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Published August 24, 2011, 01:34 PM

Tiny North Dakota town rallies to save lone store

FORT RANSOM, N.D. (AP) — About 50 area residents have pledged $60,000 in an effort to save Fort Ransom's only grocery store.

FORT RANSOM, N.D. (AP) — About 50 area residents have pledged $60,000 in an effort to save Fort Ransom's only grocery store.

The Forum newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/p0mrTA ) that about 60 to 70 area residents gathered earlier this week to discuss how to save Olson's General Store after it closed over the weekend.

Fort Ransom Mayor Jim Thernes said losing the grocery store would be crushing to the town of 80 people, especially since the community recently lost its only restaurant and is at risk of losing its post office.

Russell Johnson, an organizer of a newly formed steering committee, says Fort Ransom hopes to emulate Buffalo, N.D., which saved its only grocery store after community members raised $50,000 to buy the store's inventory.

The store is now operated by the community in a city-owned building.

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