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Poverty on rise in F-M, census figures show

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Shawn Barnett flung bags full of groceries and sweet corn into the back of his van Tuesday on his second trip ever to the Emergency Food Pantry in north Fargo.

His full-time job delivering furniture usually pays enough to cover the bills. But the 22-year-old husband and father of two said he needs a little help every now and then to cover the rising costs of gas, food and other basics.

"We had another baby. It's getting tighter. Everything's going up," he said.

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