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UPDATE: Platteville Culver's rebuilds, gives back following fire

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PLATTEVILLE (WKOW) -- It's often said there's a silver lining in every tragedy.

When the Culver's restaurant in Platteville burned down last November, owner Bruce Kroll said he knew he would rebuild on the lot. But he didn't immediately know what he would do about paying his staff.

"The insurance covered 60 days of employee salaries," Kroll said.

After thinking it over, Kroll opted to continue paying his employees, out of his own pocket, for an additional five months until the store reopened June 16. The payments to the 40 workers totaled roughly $180-thousand.

Kroll only had one request in return.

"We asked that, everybody that could, go out and volunteer their time," he said, "whether it be for a charity or some other organization that needed help."

Kroll said his employees answered the call. Some 15 of his workers regularly donned Culver's uniforms and helped out with projects like serving dinner at a nearby church and putting on a fundraiser for the Platteville Fire Department. The latter netted $2-thousand dollars.

"Everybody loved it, being able to open up their hearts and actually give back to the community," said employee Cole Cooper.

"(Bruce) has helped all of us out many times," Cooper said. "Why not put his name out there, volunteer our time, and get out in the community?"

Kroll said the money was well spent.

"Given a different situation, if I was on the other side of the table, I would hope that someone would take care of me too," Kroll said.
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