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Windmill Ice Cream Shoppe opens for the season


Story By Morgan Johnson
Local News Published 05/12/2021 4:43PM, Last Updated 05/12/2021 5:28PM
Tomahawk -  It's a warm summer day, and you're searching for something to satisfy that sweet tooth.

Which is exactly why the Burg family opened The Windmill Ice Cream Shoppe in Tomahawk nearly three decades ago.

"As we passed by, I said to my husband, 'someday we're going to own this,' and I just said it out of the clear blue sky," said Pat Burg, the current owner of the Windmill.

Burg has owned the Windmill since it opened in 1993. The Windmill has lasted through three generations of the Burg family.

"It's enjoyable, we've enjoyed it, our kids as they were growing up, they enjoy it," said Burg. "The grandkids enjoy it, grandma has an ice cream shop. That makes them feel happy."

Burg along with her children and grandchildren have been preparing for months. For opening day that is, when people often line up minutes before the doors even open.

Burg says it's not uncommon to see a long line of people wrap around County Highway L, to wait however long it takes to get their sweet treat.

And today was no exception.

"I've been coming up here since I was like six months old, so almost like 20, 19 years by now," said Haley Dalh, who visited the Windmill shortly after their 1pm opening. "So this is definitely a summer spot for me. Favorite ice cream shop in the whole world. We were super excited to come up here and get our ice cream."

Known for its wide range of flavors and large portion sizes, the Windmill sees more and more people every year.

"When we get busy, we get busy," said Burg. "Believe me."

So while people like Dahl are busy finishing their massive sweet treats, the Burg family will continue their family legacy from behind the counter.
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