Don't worry, the longtime community staple at 10407 Highway K hasn't gone out to pasture for good. Rick Kastenson, a town of Norway resident, bought the place last week and hopes to reopen it early next month. He's got a lot of work planned.
"Everybody's pushing to get this thing back to what it was," he said.
He means before June 2008. State records show that's when inspectors told previous owner Great Business Venture Ltd. to correct problems with cooling equipment, cleanliness and record-keeping. A re-inspection showed little progress, and company vice president William Muchka agreed in February to give up the license to sell meat over the counter, said Donna Gilson, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Farmers could only bring in animals to be butchered for their own use.
Kastenson worked there under the original owner and still farms the late Hansen's land. He saw a need to revive the business so farmers don't have to go all the way to Lake Geneva.
"You almost have to line the hog up before it's born to get it butchered," he said.
Recently my family was driving through the Fond du Lac area, and we were surprised by the number of windmills. How many are there in Wisconsin, and how much energy do they produce? How much does one cost?
The serene-looking rows of turbines along Highway 41 are the first things that come to mind when I think of windmills. Except for those tasty store-bought almond windmill cookies.
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About 300 of the big utility wind turbines are spread throughout the state, according to Ed Blume, a spokesman for the renewable energy advocacy group RENEW Wisconsin. That includes 88 at the Blue Sky Green Field farm the reader saw.
Those puppies cost We Energies about $3 million each including construction, company spokesman Brian Manthey said. State turbine capacity totals about 660 megawatts, which Blume said is slightly more than that of a large power plant.
Less than 5 percent of Wisconsin's energy comes from renewable sources, Blume said. The law requires that to jump to 10 percent by 2015.
What was the deal with the fireworks display north of Lockwood Park on Wednesday night?
I wondered that, too, while watching the finale from our porch. Is it July already?
Pat Nora, general manager at Meadowbrook Country Club on North Green Bay Road, said a club member held the show for a private party.
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