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Owners plan to rebuild Laona supper club after fireSubmitted: 03/27/2017
LAONA - Workers will need to start from scratch to rebuild the Silver Lake Inn supper club in Laona.

Only rubble and a stubborn brick chimney remain there right now. Fire ripped through the building in late November. Now, those charred remains have been torn down.

Owner Karen Davis said they plan to rebuild. She said her goal is to have it open again by the end of the year.

Laona Fire Chief Dave Rosio said he has yet to receive a report from the state fire marshal, who investigated the cause of the fire.





Story By: Ben Meyer

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