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The snow gate is a hydraulically activated attachment used to trap snow in front of a blade for a relatively short distance. (Special to The Forum)

Snow gates come with pros and cons

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FARGO -- Anyone who had to shovel a driveway following the recent holiday blizzard probably wondered if there wasn't a way to prevent snow block caused by city plows.

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Turns out, there is. And a number of cities in the region use it. But the device, called a snow gate, carries pros and cons, officials say.

Following snowy winters in the late 1990s, residents in Bismarck decided they were tired of digging out driveways every time a snowplow went by.

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