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Pipeline construction provides boost to businesses in Iowa

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Businesses in northwest Iowa are seeing a clear boost in business when construction workers building the Dakota Access oil pipeline arrive in town.

Cherokee city manager Sam Kooiker tells the Sioux City Journal (http://bit.ly/2eHhygc ) the difference is clear downtown in the evenings when few parking spots are available.

The 1,200-mile pipeline is designed to carry crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois.

It has drawn opposition from people worried about potential effects on drinking water and tribal land, but the Energy Transfer Partners project is moving forward and is about 75 percent complete.

It's hard to put an exact figure on the economic benefits, but Mark Buschkamp with the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation says area hotels are full and there are lines at the grocery store.

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