Residents of a small town near Grand Forks found a way to be social while still practicing social distancing Friday evening.

From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., residents of Cooperstown, N.D., went on a drive-around they called "Crusing Cooperstown." Residents lined up at the fairgrounds and then had a community cruise, led by the Cooperstown Fire Department and the Griggs County Sheriff's Department.

Everyone stayed in their own cars in an effort to adhere to social distancing standards that have been encouraged by various government entities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Participants also were encouraged to order take-out food from local restaurants in an effort to continue to support local businesses. Approximately 30 cars participated, driving up and down the city's streets.

Cooperstown is approximately 85 miles southwest of Grand Forks.

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"Times are hard and the uncertainty is greater," wrote Annie Dewald, who submitted a description and photo of the event to the Grand Forks Herald. "I wanted to submit (information about the event) in hopes that you can show that even though times are hard, we are in it together."

Cooperstown plans another community cruise at 7:30 p.m. April 10, Dewald said.

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