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Grand Forks Herald, Published January 07 2012

Grand Forks homeless shelter busier than normal

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Despite milder weather, at least one homeless shelter in North Dakota says it is more crowded than it was during last year's harsher winter.

Grand Forks’ Northlands Rescue Mission executive director David Sena said the shelter has been busier this year, with an average of seven people each night having to sleep on mattresses in the dining room due to overflow.

He says about 120 people, mostly men, stay at the shelter each night. That's up from 115 last winter.

Sena says the increase is not completely unexpected because there's been an influx of people from other states coming to North Dakota in hopes of finding work.