RV Park Sparks Tornado-Wracked Town's Recovery
A $650,000 project that encompasses a new hotel, laundry facility, and RV park is just one of many on the to-do list to revamp and boost the small town of Northwood in northeast North Dakota.
The town’s many projects are a result of a tornado in August 2007 that damaged or destroyed 80% or more of residential homes, and hit Main Street hard.
Officials this week cut the ribbon for the new hotel, laundry and RV park, located at 512 N. Raymond, just off Hwy. 15. The project was funded through private investment and a government loan.
David Korsmo, president of Valley Investors Group Inc., and part of Northwood’s Economic Development Corp., told Woodall's Campground Management the project is a tremendous success.
The RV park contains six full-service spots with electrical, water and sewer hook-ups. Two additional spots are for parking. The 10-room hotel contains a meeting room and laundromat, and offers continental breakfast, Internet, phone, and cable. Rooms are handicap-accessible.
The land the new facility sits on used to be a trailer park that was completely wiped out in the wake of the storm.
“We purchased the land from the Economic Development Corporation and started construction on the project in November,” Korsmo said. “We opened May 1 and held a ribbon cutting ceremony this past Wednesday.”
“For a small town it is very nice,” added Korsmo. “We have been getting rave reviews.”
Korsmo said all six full service RV spots are rented through the summer.
Northwood, a town of about 1,000, will celebrate its 125th anniversary this year. Korsmo said overall the town’s facelift has improved its image. Other projects will deal with Northwood’s infrastructure and incubating new businesses.
The 2007 tornado ripped through the community of 1,000 people, killed one man and injured 18, and damaged or destroyed numerous buildings. Other projects since then include a $13 million school.