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Noon Whistle To Continue In Minocqua

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Love it or hate it, the noon whistle will continue to let people know it’s lunchtime in downtown Minocqua.

Sounding the noon whistle is primarily a means to affirm its readiness to sound the alarm in case of a potential tornado threat. But of late the clock mechanism that regulates its noon activation has been falling behind the job. So the Minocqua town board Wednesday approved spending $1,000 for parts and labor to get it back on schedule.

Action took place during the board’s special meeting, which was called to discuss in closed session strategy for cost sharing the repairs to the Dam Road bridge. The bridge and dam are owned by the Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company, which wants the town pick up a large portion of the cost because a town road crosses the structure.

Along with the noon whistle matter, the board approved the $850,000 contract with Pitlik & Wick, Inc. of Eagle River for reconstructing Bo-di-Lac Road this summer. The town had received a $289,000 grant toward the cost, with the remainder to be borrowed. The reconstruction involves 3.6 miles between Bo-Di-Lac Fire Station #2 and Squirrel Lake Road.

Also approved was a request from the Oneida County Fair Board to hold a carnival with rides Aug. 28-30 at the Minocqua Park Complex.

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