Small Town's Citizens Build Their Own Grocery Store For many small communities, when the grocery store closes, it can foretell the end of the town itself. Residents of New England, N.D., saw their only grocery store close two years ago. But when the last supermarket left this Great Plains town, its residents decided to build one on their own.
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Small Town's Citizens Build Their Own Grocery Store

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Small Town's Citizens Build Their Own Grocery Store

Small Town's Citizens Build Their Own Grocery Store

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The New England Community Store had its grand opening Monday.

Dan Collison

The Dakotas have been steadily losing population for three decades. Small towns are drying up, and the loss of something so small but vital as a grocery store can often lead to another ghost town littering the Great Plains.

Residents of New England, N.D., saw their only grocery store close two years ago. But when the last supermarket left town, its residents decided to build one on their own.