As 2018 closes we take some time to reflect on the year that has passed.

As 2018 closes we take some time to reflect on the year that has passed. 

Here in Devils Lake and the larger Lake Region there have been a number of stories that we have reported on that we would like to take a look back at and recall the top stories for the region.

Shooting death: The region witnessed its first officer-involved shooting and death this year when Danny Fuller was fatally injured by Devils Lake Police Detective Brandon Potts in July.

Hog farm: The proposal to build a confined animal feeding operation by Grand Prairie Agriculture LLP approximately 10 miles west of Devils Lake drew controversy from both sides as hearings were held by the North Dakota Department of Health charged with permitting authority. A decision on this proposal is expected early in the new year.

Downtown DL: The plan to renovate the historic downtown area of Devils Lake hit a snag when the bid for construction was rejected by the NDDoT because it was too high. The plan spawned controversy on both sides, for and against, but looks like some version of it will be going forward with bids being let in time for construction to begin in 2019.

Voters say No: The voters of Devils Lake said “No” to a proposed activity center, the Lake Area Activity Recreation Center or LAARC, to an adjusted expansion (remodel) of the Devils Lake High School that would have included an auditorium and to a Home Rule Charter for Ramsey County.

West underpass: The west underpass leading into Devils Lake underwent a transformation that was approximately two years in the making. Remaining work to be done this spring should not disrupt traffic, but will be mainly contained within the railroad’s right-of-way adjacent to the new railway bridge and roadway on College Drive.

Local businesses: The city of Devils Lake lost its Big K, K-Mart store, but gained a Devils Lake Doughnut’s and Roma’s Italian Bistro. Numerous other local businesses saw improvements, new locations and renovations throughout the year. A boost for local businesses suffering from an inability to find and/or keep a trained workforce came from Forward Devils Lake and its new director, Brad Barth, in a popular proposal that would help students pay for education in exchange for a commitment to work for a given number of years for that employer called “20 X 20.”

Spirit Lake Nation: A 15-bed residential treatment center and a centralized Head Start facility are among the gains the Spirit Lake Nation saw in 2018.

Lake Region LEC: The Lake Region Law Enforcement Center continues to complete the improvements required by the North Dakota Department of Corrections, moving forward to a fully certified facility, hopefully, in 2019.

Fishing on DL: Fishing on Devils Lake continues to draw anglers from near and far. Ron Deutz and Mark Anderson won the Spirit Lake Marina Walleye Classic; Dave and Rendy Randash from Dilworth, MN won the Devils Lake Chamber Walleye Fishing Tourney and 22 year old Dylan Nussbaum drove 22 hours and 1,300 miles from Pennsylvania to win the Cabela’s National Walleye Tourney held on Devils Lake in 2018.

Residents accomplishments recognized: During 2018 a number of individuals and groups were recognized for their contributions to the community including the following: •Dan Johnson was honored for his 50 years at Lake Region State College and inducted into the foundation’s Hall of Fame. •Joining him this year in the Community College Foundation’s Hall of Fame was Annette Hofstad. •Youthful members of the Air Rifle Junior Olympic Championships, Jacob Vaagen, Hannah Vaagen, Brandon Alexander and Chris Morstad did well in state competition. •Educator, Richard Neukom, was honored for excellence in teaching. •Teresa Tande was voted Teacher of the Year from Lake Region State College and Kirsten Bachmeier won that title for Devils Lake Public Schools. •The Devils Lake Firebirds Clay Target team won state championship.

This list is not a complete list of all the significant stories covered by the Devils Lake Journal for the calendar year of 2018, but a sampling of them.

Perhaps our readers would like to add their own ideas that should be on this list. Send your suggestions to Louise at and thank you for reading and supporting your local newspaper!