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Engineers from the Minnesota Department of Transportation peer into a hole created by a pipeline boring under the U.S. Highway 2 bypass Tuesday afternoon after a portion of the highway collapsed. Eastbound traffic was detoured through the city. (Monte Draper/Bemidji Pioneer)

Enbridge pipeline work causes section of Highway 2 to collapse in Bemidji

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BEMIDJI -- A portion of U.S. Highway 2 collapsed Tuesday afternoon, prompting an emergency detour through Bemidji.

The collapse occurred during drilling for Enbridge Energy Corp.'s Alberta Clipper oil pipeline.

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Lorraine Grymala, community affairs manager for Enbridge, said workers were boring a 36-inch pipeline under Highway 2 and everything was going as expected until a portion of the roadway in the center of the highway caved in.

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