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Wadena, an oasis surrounded by food desert, study says

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The city of Wadena and the rest of its census tract is an oasis nearly surrounded by food deserts, according to the USDA Economic Research Service.

The USDA website and the Healthy Food Financing Initaitve (HFFI) define a food desert as a low-income census tract where a substantial number or share of residents has low access to a supermarket or large grocery store.

Farmers markets and small grocery stores carrying healthy food are not included in the statistics.

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