Scott Novotny’s nickname was well deserved.

Each fall, the hardware store “Mr. Salty” bought from his parents in 2006 would become rimmed with pallets of ice melt in preparation for the inevitable slick sidewalks and driveways that accompany Wisconsin winters. The 50 pound bags would be stacked in front of the store along the sidewalk and wrap around the south side of the building into the small parking lot and dwindle away as spring approached.

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