Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • 2005 DLHS grads hope to launch business in Lake Region

  • Danny Vandevoort and Alex Santos have launced a landscaping business in Devils Lake.

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  • Danny Vandevoort and Alex Santos have launced a landscaping business in Devils Lake.
    The 2005 graduates of Devils Lake High School have formed “Landscape Specialists” and are now trying to make a go of it in Devils Lake.
    Santos started last summer with private jobs for friends and family members, and Vandevoort has been working the last 4-5 years for Landscaping Unlimited.
    After graduating from the University of Minnesota last May, Vandevoort says a decision was made.
    “We decided to do our own thing,” he says.
    Since then, the two young men have been in San Diego, where Santos has family, and in Houston.
    “What we want to do is provide a service nobody else has,” adds Vandevoort.
    Santos says they’re looking for unique designs that nobody else has. Artistic designs with a all-natural look.
    Both men have long been interested in landscaping, and Santos says last year he designed a 6-foot waterfall, a 6x6 pond and had a 30-foot landscaping project.
    Both of them are enthused and eager to launch their new business.
    “I just live to wake up the next day and get started,” adds Santos. “I? feel like nothing can stop me.”
    “I?was at a job I was not happy at and I just want to do my own thing - be artistic.”
    Vandevoort and Santos have been friends a long time. They both arrived in Devils Lake in 1996 and graduated six years ago. Santos is a recent graduate of Lake Region State College.
    This past winter they were in Houston and San Diego, honing their landscaping skills in anticipation of launching their own business.
    The plan right now is to work in the north (Devils Lake) in the summer and head back south in the winter.
    “Maybe we can get some repeat business in during the winter up here,” adds Santos.
    “We were all pumped up to work last week when we got some nicer, warmer days, but then Friday we got the snow. What a bummer that was, but we’ll bounce back.”
    They say they’re trying to provide a service no one else has. They want to do their own thing, try new things, new angles and a little variety.

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