The rise of Devils Lake has swallowed hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland, crushing the livelihoods of those affected. But some former farming families have switched gears, turning the lake from damaging to dollar signs.
For the first time this year, Lake Region Anglers are now able to enjoy public boat ramps.
The effects of the 20-year Devils Lake flood have been well documented. Much of it negative, but some changes have meant big business for the local economy.
The Creel Bay Golf Course in Devils Lake went through a redesign after the city embankment destroyed four holes in 2011. Golfers are only able to tee up on half of the course. But the new holes are expected to be ready this summer.
With high winds this week people of Ramsey County will have to deal with a burn ban. The Devils Lake Rural Fire Department says wind gusts reached 46 miles an hour today, making the first local burn ban in years necessary.
Farmers in Devils Lake say they're days away from the start of planting season. The late winter caused some concern that fields wouldn't be ready in time, but warmer weather has helped prepare the land for growing season.
Warm temperatures this week will help melt ice on Devils Lake removing one of the final obstacles before the the Devils Lake outlets can be turned on for the season. But officials say we're still likely weeks away from seeing water pumped off the lake.
Organizers say they're confident this year's Lake Region Relay For Life will remain the top-earning relay event in the nation.
The owner of the Royal Lanes bowling alley in Devils Lake says it's up to the community to keep the town's only alley open. Owner Jim Mellon met with locals this week and said if business doesn't improve in a year he would likely shut the alley's doors for good.
The town of New Rockford is preparing to demolish a long-time local landmark that has become an environmental hazard. The city received a grant from the EPA to tear down the old New Rockford hospital that was condemned due to asbestos.