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FOREST RIVER: Smaller and less busy, but still the town hangs on

Published 07/07/2012, Grand Forks Herald

In 1987, Front Street — Forest River’s main street — was considerably busier than it is today. It boasted a bank, a cafe, a grocery store, a bar, a post office, an American Legion hall, a senior center, two gas stations, a grain elevator, a bean broker, a commercial potato farm complex, an oil distributor, a fertilizer dealer, and more. How long can it last, we asked? Twenty-five years later, Forest River manages to hang on in spite of the continuing depopulation of rural America. New residents have moved in and former residents moved back.

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