A new meat shop has opened in Devils Lake, one that aims to be a one-stop shop for campers and local residents.
Lakeland Meats opened in April off of Highway 2 East, shortly before entering the city proper. The business carries a variety of cuts of certified Angus beef, fresh and frozen pork and chicken, sausage made on site, seafood and various cheeses. Some of the beef comes out of Minnesota, but most is sourced locally. Neal Ackerman, who co-owns the business with Neal Martin, wants to raise the bar in Devils Lake, when it comes to selling meat.
“You buy good beef and boy I tell you what, there's a lot of difference between a good quality cut and a poor cut, that's for darn sure,” Ackerman said.
Lakeland Meats will also carry a variety of other goods needed for cooking out, including buns and coleslaw, macaroni salads and daily items like eggs and milk. An off-sale beer and liquor license allows campers and others to stock up on beverages, and shopping can be done through a drive-up window.
Devils Lake will also soon have another landmark, in the form of an Angus cow. Ackerman also owns Ackerman Acres Resort, also to the east of the city, and a half mile or so east of the meat shop. The resort is recognizable because of a large Walleye statue, signaling visitors their destination is near. The big cow -- it’s 9 feet long -- will do the same for Lakeland Meats.
“Just like at the resort where you got a fish to turn at, you kind of get known as ‘turn at the cow,’” Ackerman said.
Kevin Zinke, manager of Lakeland Meats, said putting the cow in place will make the store “pop” from the highway. The owners have not yet started advertising, and a website is on the way, but Zinke said business has steadily been picking up over the last month.
Ackerman said they will continue to add products to the shop, like jerky and beef sticks, and customers can inform staff of any other items they would like to see carried there.