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Published September 17, 2013, 03:57 PM

Repairs incomplete but well under way following lake region storms

A lot of the damage done by last month's wind storm in the Lake Region has been fixed, but despite the valiant efforts of the community, it will still be a while before repairs will be complete.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

A lot of the damage done by last month's wind storm in the Lake Region has been fixed, but despite the valiant efforts of the community, it will still be a while before repairs will be complete.

An entire grandstand crashed through the fence surrounding Devils Lake Speedway leaving only a pile of rubble remaining. Volunteers helped repair the fence for races only two days later, but the 600 seat grandstand still won't be fixed until this fall. Speedway owner Nolan Olmstead says he wouldn't have been able to get back to racing so quickly without the help of volunteers. In tiny Brocket, North Dakota, where broken trees blocked city streets and cut power lines, the trees were cleared up and power was restored the day of the storm thanks to some farmers who brought in machinery to help. The only structure destroyed was the town's brand new playground. Residents rebuilt it, but they say it isn't safe for kids. In spite of all this, life is mostly back to normal at the speedway and in Brocket, and locals are working to determine if insurance can cover the cost of a new playground.

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