North Dakotans, Canadians share concerns over proposed port-of-entry hours changes

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ANTLER, N.D. - There could be changes coming to three of our state's ports of entry in the comings weeks.

Residents headed out Tuesday to voice concerns about one of them.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol announced they are considering limiting the time ports in Antler, Carbury, and Maida stay open.

The Antler one would close at 5 p.m. rather than 9 p.m.

Dozens of North Dakotan and Canadians gathered at the Antler Community Center for a Town Hall meeting with Customs officers to discuss the proposal.

Officers tried to assure residents that nothing was set in stone, and that traffic through the ports is limited in the evenings.

But, area residents disagreed, and said the changes could be a threat to their livelihoods.

"I would like to see the port kept open from 9 to 10. If they can't come across the border after 5 o’clock you might as well say goodbye to our business too," said Sharron Tennyson, local resident.

State Senators Randy Burckhard and Shawn Vedaa attended Tuesday's meeting, agreeing with the residents that the changes might disrupt commerce and cause confusion.

Officers said they would share the public's concerns with federal officials.

The proposed changes would go into effect Nov. 24.