Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Merrill businessman bringing new truck stop to TomahawkSubmitted: 10/17/2013
Story By Kalia Baker


MERRILL - Losing a business can be tough.

But turning that loss into a new business that benefits an entire city makes up for it.

Merrill business owner Raj Bhandari knew that a new overpass would take customers away from his gas station.

And that's exactly what happened.

Raj filed a federal lawsuit because he feels the new overpass was illegal.

"It was a federally funded project and they didn't follow federal rules," says Bhandari.

So, Raj bought a 38-acre property along Highway 51 and A in Tomahawk. He wants to put a truck stop there.

The truck stop would bring a lot of business to the area.

"Diesel for truckers, showers for truckers. Some retail stores. And convenience items because there's some housing there also," says Bhandari.

That means he'll be able to hire more people. And hopefully help bring more people into Tomahawk.

Mike Tolvstad is the Tomahawk public works director. He says the city is excited about the truck stop.

"Anytime that you can bring business that could potentially bring other commercial and residential development, it's exciting." says Tolvstad. "It's always important for the city."

The zoning for the truck stop has already started. Raj hopes he'll be open by spring.





Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

MADISON - Wisconsin officials are working to determine how to improve the statewide emergency communications network and who will pay for it.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports the Wisconsin Interoperable System for Communications allows public safety agencies to communicate with one another across the state, and sometimes coverage can be spotty. The state hired a consultant last year to examine networks in surrounding states and provide recommendations for maintaining Wisconsin's system.

+ Read More

EAU CLAIRE - Some Wisconsin students are still learning cursive, even though it's not required in the Common Core education standards.

The Leader-Telegram reports that elementary students in the Eau Claire school district, the Chippewa Falls school district, Altoona schools and Regis Catholic Schools all learn cursive.

+ Read More

Play Video

MINOQUA - Students often create projects for class, but it isn't every day that students create projects for regional competitions. Many Northwoods students gathered in Minocqua to compete in a history day competition.

"This year's theme is called taking a stand in history," said Lakeland Union High School's Department Chair of Social Studies Mike Mestelle.

+ Read More

Play Video

ROTHSCHILD - The Latest on a shooting in northern Wisconsin that left a police officer and three others dead (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

The police detective killed in a string of shootings that left three others dead and the suspect injured is being remembered as a friend who would help another in a heartbeat.

Forty-year-old Jason Weiland was a detective for the Everest Metro Police Department. He died Wednesday when he was shot in the line of duty.

+ Read More

WAUSAU AREA - Organizations in the greater Wausau area set up funds remembering and honoring the victims of Wednesday's shootings.

A Marathon Savings Bank fund will support the families of the two bank employees shot. Dianne Look had worked at Marathon Savings Bank for almost 19 years, and Karen Barclay had been there for more than six years.

+ Read More

Play Video

MARATHON COUNTY - The suspect in a Wisconsin shooting spree that left four people dead has been identified, and court records show one of the victims was his wife's divorce lawyer.

A person close to the investigation identified the suspect Friday as 45-year old Nengmy Vang. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak ahead of authorities officially identifying Vang.

+ Read More

Play Video

WAUSAU -
Kristopher Torgerson sat quietly and didn't show any emotions Friday night as a jury convicted him of 1st-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse.

However, many other people burst into tears as the verdict was read.

The jury came back with its decision around 6:30 p.m. after more than five hours of deliberation.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here