Construction and Lawsuit Move ForwardSubmitted: 05/16/2013
Story By Lex Gray

MERRILL - Major road construction near Merrill moved forward this week, and so did a legal battle from a local business owner trying to stop it.

Construction at Highway 51 and County Road C began three days ago.

Raj Bhandari owns the Citgo gas station at the intersection.

He says business has already slowed down and will eventually stop.

The state DOT's plan to build an overpass would cut off access to Bhandari's gas station.

Bhandari filed a suit in federal court late last month.

He says Wisconsin planned to use federal funds until he protested.

Then the DOT switched to state funds, which it wasn't allowed to do.

On May 8, a judge denied the state's motion to dismiss the case.

A hearing is scheduled for May 31.

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The Merrill Police Department runs on the motto: "Serving Merrill With Pride." Tuesday, the people of Merrill returned the favor.

Every penny of the Friendship House Restaurant's proceeds from open to close went to the K-9 unit.

Eros, the German Shepherd, and his handler, Officer Matt Drabek, spent Tuesday afternoon at the restaurant along Highway 51 thanking customers and staff.

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High Point Village Resort sits right on Bass Lake in Ogema It overlooks Timm's Hill. The hill is Wisconsin's highest geographical point, with an elevation of 1951.5 feet.

"This time of year is the busiest," said High Point Village Resort owner Kathy Blomberg. "People are coming for the colors."

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The tribe built 12 new low-income homes.

It held a ribbon cutting ceremony today for the houses.

The new buildings will replace old apartments downtown.

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MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker says he wants to work with Republican senators to find a solution to funding for road projects in Wisconsin that has led to a delay in some work.

Walker spoke to Republican state senators in the Capitol on Tuesday.

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LINCOLN COUNTY - A cough can sometimes be a symptom of the common cold, but nurses say some types of coughs can be more dangerous. That's why local health experts want people to monitor their coughs.

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