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A group of individuals from Brunner Manufacturing and local and state government officials gather for the June 9 groundbreaking ceremony of the Mauston Lodge June 8.

Mauston locals gathered to see the groundbreaking of the Mauston Lodge near Gateway Avenue in Mauston June 9. When completed, the Mauston Lodge will have 61 rooms, a restaurant and a convention center.

“We’re really happy today to be here because we’re so excited about what they are going to be doing and what they are going to bring to our community,” Mauston Mayor Brian McGuire said. “Over the last 50 plus years Ron Brunner has been adding to our community and now the whole family is involved in it.”

Mauston Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mary Hudack said the lodge will be a welcome addition to the community. “It’s well needed in our community for events,” Hudack said.

Former Mauston Common Council Member and Brunner Employee Floyd Babcock was in attendance and given the honor of shoveling the first scoop of soil at the groundbreaking.

“I feel honored to be asked to be here, and I think this is a great project,” Babcock said.

Brunner Manufacturing Owner Ron Brunner emphasized the Mauston Lodge as a communal effort.

“I’m not building this myself,” Brunner said. “It’s going to improve the (Mauston) community… In my business I have to ship people down to the Dells… So, we need something like this here.”

State Senator Howard Marklein and State Representative Ed Brooks were also in attendance at the groundbreaking. Brunner thanked them both for coming.

Brooks said Mauston’s growth helped make the Mauston Lodge possible.

“They’ve done a good job as far as growing the community,” Brooks said. “We’ve got a riverwalk, we’ve got a bridge across the river for pedestrians… it’s something you don’t see in a flash, but if you’re here for 10 years you can see it.”

Brunner also announced the day was special because it was his wife Barb’s birthday.

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Juneau County Star-Times reporter