A taxpayer owned grocery store

RICHARDTON, N.D. (AP) – A small town in southwestern North Dakota is getting something back that it lost seven years ago. It’s a grocery store.

The nearest supermarket for Richardton, a town of 529 residents, is 15 miles away in Hebron. The largest city, Dickinson, is 23 miles away. …

The town is paying for the store through a Bank of North Dakota loan program that allows communities to buy down interest on loans.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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