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Published March 26, 2013, 04:03 PM

Devils Lake aims to tap into oil benefits

Leaders in Devils Lake are working to patch into the economic benefits of the western North Dakota oil fields.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

Leaders in Devils Lake are working to patch into the economic benefits of the western North Dakota oil fields.

There isn't much oil patch business coming to Devils Lake yet, but that could change soon. The group Forward Devils Lake bought a 131 acre business park just west of town in January. Director Chris Schilken says companies working in the oil patch are already calling him about availability. The oil patch is drawing people to Devils Lake and local hotels say business people stay in town because there aren't any available rooms closer to oil fields. Schilken says the town's location on Highway 2 makes it ideal for companies to still have access to the oil patch.

Schilken: "Our new industrial park has rail service capabilities. We've been, since that stuff is getting out we've been getting a lot of calls from oil and gas related companies."

Schilken says he hopes to lure companies to town by promoting the new industrial park at trade shows. He says the oil patch business won't start rolling in immediately, adding that bringing new businesses to town takes some time.

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