EAGLE RIVER - A Northwoods potato seed farm recently shared a big announcement.
Felix Zeloski Farms operates 1900 acres in Eagle River.
Zeloski Farms in Eagle River will now run under new ownership.
"It's been a real opportunity for all of us who are employed to do something that's important to the industry and we love it. We enjoy working every day here," said Ron Krueger.
The change took place July 17.
Zeloski Farms was sold to Eagle River Seed Farm LLC.
It's jointly owned and operated by RPE Inc. and CSS Farms.
The new title doesn't mean too many changes.
Krueger and his team of workers will continue to operate all of Zeloski Farms.
"I guess this is the culmination of that, Wysocki Family Farms and CSS Farms decided to come together and purchase this operation and keep it running exactly the way it has been running and allow us to keep doing our jobs," said Krueger.
Leaders at the farm say they won't have any cutbacks.
"It's a win-win for everyone. Now we have a future that we can look at and say, we're going to be here for a long time," said Krueger.
Zeloski Farms sells most of its potato seed to fresh potato growers, chip growers and processors.
MERRILL - For 32 years Battalion Chief Mike Drury walked into the Merrill Fire Department ready to save lives. Friday he walked out of the department for the last time to start the new phase of his life. "It goes fast it goes really fast," said Drury. Drury was about 18 -years -old when he walked into the Merrill Fire Department for the first time. "When you're 18, 19,20 years old and you're looking at 50 something years old you think you're never going to get there," said Drury.
Drury is one of 184 firefighters to ever work full time with the city of Merrill. "As a firefighter they spend a lot of time at the fire house so they miss a lot of things," said Drury's daughter Cassi. After 32 years of missing birthdays, holidays and family time Drury was ready for a change. "I realized I had enough this is a young man's job," said Drury. Friday afternoon Drury said goodbye to a room of men who merged and became family. "Not having that is a little scary I know they'll always be our family but it's hard to leave," said Cassi. Cassi watched her dad rush off to help his community since the day she was born. "It's scary because you hear about the times things don't go right or the times fire fighters don't come home," said Cassi.
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