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One step at a time: Marquette looks towards the future after large fire

One step at a time: Marquette looks towards the future after large fire

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Despite a large fire earlier this month, Marquette city officials say their town is open to tourism business. Nearly two weeks ago, a fire destroyed a hardware store, beauty salon, four apartments, a nearby duplex, and another home in the early morning hours. Despite the devastation, nobody was injured.

Each year the small river town attracts crowds of people looking to enjoy the Mississippi River and check out area businesses. Cindy Halborson is the manager of Eagles Landing Winery in Marquette. She said business has already picked up with warmer weather on its way.

"Its been a slow winter because it's been either 20 below, freezing rain, or snow," Halborson said Saturday.

Eagles Landing Winery is located right across from where the early morning fire took place on St. Patrick's Day. Halborson said many customers ask what happened across the street.

"The first week or week and a half the traffic was nonstop," Halborson said.

Halborson said she is sad to see another business lost in the community.

"In the downtown area it is a beautiful area, but we lost another business. There aren't that many businesses downtown," Halborson said.

Despite the devastating loss, city officials said they are hopeful tourism will continue to grow in the river town.

"Our focus actually is on our tourism. We have added a lot of new attractions in the past three years that people haven't seen," said Marquette mayor Norma Mason.

Mason said she also hopes more businesses are attracted to the area.

"We are looking for developers to come in and say, 'Hey, this is a little well kept secret. Let's expand this whole situation," Mason said Saturday.

The Lady Luck Casino in Marquette and a group called "Friends Helping Friends" will be holding a pancake breakfast to benefit the fire victims. The pancake breakfast will take place April 10 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the casino.

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