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MERRILL NEWSLETTER

November 2018

CITY HALL PHONE # 712-938-2514 CITY HALL HOURS 8 AM –Noon

CITY LANDFILL IS OPEN, PLEASE PUT THINGS IN DESIGNATED AREA

COUNCIL NEWS

Barb Johnson gave a report on the Farmers Market and requested Council to change policy next year to not require vendors to furnish insurance.

Fire Department purchased 2009 pickup as replacement.

Motion made and approved to offer $250 per quarter for meter reading.

Rental of lower campground for winter storage for campers was discussed and approved. Rate will be $25 per month. Attorney will prepare agreement.

Library Lego Club is being well attended.

Economic Development meets 1st Wed of each month.

Attorney suggested Mayor should appoint committee to study needs and requests for ag land property and report back to Council.

Council ratified previous vote to waive rental fees for Rock 4 Vet event.

Council approved motion to vacate alley off 3rd Street between Main & Douglas and transfer to adjacent owners. Attorney was directed to proceed with this.

Legion liquor license renewal was approved.

Bills were approved.

September Receipts: $102,219.93, Disb. $86,740.57.

Credit and debit cards are now being accepted for payments at City Hall


There is a “rescue” food bank in Merrill sponsored by the churches of Merrill. Persons or families in need should call 712-938-2548 to

schedule assistance. All persons will be helped if possible.


Visit Merrillia.info for Merrill news. Calendars are also available there

Coffee in the Legion room for veterans, 3rd Tuesday each month at 10 am.

POULTRY PARTY

NOVEMBER 2

At the Kissinger Center


ROCK 4 VETS”

November 3 at the Kissinger Center

HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR THE MIDWEST HONOR FLIGHT. Dance to the music of The Jammers - enjoy some food and join in the raffle drawings.

Both sponsored by the American Legion


COMING EVENTS

Nov 2- Legion Poultry Party

Nov 3 – Legion “Rock 4 Vets”

Nov 6 – General election 7am-9pm

Nov 7 – Economic Development Committee

Nov 19- Council meets 7 pm

Nov 19 – Blood Bank at Kissinger Ctr.


RECYCLING – 2 & 4TH THURSDAY

GARBAGE PICK-UP -EVERY THURSDAY


SPOTLIGHT

The Wankum Inn- Gone but not forgotten”

For nearly a quarter century the Wankum Inn was a staple of the Merrill restaurant scene. Opened in the spring of 1975 by Jeanette Wankum Spies, she had managed Michalosky’s Steak House for a number of years. This was her opportunity to become a small business owner, in the mid 70’s when most restaurants were owned and run by men. During the 24 years of operation the business thrived, located on Hwy 75, the current location of Lampe Auto Sales.

The menu was a mix of steak, chicken & seafood. Prime rib special on Saturday night & a shrimp special on Friday nights brought clients in from all over the region. Jeanette estimates that over 100 young people worked at the restaurant over the years, including her 4 sons, Mike, Pat, Matt & Mark.

Food service continues in the Wankum family. One of Mike Wankum’s daughters is now pastry chef with world renown chef Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery in Boston.

The business started as a bar that served food, but eventually became a full service restaurant including catering which Jeanette continued for many years after the Wankum Inn closed. In 1987 the restaurant expanded & built a private function room in the rear of the original establishment. This room was used as a meeting place for many local civic organizations, as well as family gatherings and celebrations.

The Wankum Inn also featured local musical groups over the years including The Gentle Persuasion, Gary Johnson, Marilyn Kuehn and several barbershop quartets.

The Wankum Inn closed on May 29, 1999. “It was a wonderful experience, we met so many terrific people, may who became friends for life. Our staff was second to none & more like family. We had the best customers anyone could ever ask for.”

Thank you, Mike Wankum, for sharing this.


 



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