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State Senator Tom Tiffany sells Wisconsin River Cruises

Tom Tiffany
Tom Tiffany

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin senator who took a lead role in passing the state’s mining incentive bill has sold a cruise business – because he no longer has time to run it.

Tom Tiffany has sold Wisconsin River Cruises to Ben and Patti Zastrow of Rhinelander.

Patti has worked for the business, and Tiffany says her experience will her succeed with it. His cruise boats have been in business for two decades.

Tiffany owned the Wilderness Queen for many years from his resort on the Willow Flowage. He and business partner Wayne Kulhanek later moved the operation to Wisconsin River at Rhinelander.

Tiffany cited his legislative duties in selling the business. The Hazelhurst Republican spent two years in the Assembly before being elected to the Senate last November.

He quickly achieved statewide notoriety in chairing the Senate’s mining committee, which helped pass the new law aimed at helping Gogebic Taconite open a controversial iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties.