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Published May 10, 2013, 04:05 PM

Devils Lake bowling alley in jeopardy

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.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

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.

Local bowlers are rallying to improve the alley with the hopes of keeping it in Devils Lake. Owner Jim Mellon met with concerned bowlers at the alley this week. Becky Thomas with the Lake Region Women's Bowling Association says bowling league participation is down about 20 percent from a few years ago. The decline is much steeper for youth leagues. She's hopeful the proposed upgrades will help bring more bowlers in.

Becky: "Taking a few of the lanes out, maybe, and putting in a snack shack and bringing in more lockers and cleaning up the bathrooms and remodeling the bowling alley a little bit."

Mellon says he's also looking into selling the alley, even if business does increase. If that happens local bowlers say it'll be difficult to find enough money to buy the alley outright to ensure it stays open.

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