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Published July 15, 2011, 11:02 AM

Minnewaukan Losing More Due to Rising Devils Lake

The city of Minnewaukan continues to battle flooded Devils Lake. But the town is losing land, people and now a business in that battle.

The city of Minnewaukan continues to battle flooded Devils Lake. But the town is losing land, people and now a business in that battle.

Because the town is losing people to Devils Lake, now business owners can't afford to stay open. The only grocery store and only gas pump in town are closed.

That means people have to drive 20 miles for everyday items and fuel.

Many people are still trying to understand why their only option for grocery shopping is closed.

It's also hurting the potential for people who may want to move to the area.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census report, the population in Minnewauken dropped by nearly 25 percent over the last decade.

People at city hall say residents are leaving the dike-surrounded town to escape flooding.

And even though the grocery doors are closed for now, the building's owner, Roger Odden, says there still may be hope.

"We have a potential buyer. He needs to let us know by the first of August," Odden said.

And residents are keeping their fingers crossed that it will happen.

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