FLOOD FORCES SHIFT TO SMALL-TOWN MARKETS

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A massive flood here has forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate their homes and businesses, increasing food sales in the surrounding small towns that have absorbed the refugees.Paul Nelson, president of Hartz Foods, a wholesaler based in Thief River Falls, Minn., said his customers -- 324 small groceries -- have seen a dramatic surge in sales."People usually go to these

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A massive flood here has forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate their homes and businesses, increasing food sales in the surrounding small towns that have absorbed the refugees.

Paul Nelson, president of Hartz Foods, a wholesaler based in Thief River Falls, Minn., said his customers -- 324 small groceries -- have seen a dramatic surge in sales.

"People usually go to these small-town groceries for their pick-me-up needs," Nelson said. "Now, they'

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