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RYAN BAKKEN: Thompson still 'slice of heaven' despite loss of gravel streets

Published 02/18/2012, Grand Forks Herald

Stereotypes of my residence of the past 23 years are chiseled in granite. Bedroom community. Speed trap. Gravel streets. Yes, Thompson still is inhabited mostly by people who work in Grand Forks. And, yes, you don’t want to break the speed limit because you’ll get collared. The speed trap is our version of economic development. But, get out the sander to remove the third stereotype from the granite. By the end of this year, approximately two-thirds of Thompson’s roadways will be paved.

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