Devils Lake, North Dakota

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Devils Lake is a city in Ramsey County, North Dakota in the United States. It is the county seat of Ramsey County.[3] The population was 7,222 at the 2000 census. It is named after the nearby body of water, Devils Lake. The first house in Devils Lake was built in 1882. It was surveyed in 1883 and named Creelsburg and later Creel City, after the surveyor, Heber M. Creel. In 1884 it was renamed Devils Lake.[4]

The local paper is the Devils Lake Journal. Devils Lake Municipal Airport serves the city. Devils Lake is home to Lake Region State College and the North Dakota School for the Deaf.



The present site of Devils Lake was originally Sioux land and the original inhabitants were relocated to the Spirit Lake Reservation. The name "Devils Lake" is a calque of the Sioux phrase mni wak’áŋ (literally: spiritual water),[5] which is also reflected in the names of the Spirit Lake Tribe and the nearby town of Minnewaukan.

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