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Bridge opens over Turtle River


October 3, 2018

Larry Holcombe/Daily Globe

Government and business officials, and other members of the Mercer community gather to cut a ribbon to mark the completion of a rebuilt bridge over the Turtle River on Cramer Lake Road Tuesday morning. From left are Betty Meinholz, chamber ambassador, Loon's Nest Motel; Sue Schellgell, chamber ambassador, Schellgell Law Office; Jake Saarnio, town of Mercer road foreman; Mike Graige, Wisconsin Department of Transportation local program project manager; Toni Sendra, Mercer resident; Greg Bubolz, DAAR Engineering project engineer; Opal Roberts, Iron County supervisor; Bill Brundage, chamber ambassador, Mercer Lions Club; Maxine Truemper, chamber ambassador; Pam Davies, Mercer resident; state Rep. Beth Meyers D-Bayfield; Donna Seidel, Mercer landowner; Joyce Olson, Mercer resident; Barry Seidel, Mercer landowner; John Sendra, Mercer Town Chairman; Melissa Sarver, chamber ambassador, Associated Bank; Beth Wetzler, Mercer Chamber director; and Jama Johnson Boes, chamber ambassador, Associated Bank.


MERCER, Wis. - Mercer Town Chairman John Sendra was all smiles standing in the middle of a brand new bridge over the Turtle River on Cramer Lake Road Tuesday morning.

The bridge was a longtime coming with many hurdles put in front of its progress, but many people stepped up to help, he told a group of 17 government and business leaders, as well as other community members who joined for a ribbon cutting.

"It just shows you when a community works together, what can be done," he said.

The 125-foot, 40-ton bridge, at a cost of $427,000, replaced a...

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