Merrill bar features tables made downed trees from 2011 tornado

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MERRILL, Wis. (WSAW) -- A business owner in Merrill is finding unique ways to remember the tornado that hit that community in 2011.

Stan Janowiak opened the Sawmill Brewing Company in March. He renovated the old depression-era DNR ranger station on the city's east side. And inside, the bar top and all the tables on the lower level are made from the trees that fell during the twister.

"They draw an incredible amount of emotion from just being in here and seeing this beautiful building and what we did with something that destroyed their house. So it's very meaningful for them. But also a lot of other members of the community are looking back at that tornado right now and remembering how this community came together and helped them so much,” explained Janowiak.

He used a number of local materials and artisans in the renovation. And says he's glad to bring part of Merrill's history into this building.