Possible reconstruction on highway 51 affects business ownerSubmitted: 02/28/2014
Story By Shardaa Gray

Possible reconstruction on highway 51 affects business owner
ARBOR VITAE/ WOODRUFF - People got to a better understanding this week about a possible reconstruction to Highway 51 in Arbor Vitae and Woodruff.

But not everyone likes some of the changes.

The Wisconsin DOT had a public meeting Tuesday for community members about construction on Highway 51.

They're planning on fixing the pavement, curb, gutter and sewer drainage system.

They're also thinking about adding a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 51 and 70 east in Arbor Vitae.

That's by The Store gas station.

It's also by Ella's Restaurant.

The owner says the DOT wants to cut off his current entrance and relocate it off of Highway 70.

He says that would put him out of business.

"Bettering out streets, great they need to be done. Sidewalks, great need to be done. Eliminating access to businesses, no. That does not need to be done," said Ella's Restaurant owner/head chef, Steven Wheeler.

"You need to work it into the plan. However it happens, we need to work it into the plan because we don't want us to go under. I'm sorry we're just a smooth small businesses from top to bottom. But we're building the middle class of America and that's all it comes down to."

The DOT will have another public involvement meeting this summer.

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ARBOR VITAE - An Arbor Vitae restaurant may be relatively new to the area, but regulars quickly started packing the place every Friday for fish fry.

Ron and Marlena Schisel opened Outback 51 about a year ago.

They say it was tough being the "newbies" at first, but their fish fry got people in the door from the start.

Bluegill is the favorite plate at this fish fry.

" Surprisingly we sell more bluegill more than any other fish. It is a Northwood's native fish, people want to see if it takes the fish that they have when they clean fish," says Ron.

Outback 51 serves fish fry Fridays starting at 11 a.m.

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Next Friday, all of Wisconsin will be under an EAB quarantine. That means ash wood can now move freely around the state.

In the current system, individual counties are quarantined only if the tree pest was found there. The state restricted the movement of ash wood between infected counties and those free from EAB, trying to keep more areas "clean."

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You'll have to wait until mid-May to plant flowers, but you can get away with some vegetable seeds.

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Last Thursday, the board suspended superintendent Dr. Doug Kryder while he's under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

The group, Citizens United for Education, supported that move, but its concerns extend beyond Kryder. It says the board is unwilling to listen to its concerns.

Community member Jeff Albrecht plans to run in the recall election. Last Monday, he spoke before Kryder, the board, and about 200 people at a school board meeting.

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CRANDON - An inmate in the Forest County Jail committed suicide Wednesday morning. 

According to a press release from the Forest County Sheriff's Office, jail staff found the man shortly after 6:30 a.m.

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The "StitchIt" custom embroidery store owner worked on sewing old plastic feed bags from a friend's horse barn, which don't biodegrade.  Gaffron and her friend talked about ways to make better use of the trash and came up with an idea to help the homeless.

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"Normally, I make 30 to 40 gallons," said Jack.

This year, things are looking good for Jack and his syrup.

"This is going to be a good year," said Jack.

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