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Gas station owner planning federal lawsuit to fight Hwy 51 overpassSubmitted: 04/29/2013
Story By Lane Kimble


MERRILL - Major construction on an overpass at the Highway C/North Star Drive and Highway 51 intersection north of Merrill should begin May 13th.

But the owners of the Citgo gas station there STILL don't plan on going down without a fight.

The overpass would cut off access to the gas station from Highway 51. That's a move Raj Bhandari says would kill his business.

Bhandari and his family protested the project by trying to walk from Merrill to Madison last summer.

They wanted to convince Governor Walker to cancel the multi-million project. That failed and plans for the project moved forward.

Bhandari told us Monday he's filing a federal lawsuit. He'll be in court in Madison this Friday to present the suit.

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RHINELANDER - The Hodag Country Musical Festival kicks off on Thursday.

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Those campers benefit businesses in the Northwoods both new and old.

Johnny Nickolaou, who opened his liquor store in Sugar Camp around Thanksgiving, understands the importance of tourism.

"Huge, you know you depend on locals year round and they are great, but if it weren't for them I could never afford to be open," said Nickalaou. "But it's really nice getting this push to hopefully get us through the winter months."

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