Commercial trucks can still pass through, but almost everyone else can’t. And as this shutdown drags on, small towns on both sides of the border are suffering. 

Reporter Nate Hegyi brings us to one such struggling community in Montana. 

This is the first of a four-part series and collaboration between the Mountain West News Bureau and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. You can listen to the rest of the stories here. 

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Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!