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Local couple turns other people's throw-a-ways into beautiful artSubmitted: 09/25/2017
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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ebeu@wjfw.com

Local couple turns other people's throw-a-ways into beautiful art
MINOCQUA - Typically, most people avoid spending time in junk yards but one Minocqua couple finds beauty in turning old antiques into art.

Since 2012, the retirees opened up the Rusty Truck, a business that turns aged, rusted pieces into rustic furniture and art.

Owner Mike Gang says after he retired from being a firefighter, he wasn't going to let his hidden talent go to waste.

"I love seeing things and seeing what they could be. [Taking] old things and turning them into something that's useful and practical," said Mike.

Mike's wife Ruth Ann says she is more than happy to bring old memories to life with their creations.

However, even though at first she didn't like spending time in a junk yard, she's learned to love it.

"A picker is someone who has the ability to go in a junk yard and see the beauty in forgotten pieces," explained Ruth Ann.

The Rusty Truck plans to open a retail shop in Minocqua by December.

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