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Shop24 Vending Store

Residents of Fox Run RV Park north of Williston, North Dakota now have a ‘store’ right at the campground.

The park recently became home to an automated convenience store called Shop24, a large vending machine that sells everything from milk to laundry detergent to frozen pizza rolls.

The shop, which is popular on college campuses, businesses and transportation hubs across the country, is new to North Dakota and the first to be placed at an RV park.

A second Shop24 is located near Watford City at the Blue Sky Lodge crew camp.

The machines aim to bring convenience store items to temporary housing residents in North Dakota’s Oil Patch who are often miles away from a store, said Rob Lindberg, president of LaVenture Logistics, which owns and operates the two stores.

The shops accept cash or credit cards and can sell anything that weighs between 1 ounce and 10 pounds. The exact items will vary depending on demand, but examples of other things sold in Williston are shampoo, ready-to-eat pork chops, headphones, Pepto Bismol and paper towels.

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Fort Steven State Park Guard House

Fort Steven State Park Guard House

High winds accompanied a fast moving storm system that spread across much of central North Dakota Monday night. Weather observers in the Garrison area reported winds ranging from 63 to 75 mph. Hail and heavy rainfall was also reported in some areas affected by the storm.

Winds rose quickly in the Lake Sakakawea region, jeopardizing the safety of those staying in campgrounds. Fortunately, there was enough advance warning of the storm to allow State Parks’ personnel to alert campers to the impending danger.

“It could have been a lot worse,” said Chad Trautman, Fort Stevenson State Park manager. “All the campers were notified early enough. The tenters all picked up and got out of here.”

Evidence of the storm’s impact and fury could be seen throughout the park Tuesday. Some trees were felled. Branches and leaves were strewn about the park. One of the largest branches that broke off from an older tree landed in a pull-though camping spot where moments before a vehicle had been parked.

Some campers who elected to ride out the Monday night storm at Fort Stevenson did so inside brick comfort stations. Trautman said he discovered several people huddled there while making a campground check at 10:30 p.m. Monday and again about 1 a.m. Tuesday.

“There were campers holed up there, which are good shelters. They were surviving it okay,” said Trautman.

Trautman noted that, if there was a good side to the storm it was that it happened on a weekday when park visitation is far less than what occurs on weekends.

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Fifth Wheel Mountain Camping cartoonA Craigslist scam targeting individuals searching for RV lots in the Williston, North Dakota area has led to one arrest, Williston Police Department officials said.

Sherri Jensen, 49, was charged in connection with the fraud Aug 17, according to a Williams County Court document provided by Williston Police Detective David Peterson. The charges, Conspiracy to Commit Theft and Theft of Property, are Class C felonies.

An ad provided by the Williston Police Department and posted Aug. 9 is titled, “$795 Williston Valley RV Park is Opening Soon!!! (2 Miles from Walmart).”

The ad asks for a $300 security deposit and posts a contact number.

Craigslist warns of possible fraud at the top of ads by saying, “Avoid scams and fraud by dealing locally! Beware any arrangement involving Western Union, Moneygram, wire transfer, or a landlord/owner who is out of the country or cannot meet you in person.”

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