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Ellsworth area builder brings Martell store site back to life

TOWN OF MARTELL--Dan Knutson can foresee a day when the former Thompson General Store in the heart of Martell serves a commercial business again.

Or perhaps the historic building could become a bed-and-breakfast, catering to the fishing enthusiasts who enjoy the nearby Rush River. Or maybe it could be a place where pop and light goods are sold to area visitors.

"I hope the real estate market holds up so I'm able to sell it," Knutson said.

The builder, who grew up a couple of miles down the road from the old store, has owned the property since 1986 and started working on it a couple of months ago, he said. So far, he's mostly done an exterior upgrade to one wall, including rehanging 1900-era wooden signs restored with the help of a graphic artist from River Falls, Ken Dolle, a Marshfield native.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Dec. 12.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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