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