STAFF BLOG TOP OF THE COUNTRY Beer Review #5
Remember how I said we were gearing up for a blizzard? That was Saturday, and since then we've had two different massive winter storms head our way...then disappear. It's a shame, because our next Bee... Posted on 2/29/12 at 8:26 PM
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.
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.
The owner of the Royal Lanes bowling alley in Devils Lake says it's up to the community to keep the town's only alley open. Owner Jim Mellon met with locals this week and said if business doesn't improve in a year he would likely shut the alley's doors for good.
The town of New Rockford is preparing to demolish a long-time local landmark that has become an environmental hazard. The city received a grant from the EPA to tear down the old New Rockford hospital that was condemned due to asbestos.
The Spirit Lake tribal council will soon welcome two new members amid continuing cries to oust tribal chairman Roger Yankton. Now supporters of a petition to remove Yankton say new tribal council members will make it easier to force Yankton into a recall election.
Lake Region Farmers are keeping an eye on the calendar as they wait for conditions too enough to start planting. Farmland in the region is still too wet and cold for crops and any more delays could start having a drastic effect.
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