With Community Watching, Telemark Lodge Sale Nears

By KBJR News 1

January 6, 2011 Updated Jan 7, 2011 at 12:40 AM CDT

Cable, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) --- It's been almost seven months since the Telemark Lodge shut its doors, but now a potential sale is very close to being done.

"There's a lot of buzz," Cable Chamber of Commerce Executive Director James Bolen said. "There's a lot of excitement, and we are very hopeful, but we're not quite there yet."

When and if the sale of Telemark Lodge is finalized, business owners like husband and wife LJ and Dick Menzel it to provide a significant boost to the local economy.

"We certainly noticed the difference when Telemark wasn't open this past summer and fall," LJ said. "We certainly hope that something is going to happen here, and all of those people will be
back in our neighborhood and going to our shops and other businesses in the area."

Bolen said the effect of the lodge closing has really affected local business with the change of seasons.

"You don't feel it nearly as much in the summer months because a lot of people are here at their cabins or they're on the lake," Bolen said. "Once you get into the fall mountain biking season and the winter
months, Telemark plays a bigger role, so you see it and feel it a little bit more."

The Telemark Lodge right now looks a lot like it did last May. The doors are closed and there are no people here, but with the American Birkebeiner just under two months away, the entire
community is excited that a deal is close to being made.

"The Birkebeiner is a huge event," Bolen said. "It brings tens of thousands of people to our area, so it'll be nice to have the lodge open, and if rooms are available there it'll be fantastic."

Looking past the Birkie weekend, the Menzels say Telemark will do something the area desperately needs: attract people.

"Certainly it brings people in," Dick said, "and people are what we need."

Spokespeople for a potential buyer of the lodge, Telemark Properties declined an interview request, but said they expect an official announcement of the sale in the coming days.

Posted by Zach Schneider