New Owner Outlines Plans for Bridge City Marina

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by Peg Wunder

Mike Norder told Rotarians, Monday, March 26, that he had dreamed of owning a marina ever since he was a small child and that dream has come true for him.

Mike and his wife, Jessie, purchased Bridge City Marina from Jerry and Janice Frailing this past winter. Jessie presented a power point presentation of the stages of remodeling they have completed. This is a family enterprise and all seven children will be working to help their parents run the business. Mike’s parents, Bob and Jean Norder, who live in Bruing, Neb., will also be spending the busiest part of the year here in Mobridge helping run the business. The children pitched in and had great fun with the remodeling, especially when it came to knocking down a wall.

All the services that Jerry and Janice offered will be continued, plus some new things will be added. Presently, the cabins are not available as there are several broken water lines that are to be replaced very soon. The marina building has never had water but the paperwork has been done. It is at least a 45-day wait for the approval. Once that approval is given, plans to provide a limited short order menu and maybe a little Mexican food can become a reality.

Mike said they will increase the fish guiding services, and starting bow fish guiding. He said they are going to develop a plan to be open year round to better serve the ice fishermen. New flotation devices for the docks, as required by the state, are here and it is hoped they can get them installed next week. All the docks have been rented and Mike said there will be two slips at the docks that visitors will be able to use. They are also working to get both off-sale and on-sale liquor licenses. Their target date to open is the second week in April. Jessie said that last year 120,000 people visited the Indian Creek Campgrounds.

The American Legion requested that Rotary donate $150 to sponsor a Boy’s State delegate. The request was unanimously approved. Rotary will be sponsoring Alex Greger. John Rothstein won the 50/50 pot. Next week is the first Monday of the month and Rotary will conduct the monthly business meeting when the group meets at noon at the Moose Club.

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