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Declining Rural Towns Offer Free Land - Florida Family Gives Up On Small-Town North Dakota

February 16, 2010View for printing

A tiny North Dakota town's promise of cash and free land lured only one family from out of state. Now, Michael and Jeanette Tristani and their 12-year-old twins are trying to move from the town without a traffic light back to Miami.

Tired of crime, traffic, hurricanes and the high cost of living in Florida, the Tristanis moved four years ago to Hazelton, a dwindling town of about 240 that has attempted to attract young families to stay on the map.

Michael Tristani, 42, said at the time the 1,800-mile move was "an answer to our prayers."

JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press Writer

Full Story: http://www.clickorlando.com/news/22572306/detail.html

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