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Published May 23, 2010, 04:37 PM

Maida Bar to Close Because of Border Patrol Expansion

A border bar in Maida, North Dakota has to close its doors after 46 years of operation.

A border bar in Maida, North Dakota has to close its doors after 46 years of operation. The Border Patrol has decided to expand its border station and needs the land the bar is on to do so.

A place to gather and have a good time for nearly half a century is now having to say goodbye to its customers. Jacks Bar in Maida, North Dakota is closing its doors because of an expansion of the border patrol office just a few yards away.

Kayla Dunnigan/Owners Daughter: "It's sad to see this place go because it's a huge part of our community. Many, many Canadian people have been coming here for a long time and American people, the food is good and it's a wonderful, wonderful environment."

Jacks Bar has been on the border for nearly 46 years. It was first opened in 1964. The bar had 4 stools and a small table, and now in 2010 the bar can serve up to 300 people in a single night from people on both sides of the border.

Debbie Evans/Patron:"We always phoned from home because in the winter time you got buses and but we always phoned to see if there was a bus coming tonight because if there was you either came early or you didn't show up at all."

Many customers have been coming to Jacks Bar for many years, and for one 10 year old kid he is losing a second home. He's been coming to Jacks for dinner every Wednesday since he was 2 days old.

Tony Fijala/Patron:"I have barely missed a day and the only day that I have missed was when I had hockey and sometimes I even come after hockey. I have been here pretty much all my life."

Owners Jay and Peggy Dunnigan are sad to see the place go, but are looking at the change as a good thing and say it's time to relax, but the family they have gained will be missed.

Peggy Dunnigan/Owner:"I could not have been what it is with out our loyal customers and help, I mean it was a joint effort by everybody and that's what makes it so special."

Friday will be the last day the bar is open. The Dunnigans say they're going out in style.

The Dunnigans are planning to move to Grand Forks and are looking forward to some time off.