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Published August 22, 2012, 07:07 PM

Devils Lake Historic Building Gets Facelift

A historic building in Devils Lake is getting a facelift this week thanks to people in the community and the state historical society.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

A historic building in Devils Lake is getting a facelift this week thanks to people in the community and the state historical society.

The Lake Region Heritage Center is housed in the old post office building. It's a 102-year-old structure on the national register of historic places. The building has aged gracefully but a little work now and then always helps.

Suspended 30 feet in the air painter Mike Wentz says he has the best view in Devils Lake.

Mike: "The view is actually pretty fantastic sometimes. You get a view of the town that nobody else gets."

But he's not up there to sight-see.

Mike: "I'm just doing some repairs to the windows and I'm gonna be painting all of them."

The Lake Region Heritage Center is housed in the old post office which was built in 1910. No building can survive that long without the elements taking their toll.

Gary Walkley, Lake Region Heritage Center: “They're pretty shoddy because they haven't been painted probably in at least 20 years.”

Mike: “There's a few of them that I've found that are in pretty bad shape. They need extensive work done to them to make them last a few more years.”

The repairs ensure the building stays beautiful and stays strong well into its second century.

Gary: “It's a national site. It needs to be kept up. I mean it's a beautiful building, and to let it fall apart would be ridiculous.”

The project costs about 17 thousand dollars. The heritage center was able to afford it thanks to local donations and a matching grant from the North Dakota State Historical Society.

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