The extra water flowing into the Lake Region from last weekend's storm is putting a halt to what's already been a late planting season for area farmers. Mother Nature will force farmers to stay out of the fields for days, with fewer than ten percent of crops planted already.
The recent rain has dumped more than three of inches of water on the Lake Region. The extra water means the region will have to wait longer for the two Devils Lake outlets to turn on and bring much needed flood relief.
Petitioners trying to remove Spirit Lake tribal chairman Roger Yankton say they don't need as many signatures to validate their petition as originally thought. They're planning to take their case to the Spirit Lake election board when they turn the petition in.
The rise of Devils Lake has swallowed hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland, crushing the livelihoods of those affected. But some former farming families have switched gears, turning the lake from damaging to dollar signs.
For the first time this year, Lake Region Anglers are now able to enjoy public boat ramps.
The effects of the 20-year Devils Lake flood have been well documented. Much of it negative, but some changes have meant big business for the local economy.
The Creel Bay Golf Course in Devils Lake went through a redesign after the city embankment destroyed four holes in 2011. Golfers are only able to tee up on half of the course. But the new holes are expected to be ready this summer.
With high winds this week people of Ramsey County will have to deal with a burn ban. The Devils Lake Rural Fire Department says wind gusts reached 46 miles an hour today, making the first local burn ban in years necessary.
Farmers in Devils Lake say they're days away from the start of planting season. The late winter caused some concern that fields wouldn't be ready in time, but warmer weather has helped prepare the land for growing season.
Warm temperatures this week will help melt ice on Devils Lake removing one of the final obstacles before the the Devils Lake outlets can be turned on for the season. But officials say we're still likely weeks away from seeing water pumped off the lake.