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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Belford honored in Bismarck

  • One of Devils Lake’s longest standing civil servants was honored in Bismarck last Friday night for his years of service to water issues in the state of North Dakota.
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  • One of Devils Lake’s longest standing civil servants was honored in Bismarck last Friday night for his years of service to water issues in the state of North Dakota.
    Joe Belford, a Devils Lake native who served on the City Commission for 24 years before his retirement last November, has been a representative at large on the Red River Basin Commission for a number of years as well, a group that he helped establish, one that brings together officials from North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba, Canada to deal with water issues and problems.
    Devils Lake mayor Richard Johnson, who served with Belford on the Commission for many years, believes Joe deserves the praise he has recievied, because according to Johnson, Belford has been quite influential in how water issues are addressed, not only in Devils Lake, but in all of North Dakota, as well.
    “A lot of people said we’d never move water from the east side of Devils Lake, and we’re doing that now thanks to the efforts of a lot of people, and Joe was certainly instrumental in that.”
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