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New Rockford, in Eddy County, and Carrington, in Foster County, are only about seventeen miles apart. They share similarities: Both were settled about 1882; both had post offices established in 1883; both were on the upswing to become leading cities.

Both cities also supplied commentary on the benefits and progress of their towns. These reports sometimes led to more people coming and to more development, a process called booming--but it also could lead to a little competition. And so on this date in 1902, the Foster County Independent out of Carrington reported this about New Rockford:

"...In the last issue of the [New Rockford] Transcript, we notice that one of the merchants there is selling 21 pounds of prunes for a dollar. That will boom the town, for sure."

By Sarah Walker

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Foster County Independent, Thursday, May 29,