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VA Clinic in Devils Lake now open

After Monday's ribbon cutting celebration Tuesday is the day the VA outpatient clinic officially opens its doors at Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake.

And workers at the clinic say day one was a resounding success.

The VA started off slowly Tuesday, with only two patients, but the clinic is planning to quickly ramp up to meet demand.

The clinic offers primary care through tele-health linkups with providers at the Fargo Clinic.

Veterans can also have basic procedures done in Devils Lake.

VA officials say they've received countless calls Tuesday from local veterans hoping to switch from far away clinics to Devils Lake.

The goal is to eventually see up to seven patients a day.

The clinic has been in the works for ten years.

VA officials say it's great to see enthusiasm for the clinic after all that time.

Amy Blakeway, Fargo VA said, "I'm very excited for it to be open. I've been with the VA for many years, and so the talk of having a Devils Lake Clinic has been around for quite some time."

The clinic is currently open on weekdays from eight to noon. If the demand is there, the clinic would consider expanding its hours.

The local veterans service officer for Ramsey says he's hoping to start a volunteer group to keep veterans company in the waiting room at the new clinic. 

Adam Ladwig

Adam Ladwig joined WDAZ as the Devils Lake bureau reporter in January, 2012. Prior to that he reported for KDUH-TV in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Adam has won multiple awards during his time at WDAZ, including an Eric Sevareid award and a Regional Emmy Award as part of team coverage during the search for Anthony Kuznia.  A Colorado native, Adam graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Journalism. He misses the Rocky Mountains, but the kind people of North Dakota more than make up for that. He is thrilled to be in the Lake Region, telling stories that matter. In his spare time, Adam is usually futilely attempting to get in shape, or cheering for his beloved Denver Broncos.