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Forum Communications, Published October 08 2012

Cold snap catches Devils Lake college without heat

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. - There’s been a chill in the air inside Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, with temperatures dipping to the low 60s the past few days.

The cold air should be just a temporary inconvenience, however, officials say. Alternative heating sources, such as space heaters, were being put in place throughout the campus, according to Erin Wood, director of marketing and communications.

The problem occurred because the campus is undergoing an energy improvement project that involves the installation of new boilers to heat buildings. But the project has not been completed, so the new boilers are not yet in operation.

“The cold weather hit us faster than we expected,” Wood said Monday. “It was pretty chilly here on Friday.”

Replacement heating sources were provided to residence halls Friday, Wood said, while other areas were scheduled to receive alternative heating this week.