Grand Marais Border Patrol Station
518 East Highway 61
Grand Marais, Mn 55604
The next Coffee with the PAIC will be scheduled soon.
Coffee with the PAIC is an open house of the United States Border Patrol Grand Marais Station, located at 518 E Highway 61, which includes coffee, treats, and great conversation with our Patrol Agent in Charge (PAIC). Take a tour of our building, ask questions, meet our staff, learn about the mission of the US Border Patrol. All are welcome and encouraged to drop by. Check back soon for the next Coffee with the PAIC.
We look forward to seeing you!
As mentioned our best eyes and ears are often community members and those who are vacationing in Cook and Lake Counties. When you are out and about and see or hear something near our border with Canada that just doesn't seem right, we want your call! Remember, all information may be given anonymously.
During regular business hours you may try calling the Grand Marais Station directly at 218.387.1770. If it is after hours or on the weekends please call our dispatch in Grand Forks, ND at 1.800.982.4077. They will immediately contact an agent to respond.
If email is your preference you may also send messages directly to dispatch firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrol Agent in Charge Matthew Curran may be contacted at any time with questions, concerns, and suspicious activity at or around the border.
Cell Phone 218.370.0631
A History of the United States Border Patrol
Taken from the United States Border Patrol Museum
On May 28, 1924, Congress passed the Labor Appropriations Act of 1924, officially establishing the United States Border Patrol with appropriations for 450 Patrol Inspectors. Their purpose was to secure the borders between inspection stations.
The government initially provided the inspectors with a badge and a revolver. Recruits furnished their own horse and saddle. Washington provided oats and hay for the horse and an annual salary of $1680 for the inspectors. The new agency did not begin to issue uniforms to its agents until December of 1924.
In 1925, the duties of the Border Patrol were expanded to patrol the seacoast. During this time it reached the desired manpower of 450 Patrol Inspectors. Many of the early inspectors were recruited from organizations such as the Texas Rangers, local sheriff deputies, and appointees from the Civil Service Register of Railroad Mail Clerks.
In 1932, The Border Patrol was placed under the authority of two directors, one in charge of the Mexican border office in El Paso, Texas, and the other in charge of the Canadian border office in Detroit, Michigan. The majority of the Border Patrol at this time was assigned to the Canadian Border. Liquor smuggling was a major concern because it too often accompanied alien smuggling. The prohibition era was the most violent in the history of the Border Patrol. Although horses remained the transportation of choice for many years, especially along the southern border, by 1935, the Border Patrol began using motorized vehicles with radios. Today the Border Patrol fleet includes sedans, vans, sport utility vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes, bikes, planes, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles.