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Longtime water leader for Walsh County dies

LANKIN, N.D.--A longtime Walsh County official known for his knowledge of water issues has died. Robert Shirek of Lankin, died unexpectedly in his sleep Sunday at his home, according to an obituary. He was 67. Born June 5, 1949, in Devils Lake, S...

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LANKIN, N.D.-A longtime Walsh County official known for his knowledge of water issues has died.

Robert Shirek of Lankin, died unexpectedly in his sleep Sunday at his home, according to an obituary. He was 67.

Born June 5, 1949, in Devils Lake, Shirek had lived in his Lankin home his whole life, according to the obituary. He was retired from farming but was active with the American Legion, was a charter member of the Rainbow Lodge Hunting Club and served on the Walsh County Water Commission since early 2000. He also was a Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board member and was the entity's current chair.

Shirek will be known for his "longevity and deep knowledge of water issues," said Jeff Frith, manager of the Devils Lake Water Board. Frith said Walsh County has had its share of flooding over the years, adding Shirek was one of the best when it came to helping the county's residents handle water issues.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church at 11951 County Road 19, Bechyne, N.D., about 60 miles northwest of Grand Forks.

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