All News in March, 2012

Caution on Roadway

Caution is advised on Hwy 57/20 due to rough roads and soft shoulders. Please use extreme caution while driving.

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Devils Lake Chamber Tournament Guarantees $5,000 Top Prize and Fun

          Just like the lake, the Devils Lake Chamber Walleye Tournament continues to grow.  It grows in popularity every year.  It grows in teams, payouts, walleyes caught and fun.  First prize money, $5,000, is guaranteed.  All funds raised go into the payout and conservation projects around the lake.

             “This tournament has created a special bond among the anglers and the lake,” said Rich Brueckner, Chamber executive director and part of the 1995 winning team, “After so many years, the teams look forward to the third weekend in June for some friendly competition.”  Dates this year are Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23.

             As Devils Lake has grown from less than 40,000 acres during the inaugural 1977 Chamber tournament to upwards of 250,000 acres today, contestants will fish from the west boundary at the Highway 19 bridges to the Highway 57 and 20 bridges (east boundary).  Launch and weigh-in is at Graham’s Island State Park. 

           Tournament rules require all boats to be cleaned, officially inspected and an aquatic nuisance species sticker displayed prior to launching the first day on the water during tournament week.  You can find the tournament inspection at Ed’s Bait Shop, located on Highway 20. This is a no-cull tournament, with a maximum of six walleyes in the boat; five will be weighed. 

             Tournament director and emcee Johnnie Candle said, “I doubt if the 96 pound, 11 ounce winning weight caught back in 1984 will be broken, but anglers will catch lots of walleyes this season – the lake is loaded.”  He feels the 10.81 pound record walleye landed in 1989 is in jeopardy, however.  

             Two teams have won back-to-back, including Lee Murdock and Rod Medalen from Grand Forks, ND, in 1982 and 1983; and Larry Zimmerman, Napoleon, ND and Dennis Andruski, Grand Forks, in 2005 and 2006.  Last year’s winners, Dave Harmon from Omaha, NE, and Scott Busteed, Windsor, CO fished Devils Lake for only their second time.  Harmon said, “We trolled in 3 to 4 feet of water every morning for most of our fish, then went deeper after 10 a.m.  It will be tough to duplicate, but this is a great place to fish.”

             The Chamber tournament is much more than a long-running community event.  It highlights the lake’s bounty with special cash awards for the largest walleye, northern pike, white bass and perch daily.  Those entering by March 31 will be entered into a drawing, and five teams will have their entries paid, compliments of local businesses. 

           For information on the Devils Lake Chamber tournament, lake conditions, ramps (all launch ramps on Devils Lake will be open this season), activities, guides, lodging and restaurants, check www.devilslakend.com, or call 701-662-4903.

Devils Run Housing at LRSC OPEN

http://www.lrsc.edu/campus/default.asp?ID=933

Room Charges will be $50 per night for single or double occupancy, $55 per night for triple occupancy and $60 per night for quad occupancy.   We do not allow over 4 people per room.  There is a cancellation fee of $10 to cover processing costs.

These are College Residence Halls so they will not have all the amenities of a hotel room.  The following is a list of what is available in these rooms and the hall:

  • 2 Twin Beds per room with 2 desks and 2 closets (NO AIR CONDITIONING) you may want to bring a fan.
  • Linen, pillows, towels are provided with the room.
  • Community Baths with doors/curtains on shower stalls.  Men will have access to one Bathroom and Women the other Bathroom.
  • Health and Fitness workout room in the front of the hall just off the Lounge and Kitchenette
  • Local Telephone access is available, Televisions are located in the main lounges.  A Kitchenette is available with microwave and pizza cooker.
  • No Alcohol is allowed on the Premises by North Dakota State Law.  Violators are evicted.  We are Tobacco Free buildings and Grounds!

Friends of Sullys Hill Membership!

The Friends of Sullys Hill held their yearly strategic planning sessions in February. The group will focus this year on providing visitors within our community and beyond with more information about what is happening at Sullys Hill. The Friends of Sullys Hill membership is free of charge and includes a regular email newsletter. Within the last month, the Friends of Sullys Hill have signed up members that span the nation; from Oregon to New York City!

The Friends of Sullys Hill will form committees to allow interested members to play a more active role in helping to guide and shape the organization. These include marketing, outreach and event planning. Suzie Kenner, the president of the Friends group stated, “opening up our membership will draw in a wide variety of members, help them to become active with access to our newsletter, invitations to members-only events and programs at Sullys Hill. Our hope as a group is to engage our community and beyond to take advantage of what this great piece of land has to offer and find joy in nature.”

The strategic planning session also focused on creating short and long-term goals for the organization and Sullys Hill.  In the brainstorming session, ideas included everything from increasing visitor information, improving the nature trail, and installing cameras to allow viewers to observe animals in real time from their computer, to doing a huge project that will give visitors the ‘WOW’ experience.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife recently completed construction on an amphitheater and will host a variety of events throughout the summer at Sullys Hill. Kenner added, “the addition of the amphitheater will improve the visitor experience to make Sullys Hill fun and exciting for the whole family. Entertainment and educational opportunities are just a small part of what goes on at Sullys Hill. On days or evenings when the amphitheater isn’t being used, families can still come out and enjoy the nature trails, the visitor center, the bird garden, prairie dog town and so much more.”

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Friends of Sullys Hill to get information on events or want to participate in one of the committees being formed, please contact sullyshill@gmail.com or 701-766-4272 with your full name, telephone number and email address.

Be sure to come out on Saturday, March 10 from noon to 4:00 PM for the next ‘Videos at the Visitor Center’ event. Dirt! The Movie will be shown at 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM. This 80 minute, award-winning film highlights the importance of soil in our daily lives. The Friends will provide free popcorn and lemonade throughout the afternoon. Crafts will be available for the younger audience.

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