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With the need for passports, heavier scrutiny from border guards and the slide in the U.S. dollar, old American friends are increasingly reluctant to come north, says the mayor of Emerson, Man.

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A truck passes by the border town of Emerson, Man., en route to Winnipeg Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010.

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Just outside Emerson, Man., an old rusty sign in a field on the Minnesota side of the United States/Canada border warns of penalties if a person enters the United States without reporting to Customs.

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Flags blow in the wind at the baseball diamond in the town of Emerson, Man., on Oct. 10, 2010.

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Just outside Emerson, Man., a dirt road draws the line between the United States and Canada with Minnesota on the right and Manitoba on the left, on Oct. 10, 2010.

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