Brad Barth has driven through Devils Lake numerous times on his way to visit family or participate in fishing tournaments, but little did he know that one day he would end up moving to town to head up the city’s economic development office, Forward Devils Lake.

Brad Barth has driven through Devils Lake numerous times on his way to visit family or participate in fishing tournaments, but little did he know that one day he would end up moving to town to head up the city’s economic development office, Forward Devils Lake.

Barth, who grew up in Barnesville, Minn., is a graduate of the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton and Moorhead State University. In 1980 he married Diane Dawley from Munich, ND, whom he met while in college. They raised three children, now all grown up; Tara, Tyler and Trevor. Their first grandchild is expected in October.

The Barths expanded their horizons and moved to Florida for 10 years but moved back to the midwest to raise their family, spending another 12 years in the Minneapolis area.

Now they’ve moved closer to Diane’s hometown to be closer to her mom and Brad’s favorite walleye fishing lake.

Brad says he is excited about this job in Devils Lake and says he has “hit the ground running.” He says it’s almost as if all the experiences he’s had throughout his life have brought him to this place and time and have prepared him to help the Devils Lake community to indeed move forward. He’s been doing similar work for a number of years, most recently for the North Dakota State College of Science Alumni/Foundation as its Executive Director.

Brad encourages anyone in the community who might know of someone who is interested in moving back to the Devils Lake area to start a business to give him a call at the Forward Devils Lake offices 662-4933.