Establishments Receive Health Department Awards

The Lincoln County Health Department is pleased to announce the third annual environmental health award winners for the 2015 licensing year (July 1, 2015- June 30, 2016). The award program recognizes the special effort of high and moderate complexity restaurants that serve food to the public.

Of the 90 establishments eligible for the awards, Culvers and Ma’s Place were chosen for this year’s awards. These establishments should be congratulated for their efforts.

Culvers Photo Ma's Place PhotoLeft Photo:  Joe Williams and Joe and Lori Wakefield (Merrill Culvers) accepting Special Recognition Award from Environmental Health Specialist Meghan Williams (Lincoln County Health Department). Right Photo:  Barb Nickels and Cindy Schielke (Ma’s Place) accepting Special Recognition Award from Environmental Health Specialist Meghan Williams.

2015 Winners

Facility Name Category Complexity Location Reason
Culvers Special Recognition Award High Merrill Exceptional attention to food safety and food handling, no violations and effort to exceed minimum requirements.
Ma’s Place Special Recognition Award Moderate Gleason Excellent food handling practices and knowledgeable staff with no violations during the annual inspection.

Other establishments meeting special criteria and therefore should be recognized for their special efforts include: AmericInn Lodge & Suites, Badger Hotel, Besse’s on Clear Lake, Bottoms Up Bar and Grill, Checkered Churn, Dog N’ Suds, Ed & Sharron’s, Edgewater Country Club, End Zone, Happy Snapper, Harrison Oasis, Holly’s, Hugo’s Pizza, Inshalla Country Club, Merrill Area Community Enrichment Center, Oak’s Pub, Road Lake Pub & Grill, Shorthorn Bar & Grill, Silver Birch Supper Club, Somo Beach Resort, Surewood Forest Bar & Grill, Tom & Bev’s Bar, Tomahawk Dairy Queen, and Tomahawk Lodge Bar and Grill.

Special Recognition Award Criteria:

  1. Establishment must have received a routine inspection during the calendar year.
  2. No substantiated complaints.
  3. No unaddressed incidents of any risk type. (CDC Risk Factors or Good Manufacturing Practices).
  4. No re-inspections were necessary.
  5. Demonstrated initiative in exceeding minimal code requirements.
  6. Confirmation of eligibility by the Lincoln County Health Department.

The Health Department conducts annual inspections and all food establishments’ reports are available online at

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