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Published August 23, 2013, 12:24 PM

Professional bowler comes to aid of Devils Lake alley

The owner of the Royal Lanes bowling alley in Devils Lake gave local bowlers an ultimatum -- drum up more business within a year or the alley will close.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The owner of the Royal Lanes bowling alley in Devils Lake gave local bowlers an ultimatum -- drum up more business within a year or the alley will close.

Now a professional bowler has taken up the cause, and is helping to re-introduce bowling to the community. 430 bowlers joined Devils Lake bowling leagues in 2006. That number is down to just 88 bowlers this year. Bob Markiewicz, a bowler with the Senior Professional Bowlers Association tour, is working with the alley to bring more bowlers in. A dollar-a-game promotion brought 120 people last week -- their biggest night in years. There are also discussions to add everything from volleyball pits to a restaurant to the alley.

"There's so many things to do here already. We wanna make this a family fun center, not just a bowling center," said Markeiqicz. "We have some nice darts in here, we wanna have some dart leagues. We wanna have some pool leagues in here."

The alley is having another dollar game night tonight to revive interest in the alley. There will also be open houses next Monday and Wednesday with free bowling, food and drinks.

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