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Truck driver Terry Nicholson says the Interstate 29 detour caused by water on the highway added about an hour to his trip from Winnipeg to Fargo, where he's waiting to pick up a tractor at the Case New Holland plant. The tractor, similar to the one on the truck in the background, is being trucked to Ontario through Minnesota and Michigan. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Flood detour on I-29 in N.D. adds miles, dollars to truck drivers' routes

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FARGO - The closure of Interstate 29 north of here is more than a headache for area businesses.

It's costly.

The route between Fargo and Grand Forks that normally is 79 miles for Valley Express truck drivers is now a 116-mile route, said owner Glenn Nelson.


That's adding $60 to $80 in shipping costs for each trip, Nelson said.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.