In the town of Emerson, Man., asylum-seekers find love and fear

The eastern border of Emerson, Manitoba and Noyes, Minnesota, where refugees cross into Canada. Emerson, located 96 kilometers south of Winnipeg, is a popular crossing for asylum seekers.

Brenda Piett is the local emergency official who hosted about 19 border-hopping African refugee claimants in an Emerson, Man., curling rink over the weekend, but she has two other jobs. She’s the co-publisher and sales manager for the local newspaper, and works at the Emerson duty free shop. In fact, her...

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