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Jodi and Timothy McGowan, pictured Wednesday, recently opened Comet Convenience Store in Alexander, N.D. Amy Dalrymple / Forum News Service

A slower pace in the Oil Patch: Mom-and-pop store aims to keep small-town feel in a busy area


ALEXANDER, N.D. — Life can get hectic in the Oil Patch, but the town of Alexander has a new business where folks can slow down.

Jodi and Timothy McGowan opened a convenience store last week aimed at giving locals a place to buy milk and basic grocery items without battling the highway traffic.

The small town between Williston and Watford City had a convenience store, but it closed after an expanded truck stop opened outside of town on U.S. Highway 85.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.