Lockout or not, start of beet harvest requires caution for local drivers

The beet harvest officially started, now local public safety officials are reminding people to keep an eye out on the roads. The Clay Country Sheriffs Office cautions drivers in and around Moorhead to watch out for trucks hauling produce around the clock for the next few weeks.
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The beet harvest officially started, now local public safety officials are reminding people to keep an eye out on the roads. The Clay Country Sheriffs Office cautions drivers in and around Moorhead to watch out for trucks hauling produce around the clock for the next few weeks.

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