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Smallest county seat in US now in South Dakota, not North Dakota

Smallest county seat in US now in South Dakota, not North Dakota

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AMIDON, N.D. | The tiny southwestern North Dakota town of Amidon has lost its claim to fame.

A sign outside the Slope County town boasts that it's the smallest county seat in the nation. But the 2010 census put the town's population at 20 — and Gann Valley, S.D., now has the distinction of being the nation's smallest county seat, with 14 people.

Amidon is near two tourist attractions — the Burning Coal Vein Campgrounds and White Butte, the highest point in North Dakota. Mayor Jerry Erickson tells the Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/1c8yPZM ) that he thinks there are 33 people now living in the community.

Erickson says Amidon might set up its own City Hall, rather than borrowing space in county-owned buildings.

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