In honor of the 75th anniversary of the opening of Lake Region State College, the Devils Lake City Commission declared Sept. 22 “Lake Region State College Day.”

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the opening of Lake Region State College, the Devils Lake City Commission declared Sept. 22 “Lake Region State College Day.”

Several staff and students, including LRSC president Doug Darling, attended the meeting to witness the establishment of Lake Region State College Day.

Mayor Richard Johnson noted the importance the college has to the region after detailing the history of the college, which was approved by voters in 1941.

“Lake Region State College and its students are a huge part of the community, probably more than you realize,” Johnson told the students in attendance. “We want you to feel like a part of the community while you’re here.”

In other proceedings, the commission approved the 2017 budget. Last month the city held several budget meetings to hammer out the specifics, and there were no surprises in the budget, which is expected to decrease slightly from last year.

Forward Devils Lake requested a $50,000 loan on behalf of JKV Investments for the Bobcat building project on Hwy. 2, which reportedly will cost $2.5M total. No grant money is involved in the project, and the commission seemed enthusiastic about potential job creation.

“I think this is the perfect example of something Forward Devils Lake participates in,”  Commissioner Dale Robbins said.