All News in May, 2011

Lake Region CityWatch now uses cell phones

Lake Region CityWatch serves the following Counties: Benson, Eddy, Nelson, Ramsey, Rolette, & Towner

This page is primarily for those people that do not have a land line phone. In order to use this website it is required that you enter a cell phone number. After you register your cell phone number you can also register for SMS/Text, and e-mail address with the Lake Region CityWatch notification system. The Lake Region CityWatch notification system will allow local city and county officials to notify the citizens and businesses of impending dangerous situations.

The notification will be sent out using a recorded voice message to land line and cell phones and a written message to e-mail and SMS/text devices. The system is also designed to make multiple attempts to connect with lines that are not answered or ring busy. If the call is picked up by an answering machine the system can be set up to leave or not leave the message based on the nature of the call.

DISCLAIMER:Lake Region CityWatch notification system is effective and efficient, but you should not rely on it exclusively. This system supplements, rather than replaces, other communication methods used by emergency responders, both in person and through the use of other media. Television, radio and county/city websites will continue to broadcast important announcements as well. Lake Region communications are dependent upon external providers such as your wireless carrier or e-mail delivery service. The Lake Region Communications Center cannot guarantee that notifications will be received by the intended recipient. Service costs from your carrier are your responsibility.

Sign up your phone number to get notifications in case of an emergency.

May Edition of the Chamber Connection is here!

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Graham’s Island State Park Open for the Season

Graham’s Island State Park is open for the season. The bait shop and fish cleaning station will open on Saturday, May 7th.

For the 2011 season, Graham’s Island State Park will operate on a day-by-day basis because of the lake levels next to the road into the park. The park will be taking “same-day reservations” on the sites that were originally placed in the reservation system. The other sites will still be maintained as a first-come-first serve. You can make a same-day reservation by calling Graham’s Island State Park at 701-766-4015. You can call anytime from 7:00 am – 9:30 pm.

National Tourism Week

Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau will be celebration National Tourism week, which is May 7-15 this year. National Tourism Week is an important week to celebrate, and I think it is even more important to our community this year. Devils Lake has seen changes over the past few years with our lake situation and it has had many negative effects, but when it comes to tourism it is important to stay positive. People come to our regional from all over the world to experience our state, our lake, and our town. It is important to show them the best vacation possible.

 This year we are sponsoring a familiarization tour around the area. We will hop on a bus with Happy Trails Bus Lines and visit the museums downtown, Sullys Hill National Game Preserve and Fort Totten Historic Site. You need to ask yourself and your employees these important questions: Did you know that the Fort Totten Historic Site is opening this season with a new visitor center? Do you know how to tell a customer how to get to the Fort Totten Historic Site? Did you know that people travel from all over to spend up to a week in Devils Lake researching their family history at the Old Post Office Museum? Do you know how Sullys Hill got its name?

 The familiarization tour will answer these questions. It is important to give proper information to our guests to get them to the destinations they want to see and give them options of things to do in our area. The more they have available at the time of the questions, the better chance they have of spending more money in our area and possibly staying overnight.

 You can register yourself and your employees at

 The Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau is also sponsoring 25 individuals to attend “What Customers Really Want,” a half-day seminar put on by Forward Devils Lake and TrainND. The seminar will explore concepts and benefits of customer service by setting extraordinary standards for businesses, strategies to avoid burnout, how to say ‘no’ in a positive way and remain calm when the customer is upset, as well as other customer topics. To register online, go to

 You are also invited to attend an open house in the Visitor Center, located at 208 Highway 2 West (next to Wal-Mart), on Tuesday May 10th, from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. Stop by anytime throughout the day for coffee and snacks, check out what the Visitor Center has to offer, as well as our new interactive website, and to sign up for fantastic prize giveaways.

 Tourism is a vital component to Devils Lake – let’s celebrate it!

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