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ND food stamp usage down

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BISMARCK (AP) -- The number of North Dakotans using food stamps to buy groceries dropped 2 percent in the last month of fiscal 2011, while the state's population swelled to an all-time high spurred by a hardy economy.

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Federal Agriculture Department figures show 60,011 people received food assistance in September last year, down from 61,229 in September 2010.

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