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Minnesota, North Dakota border agents seize thousands of plants, fruit over the summer

Officers seized more than 8,000 fruit and plant items that could be carrying pests or diseases that would hurt the area's agriculture industry.
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Officers seized more than 8,000 fruit and plant items that could be carrying pests or diseases that would hurt the area's agriculture industry.

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