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ND town of Fordville losing only grocery store

FORDVILLE, N.D. (AP) -- The northeastern North Dakota town of Fordville is without a grocery store for the first time in its 106-year history.

A grocery-butcher-hardware store building and equipment is being auctioned off Saturday, after Curt and Jan Iverson hung up their aprons this fall at the Fordstore and Trustworthy Hardware in the Walsh County community of 212 people northwest of Grand Forks.

The Iversons operated the store for 35 years, and Jan Iverson tells the Grand Forks Herald that they've never really had a vacation. Curt Iverson also has battled health problems in recent years. The Iversons plan to stay in the community, working on hobbies and spending time with family.

Mayor Bob Sobolik says the loss of the store will leave "a tremendous hole" on Main Street.