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Minocqua Officials Learn Bridge Repair Costs

Jan 24, 2020
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MINOCQUA – The Town of Minocqua could be on the hook for nearly $400,000 to replace the bridge over a small dam on the Kawaguesaga Lake outlet, according to the cheapest option unveiled Thursday by representatives from Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company (WVIC).

The town board took no action on the conceptual replacement options at its special meeting, but clearly members were unhappy with the cost estimates.

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In the late 1990s, when Patrick Taylor moved back to his Merrill hometown, he bought a house on the water.

It was one of more than a hundred homes on a mill pond created by the old Ward paper mill dam.

“It was a great area for duck hunting,” Taylor said.

Other people on the water fished, swam, or canoed.

Then, Taylor learned the water was about to disappear.

“The day after we closed on the house, they announced the removal of the dam,” he said in an interview this week.