DRAKE, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers are planning a legislative study to better understand how to ensure groceries are available in rural areas where shops have been closing.

Jim Dotzenrod is a Democratic state senator. Dotzenrod sponsored a resolution calling for an investigation into the distribution and transportation of food in the state.

The Minot Daily News reports that the town of Drake is likely to lose its only grocery store beginning next year. Closure will mean customers will have to drive 30 miles (50 kilometers) to Harvey or Velva to buy groceries.

Dotzenrod says he would consider the use of state transportation and excess storage to create distribution centers for small groceries to benefit food deserts.

The Commerce Committee will lead the study. The first meeting is Aug. 12 in Bismarck.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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rbtdt5

So they are reprinting this story every week? FNP there are tons of fresh wire stories. This is the 3rd week in a row you have put this out as new.

DickD

There are all kinds of delivery services today. Thefre is door dash, operated by Uber and Walmart has their own delivery service.  There is no need for all to drive, when for a few dollars they can have home delivery.www.doordash.com/Restaurant/Delivery https://www.instacart.com/?ko_click_id=ko_b3c65d5d51d0c3f2c&utm_medium=paid_search&utm_source=instacart_bing&utm_campaign=ad_demand_prospecting&utm_term=grocery%20delivery&msclkid=aa7ebd7d0a8b18950a6de0205b494eef

Russian

Rural Americans should exercise personal responsibility and plant gardens instead of relying on corporate welfare unprofitable stores

Russian

Young Americans are not embracing rural America

shiftless88

You would think that large, wealthy corporations like WalMart would stick a small-ish store there at a loss just to help give back to the country that made them rich.

rbtdt5

I wouldn't think that. Not sure why you or anyone else would.

shiftless88

Because WalMart always likes to wave the American Flag. Many companies understand the importance of giving back to communities and do so.

rbtdt5

Walmart gives a lot back to the communities. Over $100 million in 2017. How much more do you think they should be giving back?

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