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Published March 08, 2011, 02:14 PM

Grocery in Jeopardy in Small ND Town

The owner of the grocery store in the southeast North Dakota town of Buffalo says it isn't making money and he wants to close it. A group of residents hopes to somehow keep it open.

By: Associated Press,

BUFFALO, N.D. (AP) — The owner of the grocery store in the southeast North Dakota town of Buffalo says it isn't making money and he wants to close it. A group of residents hopes to somehow keep it open.

The Forum newspaper reports that fewer than 200 people live in Buffalo, which is between the larger cities of Valley City and Fargo where many residents shop. Buffalo store owner Fred Wangler says small town businesses can't stay open if they don't get support.

Some residents are considering taking over the store as a community operation. Organizer Tammy Erickson says a grocery helps a community thrive.

Wangler says he's been trying for five years to keep the store afloat. He says it won't happen no matter who owns it, if people don't shop there.

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