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Published July 04, 2013, 03:44 PM

Devils Lake celebrates July 4th, founding father

Devils Lake came out in full force to celebrate the 4th of July today, as well as to honor one of the town's founding fathers.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

Devils Lake came out in full force to celebrate the 4th of July today, as well as to honor one of the town's founding fathers.

Today's parade featured celebrations of all kinds, from bands playing to children scooping up candy. There were also some special guests -- the family of Edward Heerman -- who began piloting the Minnie H. steamboat around Devils Lake 130 years ago. The boat provided transportation across the lake at a time before cars and helped the area thrive when it was first settled. Heerman's great grandson says it's an honor to come back to Devils Lake and take part in celebrating the city his family helped build.

Whitehouse: "It's a big day for us here. We were back last in 1983, when my mother came back to ride in the parade as the grand marshall."

The celebration wont end with the parade. Locals will be in for a treat as a fireworks display is scheduled at Ruger Park as soon as the sun sets tonight.

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