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Lincoln is Expanding

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North Dakota is becoming younger.
The average citizen's age is one year younger since the last census.
Ben Smith tells us how recent population growth is creating new challenges for small communities throughout the state.
Lincoln, North Dakota.  This small town that is seeing change.
"The town is getting busier, the streets are getting busier. It takes more time to get everywhere that people are not used to." says Dan Schonert of
Dan ownes an electric company that has taken off because of the recent growth.
"Went from 4 guys to 15 in a year and a half."
He works on residental and industrial buildings in the Lincoln area, and has seen the growth first hand.
"Residental is growing real strong in Lincoln."
It's no secret that the increase in population has affected many industries across the state of North Dakota but one of the biggest concerns for young families in the area is finding a school for their kids to go to that is close to their home.
"It's just felt that the bus ride was so long, their day was extended so much." Says Shelly Swanson
Shelly Swanson remembers what Lincoln children had to go through before the new Lincoln elementary was built.
"They had to leave very early in the morning and had a long trip home at the end of the day so their work day as a child was extended so greatly."
Lincoln has seen steady growth of young families over the last few years.  Over half of households have a child under the age of 18 living in the home.
"Obviously the schools have higher enrollments.  We've had enough students here to fill a school for quite a few years.  We finally got a building here last year for which we are thankful." Says Mayor Bob Johnston.
Thankful to have a school to attend that is right in their own community.
It's only one of many developments that are showing up in the once-sleepy town of Lincoln.
"The growth is coming, with the growth comes everything else." Says Dan
For these residents, more change is on the horizon.
Ben Smith KXNews.
Lincoln elementary currently has 361 students enrolled in it's first year of operation.
Projected enrollment for next fall is over  100 students more than this year with the addition of the 5th grade class.
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