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Published June 04, 2013, 07:03 PM

Devils Lake enjoys most growth in 25 years

The city of Devils Lake is gearing up for a big summer, with at least five major development projects in the works. City leaders say Devils Lake hasn't seen growth like this in at least 25 years. Everything from restaurants to retail stores to manufacturing companies are in the process of bringing more options and jobs to Devils Lake.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The city of Devils Lake is gearing up for a big summer, with at least five major development projects in the works. City leaders say Devils Lake hasn't seen growth like this in at least 25 years. Everything from restaurants to retail stores to manufacturing companies are in the process of bringing more options and jobs to Devils Lake.

Construction work began on an Applebee's last week. It's expected to open some time this fall. Engineers from Wal-Mart are busy surveying a site on east Highway Two for a Supercenter. The city is also currently reviewing plans for a convention and wellness center for the same site. A new hotel is slated to be ready by the end of the year across the highway from the Wal-Mart site. Devils Lake Mayor Dick Johnson says the progress is speeding up because the city no longer faces a threat from a rising Devils Lake.

Johnson: "If we were at risk people wouldn't make big investments in the community. Now that we've got our flood protection system pretty much in place, and roads to and from the city are in good shape, I think that has to be a major factor in the overall scheme of things."

It's hard to tell exactly how many jobs will come to the city from all the development, but city leaders say it's easily in the hundreds. All of those new workers will need somewhere to live. Mayor Johnson says about 60 new housing units are also in the works for the city.

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