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Published February 19, 2013, 04:03 PM

Stranded Travelers Head Home After Spending Night at Alerus

More then 200 stranded travelers spent the night at the Alerus Center, where the Red Cross set up a shelter after the blizzard forced the shut down of major highways out of Grand Forks.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

More then 200 stranded travelers spent the night at the Alerus Center, where the Red Cross set up a shelter after the blizzard forced the shut down of major highways out of Grand Forks.

It was a very busy weekend in Grand Forks, many people came down from Manitoba because Monday was a Canadian holiday. When it came time to head back, the roads where closed. and because hotels filled up quickly people were detoured to a Red Cross shelter at the Alerus Center. Officials were expecting only about 40 people, but they ended up with 226.

Setting up a storm shelter is not uncommon for the Red Cross. One was just set up last week in Wahpeton, but to accommodate more than 200 people is rare.

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