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Tri-County news • Kiel Progress • Thursday, February 22, 2018

St. Vincent welcomes new store manager By Mark Sherry There are a lot of shoes at the St. Vincent de Paul store in Kiel—not to mention clothes, furniture, jewelry, kitchenware, knickknacks, and a few thousand other things. Kathleen Dineen Grube has been given the job to try to fill one pair of shoes at the store—those of Vicki Heimermann. After more than 16 years as the manager and only paid employee of the Kiel thrift store, Vicki is retiring. Kathleen has been hired as the new manager, and she said she will be working to hire a part-time paid assistant manager as well. “It was time,” Vicki said about her retirement, later adding, “I’ll be shopping here, I just won’t be working here.” It came as no surprise that when she was asked what she would miss most, Vicki said, “People. Some are here daily, some are here weekly.” Volunteers key to store’s success That includes both customers and the network of 85 to 90 volunteers who assist at the store. At a time when it seems to be getting harder to find volunteers, Vicki said the number has actually gone up recently at the St. Vincent de Paul store in Kiel with the addition of six new people. The dedication of St. Vincent de Paul’s volunteers made an immediate impression upon Kathleen as she joined the team and began learning the ropes from Vicki. “I’m so impressed with the volunteers,” Kathleen said, commenting on how they simply show up each day and go to work. “It almost puts tears in my eyes,” she added. Kathleen is from the School Hill area and said she has been shopping at and

Kathleen Dineen Grube (left) is the new store manager at St. Vincent de Paul in Kiel. In recent weeks she has been learning the ropes from longtime manager Vicki Heimermann, who is retiring. Mark Sherry photo

donating to the St. Vincent de Paul store in Kiel for many years. She shared an interesting perspective on shopping at thrift stores, saying, “There’s so much stuff in the world. You can think when you go to a thrift store you’re almost renting.” Kathleen said she has done that with things such as holiday decorations—purchasing them at ridiculously

low thrift store prices before the holidays, then donating them back after the holidays so she does not have to store them at home throughout the year. Kathleen comes to St. Vincent de Paul after working as the secretary of Holy Trinity Parish in School Hill. Asked about her initial impressions of the store, the experienced thrifter said,

“This store is above and beyond far more clean and organized and set up to be shopper friendly.” Vicki added that she often heard customers say, “You have the cleanest and friendliest store to shop in.” Kathleen said she is looking forward to having an assistant manager—a plan Turn to ST. VINCENT/page 4

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Tri-County news • Kiel Progress • Thursday, February 22, 2018

St. Vincent which Vicki initiated—to bounce ideas off and to provide some schedule relief when needed. She added, “Vicki is showing me the ropes behind the scenes. I will be curious listening to the volunteers.” Vicki said Kathleen can expect to manage a store with sales which have “gone up a little bit” every year, including setting a new monthly store record this past November. Late fall is traditionally the busiest time at the Kiel store with the holidays playing a big part in that. So if revenues are rising and most of the help is volunteer, where do the profits go? That is the beauty of the St. Vincent de Paul store as it helps the local St. Vincent de Paul societies help people in need from Kiel, New Holstein, and the surrounding areas. Part of that assistance is the fact the stores in Kiel, Hilbert, and Kaukauna pay the dues for the local societies. Support of the local Christmas Cheer program is another important function of the Kiel store. This past Christmas, 78 families representing 340 people benefitted from the program. Gift cards of $25 each were distributed for a total of $6,900 along with clothing and housewares amounting to $8,855, 52 coupons for a six-inch sub sandwich at Subway, and hundreds of donated toys, games, and other gifts. Residents in local nursing homes and assisted living facilities received a gift bag containing body wash, deodorant, and tissues—a total of 433 items at a cost of $703. Collections already started The Christmas Cheer program has

continued from page 2 been so successful in recent years that St. Vincent de Paul has already started collections for the 2018 holiday, putting a donation box out at the Kiel vs. New Holstein boys basketball game on Feb. 8 and setting aside for Christmas Cheer any new clothing and other new items it receives at the store during the year. People are reminded that donations of any kind to St. Vincent de Paul are tax deductible for people who itemize their tax returns, and donors are welcome to ask for a receipt for their tax records. As Kathleen begins her tenure as manager of the St. Vincent de Paul store in Kiel, she encourages more people to consider volunteering. While most volunteers are scheduled in fourhour shifts—some for just one day per week—Kathleen said she will work with whatever people are willing to give. Men who are able to do a little bit of lifting are especially in demand. The store is located on Kiel’s far northwest side—just north of Amerequip— and hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Wednesdays (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Saturdays (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), closed Sundays. As Vicki returned to training her replacement, she said she wished to thank all the volunteers and shoppers who were so supportive over the years—especially the five volunteers who are still with her from when the store was located in downtown Kiel. Undoubtedly, all the volunteers and customers of St. Vincent de Paul return the thanks to Vicki for her years of service to people in need in the greater Kiel area.

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Tri-County news • Kiel Progress • Thursday, February 22, 2018

25-year-old running flooring business By Mark Sherry One of the challenges faced in today’s business world is the number of high school students who choose to pursue four-year degrees instead of entering a trade. Ryan Nadler started down that college path as well, but today the 25-year-old is glad he recognized the demand for tradespeople and that he now counts himself as an owner of a service business. Nadler now has one year under his belt as owner of Nadler Tile & Flooring, having officially started the business on Jan. 1, 2017. “It’s been a lot busier than I thought it would be,” Nadler said. “I’ve learned a lot more about the business side of it. It’s something different every day. So far I’m enjoying it. I enjoy meeting with the customer and brainstorming with them.” After graduating from Kiel High School in 2010, Nadler started out for a postsecondary education by taking general education classes at the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan while continuing to earn money working for an area flooring business—something he had been doing since he was 16. Instead of going on for a four-year college degree, however, Nadler decided it was time to start his own business. Nadler Tile & Flooring has taken off to the point where Nadler is already starting to look for additional help so that his schedule is not booked out too far. He also said he is looking at acquiring retail space to serve as a showroom of the products and services Nadler Tile & Flooring provides, as well as providing

Ryan Nadler’s tile and flooring business has grown significantly in its first full year of operation.

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Ownership, people, name all new at Willowdale By Mark Sherry Between a new corporate owner, a slightly revised name, and new people in key local positions, the past year has been one of significant change at Willowdale Health Services in New Holstein. By all accounts the changes have been positive at the longtime local nursing home which area residents simply call Willowdale. Most of the changes at Willowdale have occurred in the past six months, starting last October with the announcement of a new corporate owner and the arrival of Liza Lehninger as the new administrator. Based in the Milwaukee suburb of Glendale, North Shore Health Care acquired Willowdale and multiple other health care facilities as of Oct. 1. North Shore Health Care now owns approximately 50 facilities, most of them in Wisconsin but several in Minnesota and one in North Dakota. Impressed by new owners Both Lehninger—who started at Willowdale the same day as the North Shore acquisition—and Market Liaison Wendy Jacobs said they have been very impressed with the interest and care North Shore Health Care officials have shown for all their facilities including Willowdale. They said corporate leaders have been to New Holstein several times already and are very approachable. Lehninger said, “I keep being impressed with how management is involved with the local facilities.” North Shore Health Care officials said they focus on creating teams of loyal caregivers who are closely involved in the communities in which they work. Those are the types of people they already had in place at Willowdale when they acquired the facility. Being president of the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce is just one of the ways Jacobs—a New Holstein High School graduate—has stayed connected to the community. Lehninger has already become involved in the Chamber and other local organizations since moving to the area. “It’s hometown,” Jacobs said of the relationship between her work at Willowdale and her volunteerism in the community. “Just being involved—that’s how it is.” Making a difference A native of the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa, Lehninger said she has quickly come to know the difference one person can make in a small town. As she has been out and about in the community, she has discovered that a lot of people are familiar with Willowdale for various reasons. “Everybody kind of knows us,” she said. “So many of our residents have been here before.” Also joining the team of loyal caregivers which North Shore Health Care is working to build are Director of Nursing Carol Wiese and Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist Samantha Platz. Wiese joined the Willowdale team as of Jan. 29. The North Fond du Lac resident brings over 20 years of nursing experience with her to Willowdale, including having been a director of nursing at other nursing homes. Platz has been with Willowdale for about two years and coordinates activities for the facility’s residents.

There always seems to be something going on at Willowdale as their staff works to keep residents active and also to keep the community connected to their facility. Here is just a sampling of activities conducted at or by Willowdale: n Strong Women exercise classes are held at the facility for the public. n Free classic movies along with free soda and popcorn are shown several times per year at the Chilton Theatre. n Popular bus trips have been scheduled to the Fireside Theatre in Fort Atkinson. n A speaker series has been held with area physicians talking on a variety of topics. n Jammin’ on Jordan is a regular music concert series held on the Willowdale grounds. n The “Honor Flight” movie has been shown several times in connection with Veterans Day at no charge for anyone wishing to view it. n A Pet Parade was held at the facility around Christmastime with staff members and others bringing their pets in for residents to see and pet. Another key addition in the past year is the Cycling Without Age program and the addition of a trishaw at Willowdale. The three-wheel, motor-assisted bicycle is piloted by trained volunteers and is used to take residents on bike trips around the community. This year will mark the first full cycling season in which the trishaw is available.

“Let’s do it” philosophy Lehninger, who previously worked as an assistant administrator at another facility, said she appreciates the “let’s do it” philosophy of a smaller facility such as Willowdale and in the small towns of this area. Asked about her first impressions of both, she said, “Just definitely the small-town, family environment has been awesome,” she said. “I love it. There’s so much you can do in the small town.” Yet another example of that are the alternative therapies which Willowdale has used for the last several years. Working with area experts, Willowdale offers its residents aroma therapy, massage, essential oils, flavored mouthwashes, and visual therapies to try to provide additional help for its residents, especially those in various stages of dementia. New Holstein resident B. J. Jaeckels also brings her therapy dog in almost weekly for therapy visits with residents. “We do so much in this building,” Jacobs said. “They (corporate officials) have used us as a pilot building. We’re willing to try stuff.” Not to be lost in the discussion of new things at Willowdale is the fact that there is plenty of “tried and true.” In addition to staff members such as Certified Nursing Assistant Mary Schumacher with her 37 years of experience at Willowdale and Social Worker Naomi Heus with 18 years, there is also the much-used therapy wing attached to the building. While owned by a separate company, the relationship between Willowdale and Willowdale Therapy has been seamless for the several decades since the therapy business started. Providing physical, occupational, and speech therapies along with urinary incontinence therapy, the therapy staff has been assisting Willowdale residents

Administrator Liza Lehninger (left) and Director of Nursing Carol Wiese have joined the team at Willowdale Health Services in New Holstein.

and the general public from day one. Although small in number, the therapy staff has a combined 85 years of experience with the facility. Jacobs said helping the relationship between Willowdale and its therapy provider is the fact the rehabilitation center is an important contracted provider of therapy services with Calumet County. All of the above has helped Wil-

lowdale Health Services earn another Five-Star Rating following its most recent state review—a review which now takes into account interviews done with residents. It would appear by the Five-Star Rating that those residents have good things to say about Willowdale—a facility which has seen a lot of changes in the past year, but all for the better.

Nadler places, patios, and much more. Nadler said he has a simple but important philosophy in how he wants his business to treat its customers. “I try to treat it as what I’d do in my own home,” he said. “I’m going to treat the customer the exact same way.” Being a newcomer in the competitive local trade, Nadler said he has had to be flexible in his approach to business. He said he considers about a one-hour radius of Kiel to be his service area and has done work in Kiel, New Holstein, Chilton, Elkhart Lake, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, and other communities. He also said he has done simple remodeling jobs which take a couple hours, to multiple flooring and tiling projects in newly constructed homes which can take all summer. Nadler’s ability to bring ideas, recommendations, and tips to customers is a key aspect of his business. He said one

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type of flooring which is “hot” right now is vinyl plank. Vinyl plank is designed to resemble hardwood. It comes in strips and in a number of styles, each mimicking a specific type of wood—from oak to hickory and others. Nadler said it is more soft and warm than tile, adding, “It’s a lot more durable than you think.” He said it also can be a little less expensive than other options depending on how it is done. The “how” things are done is something Nadler is getting better at all the time, learning all the tricks of the trade to do things more efficiently for the customer while still providing top-notch products and installation. Examples of his work can be viewed by searching for Nadler Tile & Flooring on Facebook. The business provides free estimates, and Nadler said he is price competitive with other area installers. To schedule an estimate call him at (920) 286-2385.

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Tri-County news • Kiel Progress • Thursday, February 22, 2018

Managers share same goals at Vogel By Mark Sherry Managers at Vogel Chevrolet in Kiel have varying lengths of tenure with the business, but all of them share something in common—the desire to do quality work with as little hassle as possible for the customer. From newcomer Chris Brunner in the body shop to three-year veteran Joel Noordyk in service and 30-year employee Kelly Johnson in sales, all of them talk about making life as easy as possible for the customer while providing the best possible service. The Vogel way of doing things is something Brunner picked up on immediately upon becoming the body shop manager in March 2017. Asked about his first impressions of Vogel Chevrolet, Brunner said, “The quality of work—they have attention to detail. The quality is a lot better here. I’m trying to keep that going.” Experience at body shops Brunner worked at other body shops after graduating from the one-year body shop course at Lakeshore Technical College. He grew up in the Valders and Kiel areas, graduating from Kiel High School in 2002. He said he recalls not being a big fan of book work in high school so he gravitated toward a hands-on trade. In addition to acquiring a number of his own vehicles as a young man and working on them, he also worked to restore cars for other people as his path took him toward a career in automotive body work. That path did not lead directly to Vogel Chevrolet, however, as Brunner worked

Chris Brunner is the newest manager at Vogel Chevrolet, starting last March in the body shop.

for a while as a damage appraiser for a large insurance company. While he said he much prefers his new job to that one, he said his previous experience is helping him tremendously now that he is the person doing repair estimates and trying to help Vogel customers get fair reimburse-

ment from their insurance companies. A resident of Kiel, Brunner said he long had an eye on working for Vogel Chevrolet. He said he happens to go to the same church as longtime Vogel body shop manager Gene Buchmann as well as all of Charlie Vogel’s children, grand-

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children, great-grandchildren, and his wife Alyce. When Buchmann retired it helped lead to Brunner realizing his goal of joining the Vogel team. Brunner said he and Vogel Chevrolet’s Turn to VOGEL/page 9


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Vogel customers are blessed to have experienced and skilled body shop technicians working there, led by Gary Zahorik with 44 years of experience, Paul Schmitz with 25 years, and Dave Kapellen with eight years plus previous body shop experience. They work on all makes, models, and years of vehicles, fixing anything from the most minor of “dings” to major collision damage. They also do a lot of price matching to get new parts, not after-market knockoffs. “I think the quality is better,” Brunner said of the new parts received from manufacturers. Eye on latest technology While Brunner inherited a modern shop in good working order, he said he does have his eye on some possible future acquisitions such as short-wave heat lamps which can dry primer in 15 minutes instead of a few hours, and a nitrogen plastic welder which can weld the many plastic parts used on vehicles today. He also said he is also looking for that next top-notch body shop technician who can keep the tradition of quality going at Vogel Chevrolet. Over in the showroom, sales representatives Kelly Johnson and Ed Hartmann know all about quality—they look at it everyday in the new vehicles being produced by Chevrolet. Johnson said there is a lot of excitement already about the all-new 2019 Silverado pick-up truck which will be hitting the lots this fall. “It’s a whole new truck,” Johnson said of Chevrolet’s

continued from page 8 number-one seller. “Doing all the research on it, it’s amazing what they put in this truck.” A lot to look at From technology to fuel efficiency to style, the 2019 Silverado will have plenty of new things for truck enthusiasts to explore. Just one example, Johnson said, is the return of the square box interior for the first time since 1987. “That’s just the tip of the iceberg,” he said. While people wait for the new Silverado to arrive, they can check out the all-new 2018 Equinox. Customers are liking the changes on this tremendousselling crossover, including increased fuel efficiency while maintaining all the power drivers need. The Chevrolet Traverse also is new for 2018. Johnson called the Traverse a “good, solid vehicle” which serves a broad range of drivers as a mid-size SUV. There are plenty of other quality new vehicles on the sales lot at Vogel Chevrolet, and now there will be a greater emphasis on quality pre-owned vehicles as well. Vogel Chevrolet is enrolled in GM’s Certified Pre-Owned Program. The program gives customers some peace of mind knowing that the vehicles went through a more in-depth safety inspection—a 172-point inspection, to be exact—and also have an extended bumper-to-bumper warranty as well as an extended power train warranty through GM. “We just enrolled at the beginning of February, and are just receiving the supplies to get going on the inspections,”

said Tara Vogel of Vogel Chevrolet. The daughter of owner Mike Vogel, Tara is carrying on the longtime Vogel traditions at the dealership. No hassle, low pressure With 24 years in sales at Vogel Chevrolet and six more in service and detailing before that, Johnson said his sales philosophy has not changed. “We stay with the same approach we’ve always had—no hassle, low pressure,” he said. “We look at you not as a sale but as a member of the family.” Helping to get certified used vehicles ready for the sales lot will be Vogel’s service department led by Noordyk. He said the department recently acquired a new Road Force wheel balancer to help in the wheel and tire balancing process. Vogel Chevrolet services all makes and models of vehicles, providing pickup and delivery of vehicles at businesses and residences in the Kiel and New Holstein areas. From oil changes to engine rebuilds, transmission work and everything in between, Vogel Chevrolet can do it. It also has a fleet of loaner vehicles, use of which is available to service customers free of charge. What Vogel Chevrolet does is important, but so is how it does it. Noordyk said, “We want to be as fair as possible and give them options. Sometimes some repairs can wait. We are low pressure. We want to treat them the way we would want to be treated.” That is a philosophy which seems to be prevalent throughout Vogel Chevrolet.

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New tax rules call for closer scrutiny By Mike Mathes With a new set of tax laws in place, assistance from a dependable accounting firm is critical in preparing one’s taxes. “Tax planning is more important than ever as we wade through the changes,” Jeremy Fromm, CPA and owner of Fromm Accounting said. “From our standpoint there is not a whole lot of simplification that took place. I shared that with our congressman and he agreed.” Fromm said one of the biggest changes in this new tax law is the increase in the standard deduction, which is just about double the former amount. “To counter that, the law also eliminates personal exemptions,” Fromm noted. “In total, a person will have nearly the same deductions as before.” While it may make itemizing deductions less common, the help of a qualified tax advisor, such as Fromm Accounting is still valuable. Each client’s situation is slightly different. “Working with an accountant helps people have a peace of mind about the process. We have a good portion of our clients that are competent in doing their taxes, but they rely on our help because there is a comfort in knowing that they a professional on their side. Also, if they run into an audit or other issue, they have us as to support them,” he said. Corporate considerations Corporate tax law changes have most-

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C-T Computers, located at 614 Fremont St., Kiel, offers a wide range of technology services. The business repairs computers, sells new desktops and laptops, refurbished laptops, cellphones, and networking

their earnings, which is the ultimate goal of tax planning,” he added. Fromm Accounting continues to grow in the area of business consulting. Fromm has honed his skills in general business consulting through his 16 years as a CPA. Now entering its fifth year of business, Fromm Accounting is utilizing that wide-ranging background to help clients with issues like refinancing, examining potential business expansions, looking at pay backs on equipment and machine replacements and investments and other major business planning needs.

Sound staff As Fromm Accounting finds itself immersed in its fourth tax season, the CPA firm is blessed with the help of a sound staff, including Fromm and two other full-time employees Robert Pautz and Sheila Hemb. Jeremy’s wife, Becky, “is incredibly valuable to our success, and assists the firm through the year,” he said.


services. C-T Computers is an agent of Cellcom. More recently introduced are advanced pay cellphones, online back-up services for businesses, and hard drive recovery services. The business was founded in 2003. For more information contact Tim Bennin at 894-4800, e-mail, or check out


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Seasonally, the staff expands to eight members during tax season to handle the crunch time operations. The added staff allows Fromm Accounting to serve a wide range of clients with tax services. “We know that we stack up well with the competition,” Fromm said. “We offer CPA level service at affordable rates. In fact, we probably cut the cost of tax preparation in half compared to many of the ‘big box’ providers.” Fromm Accounting also lends its talents to accounting services for clients that need monthly, quarterly or annual accounting services. Payroll services continue to grow in popularity to relieve bookkeeping workloads, to deal with the increasing complexity of payroll and to add a confidentiality factor to payroll for clients. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, either visit the Fromm Accounting Web site or call 894-2143.

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2018 Calendar of Events MARCH 14 - In the Know meeting at Kiel High School Auditorium. (Mayor, City Administrator, School District Administrator, River Walk) 6pm APRIL 11 - Social at Altona (Speakers to discuss business topic TBD) 5pm MAY 9 - Board Meeting at Kiel Community Center 5pm JUNE 13 - Social at Gravel Pit Sports Bar & Grill 5pm JULY 11 - Board meeting at The Fork & Dagger Ale Haus with dinner and social to follow 5pm AUGUST - No meeting SEPTEMBER - Inspirational speaker, date & time TBD OCTOBER 10 - Breakfast Roundtable at Kiel Community Center 7:30am NOVEMBER 14 - Board Meeting at Kiel Community Center with social to follow at M.C.’s Pub & Grill 5pm DECEMBER 12 - Board Meeting at Kiel Community Center 5pm


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German Day June 8 Kiel Parade August 12 Kraftacular August 25

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Tri-County news • Kiel Progress • Thursday, February 22, 2018

Burritos, breakfast, bands

7 Corners Bar continues to add to menu, facilities By Mark Sherry Haven’t been out to 7 Corners Bar and Grill lately? If not, chances are you did not know about some of the significant new things being offered at the establishment located just off STH 32/57 midway between Kiel and New Holstein. Did you know about Mexican Mondays? How about the fact 7 Corners Bar and Grill now serves breakfast starting at 6 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays? Have you seen the new 45 foot by 18 foot deck on the east side of the building which likely will play host to small bands once the weather warms? Those new food offerings have been around for only a few weeks, while the deck was completed in late October so it really has not had much opportunity to host guests who want to eat and/or drink outdoors while enjoying a view of the adjoining rural countryside. Those people who have not been to 7 Corners Bar and Grill in a few years have not seen the complete remodeling and expansion which has taken place inside, including the dining room separate from the bar area. Beautiful woodwork highlights the remodeling project throughout the historic building. Owner Billy Kreutz has invested a lot of his own time and energy in taking 7 Corners to new heights, but he also has called on the help of many others. That is the case now with the addition of breakfast service and Mexican Mondays. Mexican Mondays Kim Vater is doing most of the cooking for Mexican Mondays which just began around Feb. 1. She brings experience cooking at bars and restaurants in New Holstein and Plymouth with her to 7 Corners, and she said she is having fun bringing Mexican menu items to the establishment. “I think the thing we really enjoy is the taco pizza, and the authentic street vendor tacos,” Kreutz said. He said the cilantro, fresh onions, and corn tortillas help make the street vendor tacos a special menu item. Beef and chicken burritos are another highlight of the Mondays-only Mexican offerings at 7 Corners, as are beef or chicken tacos. Most of the entrees come with a choice of rice or refried beans, as well as chips and salsa. “Everybody so far has been giving good reviews,” Vater said. The Mexican Mondays entrees are available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and all other items on the daily 7 Corners menu are available on Mondays as well—from

Owner Billy Kreutz relies on the help of employees such as (from left) Jill Hansen, Melonie Kujawski-Pfeifer, Leslie Winter, Kim Vater, Nancy Perman, and (not pictured) Yvonne Grantz and John Stephany to offer such new features as breakfast from Fridays through Sundays as well as Mexican food on Mondays. Mark Sherry photo

burgers to pizza to a list of appetizers and more. Starting just a few weeks prior to Mexican Mondays was breakfast service on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Melonie Kujawski-Pfeifer is the chief cook for breakfast with Nancy Perman helping provide breakfast service. In addition to the usual breakfast fare such as eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, and omelets, Melonie said the Hangover Burger has been popular—a burger with cheese, ham or bacon and an egg served on a hard roll for $8. Melonie said the breakfast menu is still being worked on but that “it’s getting there.” Fridays include a happy hour from 6 to 9 a.m., and there is a Bloody Mary special on Sundays. A special Bloody Mary mix made by a local man is available as are more traditional mixes. Similar to Mexican Mondays, people can get any of 7 Corners’ usual menu items during breakfast service. Want a pizza for breakfast on a Saturday? No problem. Once nicer weather returns, people can enjoy their breakfast, lunch, or dinner on

Kiel Progress briefs 2018

Engel specializes in tub surfaces

Surface Specialists of Northeast Wisconsin offers bathtub repair and refinishing, tub liners and wall systems, tub cut downs, and more bathroom remodeling options throughout cities in northeast Wisconsin including Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Appleton, and all points in between. The business has professionals installing acrylic tub liners and wall systems.

Norb Engel has been the owner of Surface Specialists of Northeast Wisconsin, Inc. since May 1996. With his years of experience in the bathtub repair and refinishing industry, he said he is committed to providing professional and courteous service. All services—from tub liners and wall system installation to tub cut downs—include a warranty. For more information about Surface Specialists of Northeast Wisconsin, call 894-4062 or e-mail

the spacious new deck. Kreutz said his staff will be providing food and beverage service on the deck. He said he is hoping to offer “Sundays Fundays” on the deck with small bands providing live music. Barbecue contests planned Also being planned for this summer are two barbecue competitions, one in June and one in August. Although the dates have not been finalized yet, Kreutz said the competitions will be open to the general public. The first Backyard Barbecue Competition will require amateur chefs to prepare two types of barbecued meats, while the second one will be three meats. Overnight camping on the grounds will be available for the competitions. Those competitions will make use of the auxiliary building available on the 7 Corners grounds. Equipped with its own coolers and beer taps, 7 Corners can cater

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food to the building for parties of up to 50 people. Off-premises catering also is available from 7 Corners Bar and Grill. Daily specials at 7 Corners include $3.50 burgers on Mondays, pork chops on Tuesdays, various pastas on Wednesdays, wraps on Thursdays, and fish on Fridays. Kreutz said their record is 208 fish dinners served on a single Friday. Soups are another specialty at 7 Corners. “We have never served anything but homemade soup,” Kreutz said. He and cook Darik Dill both have their soup specialties and are almost a little competitive when it comes to producing the best soup, although Kreutz concedes, “Darik Dill is like the soup guru.” It would seem 7 Corners Bar and Grill has specialists in a number of areas—Mexican food, breakfast, soup, and more—and local diners are the beneficiaries of their talents.

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Tri-County news • Kiel Progress • Thursday, February 22, 2018

Kiel Progress briefs 2018 Konen Sales for year-round service

Konen Sales & Service has been serving the area for 30 years. “We sell quality products and service

what we sell,” said Mike Konen, who owns the business along with wife Pam. “Service is an important part of business. We offer pick-up and delivery. Trade-ins are welcomed.” Located at 23119 STH 57, Kiel, Konen Sales & Service offers Simplicity, Ariens, Snapper, and a complete line of Stihl products. Those Stihl products include its battery-operated line of trimmers, leaf blowers, chain saws, and hedge trimmers. All have three-year warranties, and there is no worrying about mixing

gas and oil. “We are looking at expanding our lawn and garden line by adding additional product lines,” Mike said. “We stock parts for small engines and we carry a complete line of Interstate batteries for ATVs, snowmobiles, and lawn mowers.” The showroom is changed out during the year and kept stocked with inventory for the different seasons. Konen said, “Stop in and check out the redesigned Simplicity XL Legacy for which you can get attachments like a front loader

and several others, all PTO shaft driven. “We are also a U-Haul dealer carrying trucks, trailers, etc. We carry UHaul supplies for your moving needs, boxes, furniture pads, dollies, packing tape, etc.” Customers also can find a line of bird feeders made in Chilton by Backyard Nature Products. Bird seed and suet are also available. For more information about Konen Sales & Service stop in or call 894-7000.

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Sausage Tasting 13 three local sausages with tarragon mustard Add three beer pairing 8

Coffee Stout Braised Beef Short Rib 25 garlic Yukon & root vegetable mashed, honey glazed carrots, pan jus

Bloody Mary Shrimp Cocktail 11 Tito’s cocktail sauce

Pistachio-Crusted Walleye 28 garlic Yukon & root vegetable mashed, honey glazed baby carrots, lemon-herb butter

Walleye Croquettes 10 sweet chili sauce Baked Brie Board 12 baked brie with house-made chutneys and crackers

Soups Daily Featured Soup 6 Beer Cheese Soup 7 onion chutney crouton

Salads The Wedge Salad 8 iceberg lettuce, crumbled Hook’s blue cheese, tomatoes, bacon, buttermilk blue dressing and gremolata Spinach Salad 9 spinach, beets, mushrooms, sherry bacon vinagriette Basil Caesar 8 romaine hearts, Parmesan cheese, lemon basil Caesar vinaigrette, fried capers, caramelized onions and shaved garlic crostini

Weekly Features Includes wedge salad, choice of starch, and choice of vegetable Friday Night Perch Stack 23 prepared three ways: Parmesan baked, lemon–thyme sautéed, breaded & fried Served with tartar sauce Saturday Night Prime Rib 36 Choice of Starch Osthoff Garden fingerling potatoes butternut squash risotto garlic Yukon & root vegetable mashed baked potato (available on Saturdays) Choice of Vegetable grilled asparagus honey glazed baby carrots creamed spinach

Caramelized Scallops 23 butternut squash risotto, sautéed spinach, sage brown butter Chicken Piccata 22 breaded chicken breast, spaghetti squash, grilled asparagus, lemon-caper butter sauce Wiener Schnitzel 24 breaded Strauss veal cutlet, herb spaetzle, lemon dill butter sauce, pickled cucumbers Old Fashioned Glazed Pork Chop 27 roasted Osthoff Garden fingerling potatoes and grilled asparagus, Door County cherry & orange chutney Filet Mignon au Poivre 34 8 oz. pepper crusted, garlic Yukon & root vegetable mashed, brandy-cream with peppercorns, grilled asparagus

Elkhart Inn “Supper Club Dining” Off the Grill

Includes wedge salad, choice of starch, and choice of vegetable Ribeye 35 12 oz.


NY Strip 34 12 oz.

choice of sauce: stout demi-glace, Hook’s blue cheese butter or brandy cream with peppercorns

Salmon 26

Gulf Brown Shrimp 26 6 pieces choice of sauce: white wine cream, lemon-caper butter or sage brown butter Choice of Starch Osthoff Garden fingerling potatoes butternut squash risotto garlic Yukon & root vegetable mashed baked potato (available on Saturdays) Choice of Vegetable grilled asparagus honey glazed baby carrots creamed spinach

Add $3 for roasted mushrooms & onions. Add $4 for dessert.


Tri-County news • Kiel Progress • Thursday, February 22, 2018

Kiel Chamber driving force since 1919 The Kiel Area Association of Commerce strives to promote business, industry, and the community of Kiel. The organization has been an active and driving force in Kiel since it was created in 1919. Through the years, the Association of Commerce has made its presence known through a series of promotional and educational events that have grown in scope and size. Some have become part of the annual fabric of the Kiel community. Among them are events like the recently held Ice Sculpting event, the Kiel German Day scheduled for June 8, the Kiel Parade which is set for Aug. 12, and Kiel Kraftacular will be held Aug. 25. In the fall of 2017 a dozen members of the Chamber met for five weeks to discuss what they would like the association to look like in the new year. The group was faced with the fact that people have busy schedules and there are currently about 15 to 25 active members who attend monthly meetings. Their time and work is greatly appreciated. The committee presented a plan to the Board of Directors that will focus on opportunities that will bring the membership together with new ideas and get back to three core events that are historical to the Chamber. They are Ice Sculpting, German Day, and the Kiel Parade. In 2018 the Chamber will host Kiel Kraftacular; however, starting in 2019 the event will be hosted by another organization. Other Chamber events that were reassigned were first offered to the event coordinator in the past. The new plan that was approved by the board is listed in this article and the ad in this edition. 2018 Calendar of Events March 14—In the Know meeting at the Kiel High School Auditorium (mayor, city administrator, School District administrator, River Walk), 6 p.m. April 11—social at Altona (speakers to discuss business topic TBD), 5 p.m. May 9—Board meeting at the Kiel Community Center, 5 p.m. June 13—social at the Gravel Pit, 5 p.m. July 11—Board meeting at Fork & Dagger with dinner and social to follow, 5 p.m. August—no meeting September—inspirational speaker, date and time TBD Oct. 10—Breakfast Roundtable at the Kiel Community Center, 7:30 a.m. Nov. 14—Board meeting at the Kiel Community Center with social to follow at MC’s, 5 p.m. Dec. 12—Board meeting at the Kiel Community Center 5 p.m. Events Ice Carving—Feb. 3 German Days—June 8 Kiel Parade—Aug. 12 Kraftacular—Aug. 25 City In The Know Meeting Hosted by the Kiel Area Association of Commerce on Wednesday, March 14, 6 p.m. in the Kiel High School Auditorium The Chamber is working for both member businesses and the community. Often times in the past, the disconnect between organizations and the community has led to a lack of understanding as to what these organizations’ short- and long-term visions look like. The purpose of these meetings is to bring city officials, organization leadership, and the community together for an open forum. The success of these meetings is going to depend on the participation of the com-

The Board of Directors for the Kiel Area Chamber of Commerce in 2018 is comprised of (front, from left) Missy Brandt, KAAC executive secretary; Becky Schmid, AgriStaff USA; Shawn Mangan, Chamber president, Eissens & Haasl Financial GR. LLC; Joan Lechler, Chamber treasurer, Bank Mutual; and Mary Vogel, Walsdorf Roofing; and (back) Pam Mathes, Chamber secretary, Delta Publications; Melissa Pharis, Bank First National; Kevin Moehring, Chamber vice president, Collins State Bank; Dennis Weber, Weber Oil Company, Inc.; and Theresa Zimmermann, REINS, Inc. Not pictured are Elizabeth Eisselmann, Artsy Fartsy; Roxane Lisowe, Sneak a Peek Boutique; and Patty Schreiber, Riesterer Financial Services. Mark Sherry photo

munity and their involvement. We hope that everyone will attend. Kiel Parade Planning is already under way for another great Kiel Parade, the most visible event hosted each year by the Kiel Area Association of Commerce. Funds raised from German Day and the 50-50 raffle are used by the Chamber to bring in the marching groups for the parade. Volunteers who help run those events are vital to the Chamber’s success each year and while participation is good, they are looking for additional volunteers to help keep the organization successful. The Kiel Area Association also provides member support in numerous ways. Educational workshops are offered as topics of need are identified and include learning opportunities consisting of marketing, employee retention, and growing your business more efficiently and effectively. The Kiel Area Association of Commerce serves its mission through its committee structure. The Chamber also offers a public kiosk in the 500 block of Fremont Street to allow members an opportunity to promote their businesses. In 2018 this benefit will be offered at no charge. Along with the kiosk, we provide Facebook promotional ideas as a no-cost-added benefit. Please contact Missy Brandt for additional information. Governed by a Board of Directors, the Chamber leadership group includes the 2018 officers and Board of Directors, as follows: n Shawn Mangan, president; Eissens & Haasl Financial GR. LLC, 920-2860501, n Kevin Moehring, vice president; Collins State Bank, 894-4272, n Pam Mathes, secretary; Delta Publications, 894-2828, n Joan Lechler, treasurer; Bank Mutual, 894-2278, Board members: n Elizabeth Eisselmann, Artsy Fartsy,

920-698-6535, elizabeth@artsyfarstywi. com n Roxane Lisowe, Sneak a Peek Boutique, 920-286-2002, rlisowe@hotmail. com n Melissa Pharis, Bank First National, 894-2215, mpharis@bankfirstnational. com n Patty Schreiber, Riesterer Financial Services, 920-894-7835, pschreiber@ n Becky Schmid, AgriStaff USA, 920-286-6106, n Mary Vogel, Walsdorf Roofing, 894-2286, n Dennis Weber, Weber Oil Company, Inc., 894-3611, n Theresa Zimmermann, REINS, Inc., 920-946-8599, n Missy Brandt, KAAC executive secretary, 894-7861, 2018 Chamber President Shawn Mangan said the organization is an open membership. “Everyone is welcome at

our monthly meetings and events,” he explained. “We are always open and love to hear new suggestions and ideas. We welcome new faces to our events. We have some exciting things going on and the energy taking place within our Board of Directors and volunteers has been very contagious. We are excited to see what 2018 has in store with some of our new events.” Mangan said there is a great value that comes with Chamber membership, not just direct sales but also finding employees and building relationships, and more. “Members can be as much or as little involved as works for them,” he added. “We are looking to drive business in Kiel for the benefit of our members and trying to showcase Kiel as a community to live and work.” “We are a community that does big things but let’s not settle there,” he said. For more information about the Kiel Chamber, please visit the association’s Web site at or find them on Facebook. online COMMUNITY! contribute•share•inform•link•learn•enjoy•participate


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Tri-County news • Kiel Progress • Thursday, February 22, 2018


Utilities turn focus to treatment plant By Mike Mathes After a hectic summer and fall of disruption in 2017, Kiel Utilities General Manager Kris August is looking for things to quiet down considerably in 2018. The ambitious project of replacing water, sewer, curb & gutter and streets on Sixth Street, River Terrace, Fifth Street and Broadway Street held a focus of attention for the utilities manager last year. Instead, August indicates that the biggest item on the Kiel Utilities drawing board is resolution of the planning process for upgrading Kiel’s wastewater treatment plant. Aging facilities, increased flow and pollutant loads and forthcoming regulations from the Department of Natural Resources have been driving the need for a major wastewater treatment plant renovation. Best estimates on the cost, without any pre-treatment operations on the part of local dairy food industries have set the price tag just over $21 million. “We have to do something. Our treatment plant and the equipment has reached its life expectancy. It either has to be rehabilitated or redesigned to meet new standards. At the same time, we are looking at increased production from Land O’Lakes in 2019. Their new plant is anticipated to increase production by 50 percent over the current levels. The city is currently involved in conversations with Land O’Lakes to determine all the options available. “We have been pretty fortunate over the years, because our plant has been operating at full capacity since day one. But it also means that for the last 37

years we haven’t been able to take any of our tankage off line for repairs. We literally have no backup in the system,” August said. A large goal for 2018 will be solving the riddle of BOD (biological oxygen demand) suspended solids and phosphorus—the three main pollutant loads in Kiel’s waste stream, all coming in at high levels from the local dairy industry. Kiel has had tentative plans for the treatment plant upgrade in the works for more than two years. The direction and size of the upgrades will be dependent on an agreement worked out with Land O’Lakes in the coming months. Once a plan is implemented, the cost of the project will be borne by the rate payers. Industry will bear its fair share. Residential rates are expected to increase significantly, but the exact amount will depend on the scope of the work to be done. “With the last major upgrade in 1980, it’s time to update our facility. For a while, like in 1980, our sewer rates will be higher than many of our neighbors. But, everyone else will have to bring their plants into compliance, and their rates will eventually catch and pass ours.”

year,” August said. Kiel had 298 customers with lead service in 2014. Through projects completed in St. Paul, North, Milwaukee and last summer’s efforts 85 of those have been converted. “We have a 10 year time frame bring the remaining customers into compliance, and there are just over 213 remaining,” he said.

Getting the lead out With the major street and water projects just completed, things will slow considerably for the utilities in 2018 and beyond. Still, the water utility will continue to work toward its goal of reducing lead lines and laterals in its water system. “We will continue to look at changing out an average of 20 customers per

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Electrical utility changes August pointed to the completion of the Meyer Road substation as a major accomplishment for the Kiel Electric Utility. With the assistance of American Transmission Company and WE Energies, the city was able to complete the $10 million project, with only $1.5 million of the cost borne by Kiel ratepayers. The substation is part of the overall plan to make Kiel’s power supply more reliable. It also offers a more streamlined opportunity to switch to backup power sourcing from WE Energies in times of emergency.

“The whole intent is to improve reliability of the system,” August said. Kiel experienced one power outage shortly after the new substation was completed. That incident was due to failure of a new part which had tested fine prior to the build. August said the upgraded power substation should carry the utility into the next 10-20 years of power needs for the community. With the substation completed, August said the electric utility crew will focus its attention on remapping the system. The new year also brings an opportunity to spend time moving power lines in rural areas to accommodate planned highway improvements along STH 67 south of Kiel in 2019. Kiel continues to buy power through its affiliation with Great Lakes Utilities. The buying power of the consortium allowed the Kiel Electric Utility to reduce purchased power rates for customers by 5 percent last year.

Kiel Progress briefs 2018

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Tri-County news • Kiel Progress • Thursday, February 22, 2018

City values public-private partnerships By Mike Mathes Private-public partnerships are a key element to building progress in communities like Kiel. At the beginning of 2018, a new pathway has been forged to help shape progress and cooperation between the City of Kiel and the downtown business district. Kiel’s newly created Business Improvement District enables city government to take on a clear and cooperative role in assisting Kiel’s downtown development. “It’s a great private-public partnership opportunity,” Mayor Mike Steinhardt said. The BID is the legal entity that enables Kiel’s River Walk District to benefit from a tax assessment on Fremont Street property owners for the purpose of downtown promotion. Steinhardt said that Kiel is one of the smallest communities statewide to enact a BID district. “The Kiel Riverwalk District board (a separate and private entity) actually will shape the plans and programs that will spend those tax dollars,” the mayor said. Kiel’s BID will raise about $8,000 annually for that cause, with a pledge dollarfor-dollar match from the City of Kiel’s budget. The tax amounts to 60 cents per thousand of property value. Kiel City Administrator Jamie Aulik said that the formation of both the BID and Riverwalk District provides new opportunities for the city and business to work together on issues like improving the Christmas lighting. Council member Jeremy Fromm is the city’s representative on the BID board. The mayor also suggested that Kiel Community Center coordinator Missy Brandt, who serves as a Kiel Association of Commerce point of contact might be utilized to improve communication with the Riverwalk District efforts. Community center a plus Brandt, now completing her second year in the joint role of Community Center Coordinator/Recreation Director was credited for spearheading a burgeoning programming lineup. “We have a lot of great things happening at the community center, and Missy’s presence has changed the whole concept of our services at the community center,”Steinhardt said. In addition to Brandt’s direction, a strong group of volunteers has emerged in the Friends of the Community Center. The Friends have been responsible for a lot of new programming ideas, including beer/wine tasting events, table setting luncheons, a summer festival and more. In addition,the volunteers have put their elbow grease into upgrades for the facilities, cleaning, painting and sprucing up not only the community center, but the Stoelting House as well. The volunteer efforts have been supported with budgetary dollars to make long-needed improvements at both facilites. “We revamped the Stoelting House last year, and the year before it was the Community Center,” the mayor said. One of the added features Brandt has promoted is group trips as an offshoot of her community center/recreation role. “These are self-funded events that have really taken off. Missy is coordinating this all, and creating a lot of positive energy and opportunities for our citizens,” he noted. The mayor also pointed to a major project upcoming for the Kiel historical home this year, the completion of a new roofing project. Another private-public partnership, the Kiel Historical Society is spearheading the effort, and will pay for a majority of the cost. The city has

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Kiel City Administrator Things have been hopping at the Indian Hill complex the past year, with renovations to the Stoelting House and an upgraded set of new programs offered by Kiel Community Center Coordinator Missy Brandt. A summer community festival was held last June, adding a new event to the area.

contributed $10,000 from the capital budget towards the project and a fund raising effort is underway to also help fund the project. “Of course our library continues to do a phenomenal job of keeping its building and programming up to speed with their budget. They have a great board to oversee that work,” the mayor noted. Together, the four facilities, all owned by the city have become a focal point of community services along South Third Street and Indian Hill. Transition complete At city hall, the City of Kiel is completing the transition to a new city administrator. Aulik began his role as Kiel’s new city administrator December 13. With Aulik facing two-week military responsibility in February, retiring administrator Dennis Dedering was kept on to assist the transition. He will be available to assist during Aulik’s absence and during the time that auditor’s are present for their final audit. Dedering’s retirement comes on the heels of a 17-year stint as administrator. He also worked three years in an earlier role with the city as a deputy clerk under then city clerk Roy Duerwaechter. Aulik brings a wealth of experience to his new role with the city of Kiel. He served as Manitowoc County Clerk for nine years. The new administrative structure has evolved over the past two years, according to the city’s plans. Roles changed as Kris August was named General Manager of the Utilities, while the city administrator position was slightly redefined. The restructuring was connected to the retirement of Randy Neils and the upcoming retirement of Dedering, allowing the city to rethink its leadership. “Our transition in the administration has worked out well,” Mayor Steinhardt said. He said that leaders have stepped up in each of the utilities to help with the transition. On the tax incremental district front, the city plans to close out TID#2 this year. In that TID, on Kiel’s southeast side, development has spurred about $15 million in growth. It’s a much smaller district than TID #3, which was retired a few years ago, putting $65 million back on the tax rolls. The city expects that all taxing entities

will receive one-time pay backs from the TID closer in 2018. For the city of Kiel, the amount will be in the range of $30,000. The Kiel Area School District, on the other hand, could see approximately $100,000 from the proceeds. Kiel continues to have three remaining TIDs paying off the infrastructure improvements, including TIDs #4 and #5 along with the ER-TID, at Seventh and Paine Streets. Kiel officials are keenly aware of the

development potential for the 200 block of Fremont Street, where the former Kwik Trip and Lulloff Hardware properties stand. “We are willing to listen to any options and assist where we can,” Mayor Steinhardt said. “But the key is finding a developer that wants to invest in that area.” The properties are still owned by the individual business entities. Kiel’s downtown development issues are common to many communities, the mayor said. Long term solutions will depend on groups of businesses and developers working together for positive change.

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Meiselwitz observes 120th birthday It will take a pretty deep breath to get enough air to blow out all the candles on the birthday cake at Meiselwitz Furniture, Leather & Mattress in Kiel. Family owned and operated since 1898 Meiselwitz is celebrating its 120th birthday this year, and things have never been busier. Exciting developments in the area have spilled over into busy projects for the Kiel-based furnishings business. Meiselwitz has been an active supplier, furnishing several of the new Motorsport Villas in Elkhart Lake. Working with clients and owners from places like Chicago, Minneapolis and other Wisconsin locations has proved to be an exciting opportunity for one of Kiel’s longest running businesses. Most of the properties have been designed in the European contemporary style. New Flexsteel sofas, including power options, are prominently featured, using new grey and red leather fabrics. The ultra luxury king size beds also have a Eurotop firmness, with the new 2-sided construction handcrafted by Restonic Mattress Company. All Restonic components are manufactured in Wisconsin. The stunning new Motorsport Drivers Complex incorporates the Euro Industrial look, featuring leather and dark wood pieces. Primary offerings Meiselwitz Furniture offers many significant brands of home furnishings including a fine selection of options from FLEXSTEEL... Flexsteel furniture is made well, and

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AgriStaff continues to grow, add more services By Faye Burg Since moving into their office on Fremont Street in September of 2015, AgriStaff USA has seen impressive growth in clientele and services. The full service staffing and recruiting agency specializes in employee placement, payroll processing, translation and mediation, and offers their DairySkills package and seasonal staffing services. “We are a human resource agency that specializes in solving the workforce needs of our community,” Operations Manager Becky Schmid said. “We achieve this through direct employee placements, staffing, and human resource management.” AgriStaff USA saves businesses time and money on recruiting. By working with a recruiting agency, businesses save valuable time allowing AgriStaff USA to complete the initial advertising and recruiting processes and bring the most qualified candidates to their attention. AgriStaff USA offers multiple services and options to fit each client’s specific needs. “We offer custom management packages that help employers with their staffing and employee management needs,” Schmid explained. ”This is particularly popular within the dairy community. We offer English-Spanish translations, training, and employee meetings.” Schmid said AgriStaff USA specializes in the agriculture industry with an emphasis on dairy. The locally owned and operated company includes LaborOne USA, a

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No project too big, small for plumber By Mike Mathes Plumbing needs can range from a dripping faucet to a major industrial expansion project and everything in between. No matter the reason or the season, Meyer Plumbing is poised and ready with solutions for every plumbing need. Based in Kiel since 2004, Meyer Plumbing serves the wider four-county area that includes Manitowoc, Calumet, Fond du Lac, and Sheboygan counties. Owner and master plumber Brian Meyer said his company serves the complete range of plumbing needs from commercial projects to private homeowners. Commercial resource Meyer Plumbing has been integrally involved in various commercial projects within the communities they serve. Additionally, they are a ready resource for many local businesses where response time is critical to keep operations running or ensure office staff have functional bathrooms. As a member of the business community, Meyer said, “We are grateful for the opportunity to work with other local businesses and industries to ensure smooth running of their daily operations as it relates to plumbing projects and emergency situations.” Everyday household needs While public projects and commercial service work are indicative of the scope of Meyer Plumbing’s capabilities, a great deal of the company’s work involves

residential applications. “We welcome calls to resolve the everyday plumbing issues that occur in the residential segment,” Meyer said. Whether it is cleaning drains, working on a kitchen faucet, installing a garbage disposal, cleaning up a bathroom emergency, or working with a sump pump, Meyer Plumbing stands ready to resolve the issue so life can return to normal for their customers. “We are here to respond to calls for plumbing service,” Meyer said. When something leaks, breaks unexpectedly or stops working, Meyer Plumbing is ready to intervene with the right solution. With a 24/7 answering service, Meyer Plumbing is responsive to emergency needs. “When it’s a serious problem, we do our best to respond immediately. In non-emergency situations, we gather the relevant facts and schedule the service calls as quickly as possible.” New projects, upgrades In addition to aiding in times of emergencies, Meyer Plumbing works with homeowners and contractors to lend design and installation expertise to new home construction and remodeling projects. The plumbing firm takes a consultative approach to projects. Finding the right plumbing design solution is key at Meyer Plumbing. Being informed about Turn to meyer/page 21

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How retailers can build trust in their communities Over the past decade, technology has reshaped the retail industry in profound ways. Ninety-six percent of Americans are now shopping online, according to a recent study from CPC Strategy. That means today’s business leaders face increasing pressure to keep retail spaces relevant and engaging for customers. One solution to captivating today’s consumer is a simple one: Build meaningful connections with local communities, said Etienne Veber, president of Field Trip Factory, a firm that helps design, schedule and promote interactive learning experiences within retail environments. “Technology provides greater convenience and lower prices,” Veber said, “but it is not a replacement for human interactions.” He said the increasing lack of human connections in our daily lives represents a unique opportunity for retailers to thrive in today’s environment by identifying their core values and concerns and then expressing them through meaningful learning experiences and a deeper sense of community. “We learn by doing, and retail environments can be incredibly powerful as teaching platforms,” Veber said.

The value of purpose When companies express a sense of purpose to their customers, it has a profound effect on the confidence in the brand. About 85 percent of companies with a strong sense of purpose say they are backed by their communities because they are seen as “good and helpful corporate citizens,” according to a survey by Deloitte. Furthermore, 89 percent of firms with a purpose say clients and customers trust the quality of their products and services versus the 66 percent of firms that do not have this sense of purpose. As a way to demonstrate its commitment to its local communities, multiformat food retailer Giant Eagle, Inc. developed an interactive program that connects with local school children. “Be A Smart Shopper” helps young students and their families learn about making healthy food choices. Over the years, it has been a very effective way for Giant Eagle’s retail Team Members to uphold the company’s common purpose to improve people’s everyday lives and well-being in a community-centered way, and so far more than 600,000 families have been reached across Pennsylvania and Ohio. Educators love the program because it supplements the classroom curriculum and gets their students really engaged. About 95 percent of them are planning to come back with their students next year. “Our Be A Smart Shopper program is an important part of how we fulfill our commitments to education and health and wellness,” Giant Eagle CEO Laura Karet said. “Through the program, our retail team members are able to meaningfully impact how the children in our communities think about the foods they eat and encourage involvement from the children in family meal planning.” Purpose in the retail space A retailer can build trust and loyalty by expressing their values in innovative ways. Their stores are more than places to shop. They can build opportunities right in the towns and cities in which they serve. n Host in-store classes and events:

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Relaxation helps overall health

As busy and productive as our lives are, we seldom take the time to relax and take care of ourselves. According to licensed massage therapist Sherry Winkel of Therapeutic Touch, LLC in Kiel, the goal of massage therapy is to reduce stress, relax muscles, diminish pain, promote overall wellness, and increase circulation. It can also lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, increase range of motion, and enhance your immune system. At Therapeutic Touch, 317 Fremont St., a variety of massage therapies are available to meet your needs. Offered are relaxation, therapeutic (deep tissue), myofascial release, Craniosacral Therapy, lymphatic, Raindrop Therapy, and facial massage. “Massage therapy is one way to help ease your body back into balance,” Winkel said. “We also need to look at other areas of your life as we work toward achieving a balanced body. We all know dietary changes and exercise play a role, but it is so much more than that. While it can be overwhelming, we believe in making these changes one by one. We want you to succeed and keep building on that success.” Celebrating more than 15 years of service, Winkel said she would like to thank all her clients who have used massage therapy as a part of their health regime. She added, “Start today, take charge of your health and take the time to start listening to your body. Make massage therapy a part of your health regime and

call today for an appointment.” Jeanne Stoelting, a licensed massage therapist, also works at Therapeutic Touch, LLC. She can be reached at (920)286-0141 or the office at 894-7976. Winkel is nationally certified and a licensed massage therapist in Wisconsin. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Sherry’s business hours are Mondays,

Wednesdays, and Thursdays by appointment only. Other hours are available by request, depending on availability. Call 894-7976 to schedule an appointment. Gift certificates are available.

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Wally Wright is the owner of Kiel Auto Repair, located at 1301 STH 67 on Kiel’s northeast side.

The business focuses on auto repair including check engine lights, tires, air conditioning repairs, tune-ups, engine work, transmissions, oil changes—just about anything a vehicle might need. More recently Kiel Auto Repair has started doing custom exhaust work and also added a smoke machine to help identify leaks in air conditioning systems. Kiel Auto Repair also helps the community by serving as a drop-off site for aluminum cans with proceeds going to Special Olympics in Manitowoc County.


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Pieper Indoor Aire grows in first 5 years By Mark Sherry When Jason Pieper began his Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care business, his biggest concern was finding enough work to keep himself busy. Five years later, Pieper has a full-time employee, assistance from several other part-timers, and he is looking for another full-timer to keep up with demand. That is a good indication that Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care is accomplishing what Pieper originally set out to do—provide quality service at a fair price. “I think I do quality work because I do things the right way, not the quickest, easiest way,” Pieper said. “I never say, ‘It’s good enough.’” New home market up An aspect of Pieper’s Indoor AireCare which will be keeping employees busy in 2018 is installation of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) in new homes. Pieper said he has installations lined up in seven or eight new homes this year, with the possibility of more bids being awarded. Helping Pieper get the work done is full-time employee Adam Raquet. The Kiel resident was in charge of the pellet stove area of Lulloff Hardware which provided him with valuable insights into the heating business. He began working full time for Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care this past March. Tom Prange helps Pieper on a parttime basis with sheet metal work, a necessity for duct work installation especially in new homes. Pieper mentioned that his business will do other “odd” sheet metal jobs when called upon as it has the materials, the equipment, and the

Jason Pieper, owner of Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care, stands next to one of the hydronic in-floor heating systems he recently installed. Pieper said the systems are very popular in new-construction homes these days.

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Optimists work to bring out best in area youths By Faye Burg The Kiel Optimist Club’s mission is simple—by providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids. This motivated group has been busy recently, from providing children in the community with the SafeAssured ID program to talking about the risks and dangers of prescription drug abuse. During the annual Ice Sculpting event in Kiel, the Optimist Club worked with local families to ID children in case of emergencies through the SafeAssured ID program. Children have their fingerprints electronically scanned and personal information unique to each child is put onto a privacy-protected mini-CD which offers a single repository of important information. Children are photographed and streaming video is also taken showing mannerisms and gait with a linked audio file providing the child’s voice inflection and accent. Private information such as general physical descriptions, street address, date of birth, life-threatening medical conditions, and identifying scars or marks are recorded. Families also receive a full-color photo data card and a Parents’ Guidebook with prevention tips, written in conjunction with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The Optimist Creed Ask any Optimist member and they will say that few messages are as powerful as the Optimist Creed. Many members even say that simply hearing the creed recited just one time was enough to inspire them to join the club. In their creed, Optimist members promise themselves: n to be so strong that nothing can


ence, Pieper said it is possible he might need two or three more people this spring if his business is awarded more bids on doing the HVAC work in new home construction. While Pieper said he prefers doing the HVAC installations on new homes, he and his crew also do service work on all types of HVAC equipment. “It’s a big portion of the business,” he said, adding that he keeps his Monday schedule free knowing he will have 10 to 14 hours of service work come in from over the weekend. That does not mean he is not called out on weekends and nights. One of the reasons his business has grown so rapidly in its first five years is his willingness to answer the call regardless of the day or time. It is an understatement to say people are relieved to have a qualified HVAC technician show up at their door on a cold winter’s night when the furnace has stopped working. Having a created a good working relationship with some area builders, Pieper said he and his crew are doing more multiple zone, in-floor hydronic tube heating systems in new homes. In simplest terms, today’s hydronic heating is an energy efficient home heating system that uses tubing to run a hot liquid beneath the floor, along base board heaters, or through radiators to heat homes. Also

disturb your peace of mind; n to talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet; n to make all your friends feel that there is something in them; n to look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true; n to think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best; n to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own; n to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future; n to wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile; n to give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others; n to be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. The Kiel Optimist Club has put all the money they have raised back into the community over the past three-plus decades, especially into projects and programs to help the youths of the Kiel area. In order to donate that much money, it first has to be raised. Kiel Optimist Club members have always been good at finding events or activities which generate a lot of funds. The Club’s top event for more than the past decade has been co-sponsoring the Kiel Picnic each August in conjunction with the Kiel Lions Club. President Beth Hecker and Tom Lefeber of the Optimist Club explained that a committee of Optimists and Lions plan the picnic each year, meeting toward the end of every month except December. There are about eight different planning areas with one Optimist and one Lion serving in each area including food,

continued from page 31 referred to as radiant heating, this type of system has become increasingly popular among families that want added comfort and control in their heating zones, savings through lower heating bills, and a decrease in their environmental impact by making smart green building choices. While Pieper Indoor Aire-Care will service all makes and models of HVAC equipment, its installation work in new homes and system replacements tends to focus on Carrier furnaces and air conditioners, Burnham boilers, Mitsubishi split systems, and Reznor garage heaters. In addition to heating and air conditioning work, Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care also continues to do duct cleaning. With spring right around the corner, now would be a great time to make sure ducts are clear of dust and anything else which might get in the way of having the cleanest possible air in a home. The service area for Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care seems to have expanded over the years as well. He said when he first started most of his jobs were in the Kiel and Howards Grove areas, but he also has traveled to communities such as Fond du Lac and Menasha to do work. To find out more about Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care or to schedule a project, call (920) 207-3297 or check out www.

The Kiel Optimist Club has had its Safe Assured child identification program out for the Winter Carnival at Kiel Community Preschool. Mike Mathes photo

beverages, advertising, raffle, etc. The Optimists and Lions split the profits from the picnic, each reinvesting that money back into the community. Asked if the planning gets easier after having done it for so many years, Lefeber said it might if they did not try to keep making the picnic bigger and better each year. “We try to do more every year,” he said. “We turned the picnic into a four-day event,” referring to the Thursday Family Night which has become a very popular night of the event. The collaboration with the Lions does not end with the picnic, as the two groups also work together on the annual chicken and ham dinner which has been served at Millhome Supper Club each September for more than 15 years. In past years, some of those funds raised have gone toward Challenge Day at Kiel High School. More recently the club has donated to the Teaming for a Brighter Tomorrow initiative which funds Challenge Day. Challenge Day works to pull classmates and school communities closer together by ending bullying and helping students get to know each other better as individuals. Hecker, Lefeber and other Optimists

have volunteered their time at Challenge Day and have seen its power. Lefeber has even donated some of his time to help Valders High School bring the program there. “It’s nice to see that program staying alive and growing,” he said. “You almost have to live it.” The Kiel Optimist Club also has donated toward the Kiel Area Youth Theatre. In the past it has given to Kiel youth sports and the Kiel robotics team. It continues to sponsor the annual Easter Egg Hunt in the community, it still sends youth representatives to the Closeup program in Washington, D.C., and it donates toward local seventh graders going to camp each year. There are a multitude of projects for local Optimist members to be a part of, members who take time trying to make a fundamental difference in other peoples’ lives. The Kiel Optimist Club meets the second Tuesday of each month starting at 6:30 p.m. with the location of those meetings changing on a monthly basis. To learn more about the Optimists, please contact Beth Hecker at (920) 9014641 or e-mail her at

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Elkhart Inn offers a step back in time

Walking into the Elkhart Inn is like taking a step back in time. From the half timber façade to the 1920’s carved walnut bar on the inside. There is a sense of history to this place, including a huge helping of Elkhart Lake’s history of hospitality. Barkeepers and cooks have been calling guests by name and serving homemade fare and local brews here for almost 100 years. Today the Elkhart Inn, one of the Midwest’s landmarked inns, continues the rich tradition of serving classic dishes using locally grown food to family and friends, old and new, just as it has for close to 100 years. Neighbors and travelers alike have sampled hearty, flavorful fare made from locally grown ingredients using old family recipes brought from their homeland. This tradition of hospitality has been loosely translated one way or another over the years, but remains the common thread of the Elkhart Inn. That tradition continues today, offering our guests a comfortable space that gives a nod to the Inn’s rich history, its German roots and the Elkhart Lake style of hospitality. Front of House manager, Pam Klotz,

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Bill’s Hwy. 67 Service, located at 12734 STH 67 1-1/2 miles north of Kiel, provides auto and light duty truck repair, tire and battery sales, and wrecker and flatbed service. Owned by Bill Kornetzke since 1996, Bill’s Hwy. 67 Service has ASE certification in engine repair, brakes, and suspension. The business also has a certified Wreckmaster towing operator. To learn more, make an appointment for service, or get wrecker assistance, call 894-7663.

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Mueller’s Barbershop has been in business at 325 Fremont St. in Kiel for over 54 years. Wilmer Mueller and daughter Dyanna Muldoon provide men’s and ladies’ haircuts and styles, perms, colors, hilights, and special occasion hairstyles including weddings and proms. Mueller’s Barbershop also carries a variety of hair product lines. For more information or to make an appointment call 894-3939.



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Golf builds lifetime of fun, friendships By Mike Mathes At Quit Qui Oc Golf Course, golf’s highest value is its ability to promote relationships between people. Playing the game is a great way to make new friendships, community connections, or build on the friendships and family connections that are already important in one’s life. Quit Qui Oc proprietors Rachel and Todd Montaba, both teaching professionals, tout the value of golf as an activity that goes beyond sport. They want all their customers to feel part of the Quit Qui Oc family. “We want Quit Qui Oc to be a comfortable place for people to stop in and enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship we offer throughout the year,” Todd said. “Quit Qui Oc represents a place where people can come together and enjoy spending time with each other,” Rachel said. On the course Golf has universal appeal that goes well beyond its competitive nature “I have played competitively statewide and nationally,” Rachel said. “But I still have as much fun as anything playing with my daughter and my mom, or getting out on the course with friends. We don’t often get the time in our lives to spend quality time together without chasing, running around to watch someone else play. Golf gives us that opportunity,” she noted. Todd added, “Golf is one of the few activities that we can do regardless of age, gender or ability level and still find it enjoyable. That’s not exactly true of all other activities.” League play benefits Rachel and Todd both endorse the many benefits of league golf play. Playing in an organized league offers many benefits to golfers. Among them— n networking in the community; n personal community connections; n a personal commitment to the game and improvement; n the health benefits of getting outside and exercising; and n motivation to play golf on a more regular basis. “For those who have played in leagues, it’s a common comment that the value is really in the people you meet. People who like to be active and enjoy golf often comment that they have met their best friends on the golf course,” Rachel said. “You also get to play with your friends and build those friendships.” Todd cautioned that while leagues do feature competition, it’s often a lighthearted and mild form of competition. “Most of the competition that people feel is self-induced—or challenging ourselves to play better,” he said. “We encourage people to play in leagues for the good fellowship and camaraderie. The best ways for a golfer to be really competitive, is to compete with your own game, and set goals for personal improvement.” Keeping track of things like a score and a handicap is a good way to improve play. “Putts and chip shots have a little more meaning that way,” he said. League offerings Leagues are available almost every day of the week at Quit Qui Oc Golf Course, which offers three championship nine-hole courses, including the original 18-hole layout, and the Glacial Nine. On Mondays, a senior men’s league plays in the mornings, while the Kiel Monday League competes at 4 p.m. A

special Monday Ladies Learn to Golf instructional league is offered at 5:30 p.m. from June through August. “That’s a great opportunity not only for beginners, but for players who just love the mentoring format,” Rachel said. Tuesday mornings feature two ladies leagues, one that plays nine, and another that plays 18 holes. A Kettle Moraine men’s league and a five-hole ladies league are offered on Tuesday afternoons. Two men’s leagues, the ex-Tecumseh league and a Sheboygan league meet Wednesdays. In summer months, a business networking league meets on alternating Wednesdays. Thursdays feature the Plymouth league, the Bogey League and a Sheboygan Falls league which tees off at 5:30 p.m. A Friday Couples League plays every other Friday night beginning in May, starting from 4-5 p.m. The junior golf program is offered Thursday mornings throughout the summer with two different times, depending on the age level of the golfer. A new prep league was started last year to cater to young golfers who may have ambitions of playing competitive high school or tournament golf. The best way to get included in a golf league is to contact the Quit Qui Oc clubhouse. All leagues are open to subs and potential new team members. Golfers are also encouraged to sign up for the Quit Qui Oc e-mails and newsletters, as well as periodically checking the course Web site for offerings. One of the strengths of the Quit Qui Oc staff, is the teaching certifications Turn to GOLF/page 38


of,” says Klotz. The Inn’s dinner menu offers guests classic supper club food and drink with a European twist. The menu boasts filets, ribeyes, and strips with rich porter demi-glace, horseradish cream, or “Oscar Style” with king crab meat, asparagus, and truffle béarnaise. Guests can sample scallops or gulf brown shrimp with roasted butternut squash risotto and lemon herb butter sauce. House entrees such as elk stroganoff and Wiener schnitzel with herb spaetzle give a nod to the area’s German roots. Chef Alan Behnke puts a unique spin on every dish he creates. The Elkhart Inn offers dinner from 5:00 p.m. Thursday-Monday, providing yet another dining option in the area on Monday nights. In days of old, townsfolk would gather here to talk over the events of the day or just enjoy a beer together—and they can

continued from page 33 still do that today. Cozy and comfortable, the Rathskeller is ideal for meeting friends for handmuddled cocktails featuring house-made simple syrups and bitters, an expertlypoured craft beer, or just sitting in front of the fire on a winter night and enjoying small bites to share. The Elkhart Inn is also a perfect place for private events where dinner groups and cocktail parties of 15-45 guests are easily accommodated, either upstairs or down. Ask about our private room located on the lower level featuring dining area, bar, and fireplace. The lower level is available for private parties up to 40 guests with advanced reservation. And be sure to try The Inn’s special events like its beer tastings and much more. To stay in the loop with all the happenings at the Elkhart Inn, “Like” their Facebook page or go to their website:

Long running history

Elkhart Inn’s history began in 1886, almost 130 years ago, when Una Tillman bought the land from resort owner, Otto Osthoff, and built a substantial Tudor style home for herself. In 1916, it was sold to Peter Brecheimer who owned it for the next 18 years and carried on a business of blacksmithing, wagon-making and securing patents on his inventions. After Mr. Brechmeier’s death, the property was bought by a Hungarian immigrant and inventor from Budapest named Carl Schwartz. In 1935, Schwartz transformed the private residence into a European-style restaurant and named it “Club Elkhart.” The ornate wood, hand-carved bar, back bar, and wood trim are all still present in their original condition. Schwartz also invented many well-known things, including the coin sorting machine, gas pump meter and music-changer or jukebox, for which he sold the patent to RCA. After three more owners, the property was sold in January, 1993, to Larry Knowles and Steve Thomas who renamed the restaurant “Sal’s Elkhart Inn.” Fine Dining in an Old World Atmosphere became the tagline for Sal’s Elkhart Inn twenty-two years ago.

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American Family agent adds office, more services By Faye Burg American Family agent Cheryl Brack enjoys helping people in their time of need. Her position as owner of American Family Insurance in Kiel allows her to do that every day. Located at 617 Fremont St., American Family Insurance offers auto, home, business, farm, life and health insurance and annuities. “We care about our clients and think of them as friends,” Brack said. “We strive to provide outstanding customer service. We have received the American Star Award for seven consecutive years, which is an award for providing an exceptional customer experience. This award means a lot to us because it is given based on responses from surveys sent to our clients.” “My agency has a combined 40 years of experience with American Family,” Brack explained. “We are very familiar with their product offerings and are prepared to assist our clients in choosing the right product to fit their needs. We offer annual insurance reviews to our clients to be sure that they will be adequately protected in the event of a claim.” “American Family is based in our home state in Madison, Wisconsin, and has provided insurance services for over 90 years,” Brack said. “As a mutual insurance company, American Family is owned by its insureds and has a major focus on being customer-driven.” The American Family Enterprise is a family of companies dedicated to delivering unparalleled service and ex-

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Local American Family employees include Gina Voland, Elizabeth Behnke, owner Cheryl Brack, Wendy Mertens and Austin Brack. Not pictured is Harmony Wusterbarth. Faye Burg photo

and receptive to us,” Brack said of the office located at 2100 Wisconsin Avenue. Five employees ready to serve Five employees assist Brack including Licensed Agency Specialists Gina Voland, Harmony Wusterbarth, Austin Brack, Wendy Mertens and new employee Elizabeth Behnke. “Elizabeth grew up in Kiel and is in the process of becoming licensed,” Brack said. “We live and work in the community and are available when you need us,” Brack added. “I provide my cell phone number to all of my clients so that I am easily accessible to them at all hours of the day.”

Brack is active in the community, serving with the Chamber of Commerce, Kiel Junior Achievement, Kiel Optimist Club and Kiel Riverwalk District. “Many people do not realize that we can help them with all types of insurance including business, farms, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, boats, Medicare supplement policies, health and life insurance,” Brack said. “We receive many calls from clients who are not aware that we offer these products.” The American Family Kids Dream family film series enables Brack to provide free movie passes multiple times per Turn to AF/page 37

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Tri-County news • Kiel Progress • Thursday, February 22, 2018

Osthoff Gardens enhance Osthoff Food Experience By Mike Mathes Great cuisine has always been a hallmark for The Osthoff Resort. Dining opportunities featuring a fresh foods approach enhance The Osthoff Experience. In 2018, expect the award-winningstandards for food and beverage to be raised even higher as The Osthoff is refining its food offerings and enhancing the branding of each of its dining opportunities. From the casual fare of the Lake Deck right on through the elegant dining opportunities offered at Lola’s, all food offerings are being tweaked and tested. For The Osthoff, the initiative is the steeped in its overall mission—to deliver the best resort experience in the Midwest. The Osthoff is advancing its “wellness” theme by placing a greater focus on raising as much of its own food as possible. Despite facing the challenges of a limited Wisconsin growing season, The Osthoff was able to produce about six tons of its own food sourcing last year in the Osthoff Gardens. “Our new Directory of Culinary Services, Patrick O’Toole has worked in food and beverage around the world, and has cooked for the King of Norway. He loves using the fresh ingredients and herbs that we grow on property to enhance our menus,” Osthoff General Manager Lola Roeh said. He is joined in the planning effort by Majarka Ford-Ziegelbauer, Director of Dining to spearhead the front of the house upgrades in service. All restaurant managers and sous chefs at The Osthoff take part in the planning team, the strategic planning proess and the genesis for all changes in the organization. Gardens abound The Osthoff has blended its gardens into the available acreage on the grounds. Herb gardens are located right outside the cooking school, allowing the produce to be used as often as nature permits. Likewise, planters with herbs and edible flowers grace the area outside Lola’s restaurant, along with rosemary trees and edible flowers like pansies and nasturtiums. At the Lake Deck, fresh spearmint is grown in season, allowing bartenders to simply grab a bunch at the beginning of their shift for signature mojitos. Eight years in play The Osthoff first began its “homegrown” garden initiative eight years ago. “Over the years we have experimented quite a bit to determine what we can be good at, and what makes the most sense for us financially,” Roeh said. “We would never be able to produce all the salad greens to meet our needs. We simply couldn’t keep up.” But, other specialties, like herbs make sense. Tomatoes have also been a focus for the organic garden. “We love to have them available to serve fresh, but we extend the fresh food of the garden into all seasons in other ways,” Roeh offered. Tomato varieties like Romas and San Marzanos work well in sauces, which are prepared to last well into the postgrowing season. Squash is a key item grown on the grounds. The Osthoff’s signature soup is made with butternut squash, featured in banquet halls as well as at Lola’s. This year, The Osthoff’s own home-grown squash was used through January. Fruits and berries harvested on the grounds are used to make chutneys and dressings for side dishes. This year, The

Osthoff is venturing into producing its own jams and jellies. With an eye on the future, The Osthoff started its very own asparagus bed three years ago, using both purple and traditional asparagus plants. That 300-plant bed is expected to produce its first large yields later this spring. Beyond the existing food cultivation opportunities, The Osthoff continues to look to integrate more gardening into its spacious grounds. “We have a lot of space that we could turn into gardens if we can make that work,” Roeh said. Restaurant identities Each of the dining opportunities offered by The Osthoff has its own unique food profiles. Part of the refining process brings focus to the food and beverage profile of each restaurant. “We want our guests to feel the identity of each restaurant by the food offerings and menu items we have in each one,” she said. Lola’s takes on the identity of a classic hotel dining room, and the aim of The Osthoff is to expand the experience to give a greater organic emphasis, with even more fresh food opportunities. Lola’s, like Otto’s also offers great outdoor dining in the warmer months. “We want to expand that as well, extendng our outdoor dining into September,” Roeh said. Otto’s, named after Otto Osthoff, has the gastropub-style menu, along with casual fare is enhanced with a historic perspective. Historic photos grace the walls, and historic recipes from the Old Osthoff days appear on the menu. The Baked Berry Pancake from the lost recipe book as an Otto’s breakfast favorite. The 1886 Burger harkens back the heritage of the original Osthoff. Otto’s serves lunch and dinner, but its breakfasts are a true highlight of The

Osthoff Experience. Brunch is also part of the Sunday fare. At the Lake Deck, The Osthoff will be expanding food offerings this summer, with new kinds of sandwiches to support the old staples. Patrons at the Lake Deck don’t have to dress up or change from their beach clothes to enjoy classic Wisconsin beach food options with signature drinks. The Lake Deck sports the old Fun Spot sign from earlier Osthoff times. The Elkhart Inn offers the traditional European supper club atmosphere. Beer tastings are planned for the future, building on a recent partnering with local Switch Gear Brewery. Elkhart Inn also looks to do other interesting pairings with beer and wine. (See a special

feature on The Elkhart Inn elsewhere in this issue). This year, the Elkhart Inn menu will add the Fresh Fish Fridays, as well as the traditional Friday fish fry to join its already solid menu of dining opportunities. The Aspira Spa Cafe enhances its wellness themes with a fresh approach to using local ingredients for salads as well as our servics. Other herbs and plants grown on the grounds are used in spa servies—all part of The Osthoff Experience. “We want to pass the philosophy of wellness on to our guests in all that we do at The Osthoff Resort,” Roeh said. “That’s a key part of the Osthoff Experience.”

Tri-County news • Kiel Progress • Thursday, February 22, 2018

Doctor to join Ascension Calumet Hospital By Faye Burg Dr. Ben Dellaria is set to join the clinic staff of Ascension Calumet Hospital as a family medicine physician later this year. Ben is a native of Lindenhurst, Illinois, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, graduating Magna Cum Laude. While at St. Thomas, Ben played for the men’s soccer team, was a resident advisor for the Catholic Men’s Floor and volunteered weekly with the Missionaries of Charity. He furthered his education by attending the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska where he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree. Upon entering medical school, Ben immediately knew he would pursue family medicine as it satisfied his passion for both service and relational care. During his time at Creighton, Ben became very involved in a student-run free clinic and the Catholic Medical Association. He also tutored and mentored younger medical students and took part in intramurals as often as he could. Ben’s tutoring including teaching anatomy and neuroscience. He was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, Gold Humanism Society and Alpha Sigma Nu, an honor society for Jesuit colleges. During his time in medical school, Ben served as clinic manager at Magis Clinic where he realized there was a need to help connect patients in the psychiatry clinic to broader care and worked to increase the level of care provided to the patients. Ben was also active with the Catholic

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Tri-County news • Kiel Progress • Thursday, February 22, 2018

Fuhrmann a service giant for over 38 years By Faye Burg After providing the area with heating and cooling services for the past 38-plus years, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is extending its quality service to include all plumbing needs as well. Jarred Ellman joined the partnership in June of 2015 to allow Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. to begin serving the area’s plumbing needs. Plumbing services offered include new construction, remodels, sales, repairs, water heaters, and water softeners. Demand for plumbing services continues to grow so Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. added another plumber, Greg Van Lanen, to the company along with a plumbing helper. Coming from the Brillion area, Van Lanen has been a journeyman plumber for eight years. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. also continues to be available 24/7 to provide residential and business heating and cooling needs. Residential and commercial From new home and business needs to existing homeowners and owners of small commercial buildings who would like to replace, upgrade or repair their heating and cooling equipment, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. thrives on their busy schedule of providing quality service to their clients. Service tune-ups have been strong through fall and winter with additions and remodeling work keeping the firm busy along with new commercial construction projects, such as Country Visions Co-op. While they service most heating and cooling products, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is primarily a Carrier dealership receiving numerous awards over the years from Carrier acknowledging their quality workmanship. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. specializes in commercial and residential heating, air conditioning, boiler systems, radiant in-floor heating, forced air heating and cooling, wood, and oil. Fuhrmann does a lot of work in new construction and existing homes, performing a nice mix of retrofits and remodeling work. Approximately 80 percent of its business is forced air heating and cooling. With the expansion of natural gas into more rural areas, system conversions have also kept the employees busy to ready their customers for spring

Golf held by Rachel from the LPGA and Todd from the PGA. Though retired, Rachel’s father, Tom Wiese is still a member of the PGA and part of the Quit Qui Oc landscape. “We offer individual lessons, and Rachel does some group clinics as part of our regular fare,” Todd said. Lessons can range from chipping and putting to full driving swing. Lesons are valuable for new players and veterans alike. “We work with each golfer to evaluate their game and come up with some reasonable goals,” Todd said. “We have those who want specifics and others who want the whole enchilada. Our teaching styles are straightforward and simplified.” Quit Qui Oc’s teachers are familiar with helping golfers recovering from sur-

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Ductless AC systems installed Central air is now standard in nearly every new home and also can be added to existing homes. Homes that have hot water heat and are without duct work can be a bit tricky to air condition and can be costly. The ductless split system air conditioners work well—and is very affordable—in those situations if duct work is not feasible. Popular in today’s homes is radiant or in-floor heat, which is often called for in basements of new home construction projects even if the owners do not plan on using it. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. does a large number of in-floor retrofits in cold floor areas and warms the area with radiant tubing either under the sub floor or in a concrete slab. It is most efficient if tubing is installed in concrete or some type of conductor of heat, as opposed to wood which is a non-conductor source. With today’s new home construction built tight and insulated well, indoor air needs to be exchanged with outside air to prevent health problems and other issues such as excess moisture and mold. Air exchange units are very common today and highly recommended. Fuhrmann installs many units along with performing duct cleaning and appliance and bath fan venting to improve indoor air quality. Annual check-ups done Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. offers residential customers the opportunity to join an annual computerized list where annual check-ups are performed and they also offer free estimates for customer projects. While offering quality products and services is important, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. practices good community relations as well. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. actively supports and helps fund local causes and trades educational development programs with generous contributions. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. holds professional memberships in the Brillion Chamber of Commerce, the Mid-Shores Home Builders Association, Inc., and the Manitowoc County Home Builders Association and employees are trained on a regular basis. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. participates yearly in the MidShores Home Builders annual Home

continued from page 34 gery to get their swing back, and regain their ability to golf. At Quit Qui Oc, building friendships isn’t just reserved for the golf course. The bar and restaurant are open year round, providing a gathering place for those who want to have a bite to eat or a cocktail with friends. Quit Qui Oc’s lunch menu is available year around, except for Tuesdays in the offseason, when the clubhouse is closed. A Friday fish fry is available throughout the year, and Rib Nights are offered on the third Thursday of every month. In addition, Quit Qui Oc is also available for hosting private parties by reservation. “We want to enrich people’s lives and create ways for them to spend time together, whether it’s golf, or cards, or majhong, or enjoying the restaurant,” Todd added.

Jarred Ellman, left, owner of Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating and Cooling stands along with plumber Greg Van Lanen.

Show each March in Chilton. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is also associated with Focus on Energy and WPS program with money back rewards. Service at Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is available 24/7, 365 days of the year with an employee always available to take customer calls. When customers call Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc.’s regular number outside of business hours, emergency calls are transferred to the employee who is on duty overnight and on weekends. The company will mark 38 years in

business with 17 full-time employees along with many part-time employees who work together to provide top-notch customer service and products to Manitowoc, Calumet, Brown, Sheboygan and Outagamie counties. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is located at 304 E. Water St., Brillion. More information can be found on their Web site at The firm also may be reached by calling (920) 756-3277 or e-mailing

Tips to help entrepreneurs Entrepreneurs, it is time to stop and give yourself a pat on the back. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, firms with fewer than 500 employees account for 99.7 percent of all businesses in the U.S. And the SBA finds that 60 percent of new job creation comes from small businesses. Still, one of the top challenges that small businesses face today is attracting new customers and keeping existing customers engaged. Part of that solution is always looking ahead so you can capture their minds and hearts, so you can then capture the sales—with these simple tips for small business success. Be a joiner: If you haven’t already, become a member of your local chamber of commerce as well as neighborhood business groups. Cross-promote: Pair up with a second business in your neighborhood and find

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Quality service at Stanley Schmitz for over 61 years By Faye Burg Stanley Schmitz, Inc., has been the local source for quality appliances, service, and dairy center needs for over six decades. Originally started by founder Stanley Schmitz in 1957, the business is now owned and operated by four of Stanley’s sons including, Ron, Gary, Pat and Wayne. Stanley’s daughter Shirley Olig and son Bob also assist with day to day operations. The second generation family owned business serves four area counties including Calumet Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Fond du lac. Stanley Schmitz, Inc. offers customers a chance to search a large selection of major appliances and water care products including water heaters and water softeners at everyday low prices, promising to carry only the best high quality and dependable products from top brands including Amana, AO Smith, Danby, Frigidaire, Kitchen Aid, Maytag, Reliance, Samsung, Water Right, and Whirlpool. The company is a long standing family owned business with knowledgeable and friendly sales staff trained to assist customers to select the right products to fit their needs and budget. Stanley Schmitz, Inc. features a large showroom with kitchen displays that helps customers picture what new appliances could look like in their homes. Located in rural Chilton, the company also provides professional installation and delivery with prompt and depend-

able service for the surrounding communities and counties of Calumet, Fond du lac, Sheboygan, and Manitowoc for the life of your appliance purchase. Proud to offer 24 hour service Company President Pat Schmitz said they are proud to sell and offer 24 hour service, working for 61 years in the Dairy milking and cooling equipment business from GEA Farm Technologies, Inc. “We sell modern day equipment including milking parlors and futuristic robotic milking systems as well as other supportive equipment to provide the farmer with top of the line equipment to support them in achieving their goals for a sustainable and profitable farming business,” he said. “You can almost say that we deliver the milk from the cow to your home refrigerator,” he said. “For more than 38 years Stanley Schmitz, Inc. has also sold and serviced multiple lines of quality home appliances,” Pat added. “With 13 current employees dedicated to providing services after the sale and beyond, in the end we believe it’s our great staff that sets us apart in this industry,” Pat said. Also grateful for their large and loyal customer base, Pat said, “Our business would not exist without their loyalty and support and the support of this great community we live in. To that we shout out a big thank you. We hope to continue that relationship now and into the future.” Peace of mind is what you can ex-

Stanley Schmitz, Inc. is the local source for high quality appliances and service and dairy center needs. Faye Burg photo

pect when you do business with Stanley Schmitz, Inc., now and after the sale, knowing you are receiving the best selection, price, and service offered.

The company is located at N2340 CTH G in Chilton and can be reached by calling (920) 849-4209.

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Tri-County news • Kiel Progress • Thursday, February 22, 2018

PFCU continually improves experience By Mark Sherry Progress is a constant at Premier Financial Credit Union. Continually looking for ways to improve the credit union experience is expected when the members who benefit from those improvements are also the “owners” of the financial institution. 2017 was yet another year of programs and promotions which benefitted the members of Premier Financial, and more is in store for 2018. Looking to the year ahead, the Board of Directors of Premier Financial Credit Union has approved the implementation of an instant issue debit card. Steve Nothem, president and chief executive officer of PFCU, said there are many details to work out with the new offering so it might not be ready until later this year, but he added the credit union staff is excited to be able to offer members the ability to get a new debit card the same day they come in to ask for one. In addition to serving new members who wish to have a debit card, the instant issue service will benefit those members who may have lost their card, had it damaged, or in this era of cyber crimes had their card compromised. Lessening the pain “People today truly can’t be without that debit card,” Nothem said. “When you’re without your debit card, you’re without money.” He said Premier Financial wants to “make that pain less” when something happens to a debit card or when members open a new account and are hoping to get debit card access to that account as soon as possible. While instant issue cards could end up being the new product highlight of 2018 at Premier Financial, certainly one of the promotional highlights of last year at PFCU was its “flip-flop” loans. Starting last summer and running for four months, Premier Financial offered area borrowers the opportunity to switch their loan(s) from other financial institutions to PFCU with a guaranteed savings on interest rates of anywhere from 1/2 to 2 percent. Many members experienced an even greater savings since the Credit Union loan rates were more favorable than the interest rates they were currently paying. Those who took advantage of the flip-flop special often saw an immediate savings due to a lower monthly payment and will also see a savings in the overall interest paid on the loan. As a matter of fact, here is a little tip for readers of this article—while PFCU is not currently advertising the loan flipflop promotion, the experienced loan specialists at the credit union still will honor the promotion at this time. It is scheduled to “officially” come back this summer, but PFCU’s loan specialists advise “sooner the better” when it comes to trimming interest rates. Decisions made locally One of the great advantages of the New Holstein-based credit union—with offices also in Kiel and Chilton—is the fact that decisions are made locally. Loan applications are not sent to another city, state or country for yes-or-no decisions to be made, and applicants are not kept waiting days for a decision to be made. Nothem said the character of a local loan applicant is still taken into consideration when making decisions. “We will still make a $50 loan if it’s in the best interest of the member,” Nothem said. “By in large, credit unions still serve the underserved.” A person only needs to live or work in Sheboygan, Calumet or Manitowoc counties—or

Staffing the Kiel office of Premier Financial Credit Union are (from left) Branch Manager Peggy Goch, Chris Kline, Rachael Siehs, Natasha Kornetzke, Shari Hechel, and Nancy Boutchard. Mark Sherry photo

parts of Fond du Lac and Outagamie counties—to become a member of Premier Financial, and they need only have $5 to open an account. While Premier Financial certainly serves “the little guy,” it also offers commercial loans for mom-and-pop businesses but also large, local industries and businesses. Chris Schultz is the dedicated business lender for Premier Financial and has been with the credit union for almost two years. Although new to Premier Financial Credit Union, Chris had 31 prior years of experience in the business lending field. Home loans also are available at PFCU, of course, and they feature low closing costs. Members were saved even more money during a portion of 2017 when PFCU offered a no closing costs special, and look for that to be advertised again this spring. Financial counseling offered Premier Financial helps members be wise with their money in yet another way—offering the help of financial counselors. Kiel Branch Manager Peggy Goch, New Holstein Member Relations Specialist Karen Lisowe, and Chilton Branch Manager Fritzy Brady each received the designation through months of reading, study, and examinations in the last two years. Goch explained new Certified Credit Union Financial Counselors (CCUFCs) received training on lending for the under-served populations, budgeting for households, and budgeting so that loan payments are at a comfortable level for consumers. Goch said she feels the information she learned in obtaining her CCUFC designation has benefitted Premier Financial members. Nothem added that often times the need for counseling comes to light when people are applying for a loan. Lisowe emphasized that financial counseling is not just for current PFCU members but for anyone who might be struggling with finances. “They need to want the help,” she said, adding that all assistance is confidential and nonjudgmental. She encouraged anyone in need of help to simply call their local PFCU office for this free service with no obli-

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gations. “We get them on track,” Lisowe added. “It’s very individualized.” In addition to these services, Premier Financial continues to offer family friendly activities for its communities, such as the annual Easter Egg Hunt in New Holstein, a night at the New Holstein Aquatic Center, a back-to-school concert in the park, and appearances by Mr. and Miss Christmas Mouse. Premier Financial also has played a role in financial literacy in local schools,

including the longtime sponsorship of its branch inside New Holstein High School. With a bill recently being passed in the Wisconsin Legislature requiring financial literacy education in schools, Premier Financial was ahead of its time but also is prepared to lend assistance to local schools to help them meet their requirements. It is all part of the credit union’s efforts to continually help its members and communities as it progresses each and every year.

Kiel Progress briefs 2018

Zion Lutheran in its 2nd century

Zion Lutheran Church of New Holstein celebrated its centennial in 2015. The congregation was officially incorporated in 1915. Zion has been served by 11 pastors during its history and blessed by God’s grace with dedicated members and staff. The congregation currently is being served by the Rev. Azor Cigelske. Sunday worship services are presently at 8:45 a.m. with a year-round Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Sunday School classes are offered for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at 10 a.m. A high school Bible class and multiple adult

Bible studies are offered on Sundays and other days of the week. Fellowship groups and organizations include the Women in Mission, Lutheran Youth Fellowship, and the Altar Guild. A Maundy Thursday communion service will be held at 7 p.m. and Good Friday services at 1:30 and 7 p.m. The Easter Sunrise service is at 6:30 a.m. A second Easter Sunday service will be at 9 a.m. The public is cordially invited to attend any and all services. Other upcoming events include the annual Pancake Supper in April and Vacation Bible School in June. VBS is open to all children whether or not they normally attend Zion.

Tri-County news • Kiel Progress • Thursday, February 22, 2018


True Value: Hardware and a lot more By Mark Sherry Hardware is still at the core of New Holstein True Value—but there is so much more. There is no better way to find out all that the store has to offer than to stop in at 2204 Wisconsin Ave. (STH 32/57). Ownership by the Reese family dates back to 1987, a major remodeling of the store took place in 2009, and Melissa Reese has owned the store for the past 4-1/2 years. Despite all those years of consistent, quality operations, Melissa said customers discover New Holstein True Value for the first time on a weekly basis. “We’re getting a lot of people saying, ‘We didn’t know you have this.’ ‘You have a beautiful store—this is my first time here.’” Along with new visitors to the store has come a boost in sales, and Melissa said there may be multiple factors making that happen—a new facade put on the store in the last few years, an influx of new residents in the area, a broader advertising effort, and an improved economy. Don’t have it? Just ask No matter the reason, new customers at New Holstein True Value are learning what longtime customers have known for decades—New Holstein True Value has it, and if they don’t they can likely get it all while providing friendly, experienced service. “The internet is huge,” Melissa said about the changing trend in shopping, and to a large degree New Holstein True Value has adopted the old saying, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” While the store has tens of thousands of items in it, there is even more at www.truevalue. com. With direct-to-store service, people can browse the Web site, order something, and have it shipped to the store within days. If assistance is needed in finding something in-store or online, Melissa, Jeff Dietz, and the rest of the veteran staff is ready and willing to help. New customers quickly learn that there is little Melissa cannot do when it comes to projects in and around a home or business. Need some pipe cut? She and others at New Holstein True Value can do that. Ditto for rekeying locks, repairing window screens, mixing paint, and about 100 other things. Having a woman as one of the go-to people in a hardware store has been an adjustment for some customers over the years. “I am in a man’s world,” Melissa admits. She talked about one recent and new customer who was hesitant to seek her advice at first but eventually said with a smile, “You’re starting to grow on me.” “Grow” is a fitting word to use at New Holstein True Value as the store has

Jeff Dietz and Melissa Reese work hard to provide the best products and services at New Holstein True Value. Mark Sherry photo

been in a continual growth mode for many years. When the neighboring dry cleaning business closed its doors, True Value took over those services with the help of a Green Bay-based dry cleaners. The space which the New Holstein dry cleaners occupied eventually will be turned into an outdoor living showroom with expanded offerings of pool and spa chemicals, coolers, grills, patio sets, and more. The staff has been so busy with day-to-day operations that it has not been able to finish that project, but Melissa said she plans to have it done within the next year. Another big area of growth at True Value gets back to internet shopping. New Holstein True Value handles United Parcel Service (UPS) shipping services, including prepaid packages. “Everything has changed—there is so much done online now,” Melissa said. With 10 to 30 packages coming in and going out daily, New Holstein True Value serves as a convenient hub for shipping out UPS packages and a drop-off for prepaid packages—and it also gets people in the door to see all the other things the store sells and does. One local woman buys her horse feed online and has it shipped to New Holstein True Value. Another customer needed antibiotics for her chickens, and


now she gets them through New Holstein True Value. Like a fast food chain’s slogan of years ago, special orders don’t upset the staff at New Holstein True Value. A key aspect they offer which big box stores and the internet struggle with is top-notch, person-to-person service. Melissa said Jeff often says, “I sell them what they need, not what they come in for.” There is no arrogance in that statement, just a statement of fact of the many times the staff has figured out what a customer really needs to properly complete that home improvement project. “If I don’t know, I’ll tell you I don’t know,” Melissa said. More equipment acquired The continual enhancement of New Holstein True Value has included new additions to the large equipment rental department, such as a commercial dehumidifier, a walk-behind concrete grinder, and a tile chipper. “I want to keep building the rental department and expanding the store with unique items to provide to

our community and surrounding areas,” Melissa said. A few years ago that included the addition of Benjamin Moore paints to New Holstein True Value’s paint line. The store continues to offer a color matching computer and a customer paint database, two great tools for getting just the right color. Melissa said whites and neutrals are hot paint colors right now, and that chalky paint continues to be popular. “People are trying more things because of the internet,” she said. At the fall market, Melissa picked up 54 new displays. She and Jeff recently attended a show in Washington, D.C., and they will be going to a rental show in New Orleans. Anyone who knows Melissa knows she will come back with plenty of new items to enhance the New Holstein True Value shopping experience even more. “They almost need to come in and see what we have,” Melissa advises customers, and that is sound advice from an experienced hardware store owner. online COMMUNITY! contribute•share•inform•link•learn•enjoy•participate

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Tri-County news • Kiel Progress • Thursday, February 22, 2018

Celebrity 20 Questions The Chilton Furniture Twins Today’s Celebrity 20 Questions features two well known local advertising personalities- A pair of twins from Chilton Furniture, located in the Southside Shopping Center in Chilton. You have seen them in newspaper ads and in TV commercials talking about their rather simple but unique concept of being “really laid back”. They call themselves Business Jerry and Casual Jerry. So we thought we’d give you a chance to meet the twins in up-close-and personal fashion. They have never been seen together in public, and with the exception of the newspaper, it is rare that you will ever find them on the same page. But here are some of their answers to the pressing questions of the day. What’s the deal with the number 90? Is it your favorite number? Business Jerry: I never had an opinion one way or another. But it is really starting to grow on me. Casual Jerry: To me it sounds substantial and exciting. It seems the number 90 makes people sit up and pay attention. And besides, we do always have at least 90 recliners on our showroom floor. Do people ever come in and ask to count the Recliners? Casual Jerry: Yep, can you believe it? Some people can be such skeptics! Business Jerry: They sure do. When I get the question- “ Are you sure there are 90 Chairs?” I offer to give them a personal guided counting tour. I’ve never had to give one of those tours. Do you really have 90 on the floor at all times? Or is that just a gimmick? Business Jerry: Actually, we usually have over 100. Casual Jerry: 90 fits really nicely on my Jersey. And I’m not about to gain more weight just to fit the number 100 on my chest! So with all of this Recliner talk, can we assume that Recliners are your favorite department in the store? Casual Jerry: The only place that I could possibly be more laid back would be the Mattress Department. Business Jerry: Just like a good parent, it’s never wise to pick favorites. We are really proud of every department in our store. And they are all very important to our business. But just between you and me, I do have a slight leaning toward the Recliners. Which one of these recliners is the favorite? Business Jerry: I’m going to have to let you ask him! (Pointing to Casual) Casual Jerry: Which ever one I can fall asleep in the quickest. Did I say that out loud? Why so many recliner styles? Business Jerry: Every one of our

customers is different. So we need to have the right chair for each of them. Casual Jerry: I hate to sound like that Bubba guy in the movie. But we have recliners for big guys and recliners for little ladies. We have Recliners in sofas and recliners in Loveseats. We have recliners that lift you and recliners that massage you. Power recliners and recliners with tilting headrests. Recliners in leather and fabric recliners that look like leather. Yep, we have a recliner for just about anyone! What’s your favorite brand of living room furniture in the Chilton Furniture Showroom? Business Jerry: That’s kind of a loaded question, because there so many options to consider. But I really love the quality of our Smith Brothers Upholstered furniture. Handcrafted and bench made, Its as close to heirloom quality that you can find in today’s market place. But to be honest, we have a wide variety of brands to fit everyone’s style and budget. Casual Jerry: I have to be honest. Me and my La-Z-Boy have a very tight relationship, if you know what I mean. What’s your favorite color? Casual Jerry: I think they’re all great. That’s why rainbows are so beautiful. Business Jerry: I would say its the color that makes each of my customers the most comfortable in their home. So you could say my favorite color changes with every customer! Will you ever where those Hawaiian shirts again? Casual Jerry: I wouldn’t mind shaking things up a bit on occasion. But those decisions are made by Mr. Serious over there! Business Jerry: For me? Probably not. The New Years hat and Kazoo have already moved me out of my comfort zone. I’ll leave the Hawaiian stuff to him. How do you feel about sharing the spotlight with a twin? Business Jerry: The day that I introduced my twin brother is the day that things started hopping around here. As

laid back as he is, people really seem to like him. Casual Jerry: Hey Thanks brother. I was always told that my reclining skills and laid back attitude wouldn’t get me anywhere. Look who’s laughing now! Can you think of anything nice to say about your twin brother? Business Jerry: Casual has a way of keeping things light around here. He helps make this a relaxing place to be. Casual Jerry: Someone has to be the adult in the room. He’s the best man for the job. So...How laid back are you really? Casual Jerry: Just like you see in the commercials. No more. No less. Business Jerry: Never judge a book by its cover. Its always better to look inside and see for yourself. The same is true for us and our staff. You have to come and visit us to find out for sure. What’s the best time to shop at Chilton Furniture? Casual Jerry: Hmmmm! Whenever the doors are unlocked? Business Jerry: How about: Monday and Tuesday, 9-5. Wed, Thurs, Friday: 9-8. Sat: 9-3. But not on Sundays. We all need that day to spend time with our Faith and our Families. So tell me why I should trust you guys to teach me about how I can get a better and healthier nights sleep? And why I should buy my new mattress from you? Business Jerry: Great question. First and foremost, you should always consider purchasing from someone who earns your trust. That reigns true for your groceries, your car, your clothes, and yes, your mattress. Second, we have a very wide selection of sleep systems to offer from the best Brands. And we know how to match their features and benefits to the needs of our customers. Personally, I would love to teach you about the features of our New Tempur-pedic mattresses with adjustable power bases. They are awesome! Casual Jerry: Its Simple. I have a lot of experience in the rest and sleep


We, the undersigned, hard-working staff of Chilton Furniture, who have to serve under the self-proclaimed celebrity presence of the two Jerrys hereby give permission for said Jerrys to serve as celebrity representatives o f Chilton Furniture on our behalf. While we, of course, continue to do all the work! Gail Schabach: Sales and design associate - 29 years Rhonda Roepke: Sales and design associate - 20 years Laura Meier: Office Manager and Sales Associate - 17 years Cathy Dreiling: Sales and design associate - 2 years Dave Mallmann: Warehouse and delivery manager Jim Manz: Warehouse and delivery Tom Konen: Warehouse and delivery Drew Price: Warehouse and delivery Florence Mallmann: Environmental Preservationist (Yes, Mom’s the Cleaning Lady!)

departments. What sets you apart from other Home Furnishing stores? Business Jerry: That question requires a multi-faceted answer. First. We are a full service furniture and flooring retailer. That allows our customers to work with the same sales and design associate for an entire decorating project. Under the same roof. Kind of a one stop shopping experience. Second: Our staff has tons of experience. Its that experience that helps point our customers toward their goal of a beautiful and comfortable home. Casual Jerry: Is he done talking yet? Its simple. We are really laid back. And we let our customers do the same! When they are in our store, the stress of the high pressure salesman goes away. Why should people come to shop at Chilton Furniture? Business Jerry: Seriously, we offer a completely different shopping experience. No salesman following Turn to TWINS/page 43

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you around with a clipboard. No high pressure. You get to shop in total relaxation. We are here to help you as much or as little as you want. Its your call! And our showroom is beautifully decorated to allow your mind to wander and imagine. That’s where the low pressure experience comes in. Casual Jerry: I couldn’t have said it better. Did he mention that we’re really laid back? What’s the best thing a customer has ever said to you? Business Jerry: Thank You. Casual Jerry: Its a tie between: “Hey, Wake Up!” and “Do you really have a twin?” Any last words of wisdom? Casual Jerry: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Business Jerry: At Chilton Furni-

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continued from page 42 ture, we really are laid back. Editors Note: We did our due diligence in investigative reporting. Chilton Furniture does indeed have more than 90 recliners on their showroom floor. And they really are laid back. And by the time I finished this interview, so was I!


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CACHF provides strong support for community

Growing the base fund Such generosity requires a solid financial base. Calumet Area Community Health Foundation currently has approximately $5.4 million in its base fund. The Calumet Area Community Health Foundation continues to reach out to individuals and groups in the community to request their help in building up the fund’s balance. “We truly rely on the community to keep this fund working properly to pay dividends back to the health care community,” Calumet Area Community Health Foundation President Glen Calnin said. Tax exempt public trust Calumet Area Community Health Foundation (CACHF) is a tax exempt public charity trust, operating exclusively within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The Calumet Area Community Health Foundation was created in 1997 with the same spirit and sense of community, as when Ascension Calumet Hospital began in 1954. Prior to Ascension Calumet Hospital’s decision to affiliate with Affinity Health System almost 20 years ago, Calumet Medical Center’s Board of Directors had the foresight to establish the foundation. They accomplished that task as a means

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of maintaining the presence of the hospital in Chilton for the community’s long term future. Through an agreement with Ascension Health care and its affiliations, the Calumet Area Community Health Foundations gives assurances to the community that Ascension Calumet Hospital will always be part of the area’s health care provider systems. When the foundation was created, its base of funds stemmed from a portion of community investments that had previously supported the hospital. Over time, other contributors both small and large, have continued to help the fund grow. The foundation’s presence provides community members with a reliable entity though which their contributions support continued, quality-driven health care facilities and professionals in the Calumet area. The Calumet Area Community Health Foundation is governed by a local board of directors. Current directors include Andy King, Kim Rietbrock, Jenny Derks, Joe Mathes, Glen Calnin, T. J.

The Calumet Area Community Health Foundation continues to support the growth and services of Ascension Calumet Hospital. Pictured are CMC Administrator Jenny Derks and CACHF President Glen Calnin. Faye Burg photo

Friedrichs, Tony Sweere and Gene Tipler, M. D. Foundation President Glen Calnin looks forward to working together with Ascension Calumet Hospital and the community at large to advance health care in the greater Calumet County area. “We are very fortunate to have the hospital we have right here in the heart of our county,” he said. “The foresight of

the Foundation’s founders was a gift to us all as we collectively work toward even better health care for Calumet County. The new facilities combined with the dedicated staff of Ascension Calumet Hospital is truly an asset that adds to the quality of life in our communities.” “Donations to the Foundation have the ability to make all of our lives better for generations to come,” he added.

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By Faye Burg Health care has a strong supporting partnership in the greater Calumet County area. The partner is a community-supported public trust known as the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation. Through community contributions the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation continues to support medical training, education, and health care equipment/facilities needs for the benefit of the wider Calumet area, most recently completing a $3 million pledge for the renovation at Ascension Calumet Hospital. Since the foundation was created in 1998, the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation has served its mission statement well. That statement reads, “Promoting the health, welfare and health related education which indirectly or directly support and benefit Calumet Medical Center and the health of citizens residing within the Chilton, New Holstein, Kiel, Hilbert, Potter, Stockbridge and Brillion Zip Codes.” To date, approximately 90 percent of all grant money awarded by the foundation has gone to support Ascension Calumet Hospital, in conjunction with its mission. Largely, the fiscal backing has supporting infrastructure needed for continued excellence in health care through services provided at Ascension Calumet Hospital.

Tri-County news • Kiel Progress • Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Best choice in stone is Buechel

If you want quality and a company that will be there from concept to completion, then the only real choice in stone is Buechel Stone. Buechel Stone provides the best, most dependable experience in the natural stone industry—guaranteed. 2017 was an eventful year. What started with big ideas turned into a year of risks, growth, and triumph for Buechel Stone. The company kicked off 2017 by opening a fabrication facility in North Carolina to support the launch of 28 new stone veneer products. It proved to be one of the most ambitious endeavors in Buechel Stone’s 53-plus year history. An interior remodel of their Fond du Lac Showroom produced wall panel displays for creating high-quality imagery to showcase on a newly revamped Web site and updated product literature. But ultimately, the company credits its successes to an in-

credible staff at all locations. Because no accomplishments would have been possible without Team Buechel, the company continued its Extreme Anniversary Program. Don Fesing celebrated his 40-year anniversary with a well-deserved seven-day all-inclusive trip to Mexico for two. A DeWalt drill, TV, kayak/bike package, charter fishing expedition, stove/fridge combo, and $500 to $2,000 cash were just some of the other gifts dedicated to honoring tenured team members. Buechel Stone continued their commitment to a healthy workplace with an onsite garden plot, nutrition awareness, corporate yoga classes, and wellness challenges. They closed out the year with team building and safety training. As the company enters 2018, Buechel Stone is preparing for even more growth by raising their investment in talent with an increased referral bonus ($300 after six months and $600 after a year for both the referrer and the new person). For more information on career opportunities visit https://www.buechelstone. com/careers/.

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Tri-County news • Kiel Progress • Thursday, February 22, 2018

What sets Farm & Home apart?

It’s the people!

Each year when I am contacted by Delta Publications to participate in the Progress special editions I go through the same process—a reflection of what changes we have made to our business within the last year. There are the additions of new product lines, a bit of remodeling, and even the dropping of some product lines that have just outlived their usefulness. Which of these changes had the greatest impact on my business and which meant the most to our customers? Then it came to me—our people make the difference. My wife Nancy and I have had the privilege of working with some pretty fantastic people in the nearly 22 years that we have owned Farm & Home. We have one associate who has been here well over 20 years, five who have been here over 15 years, and three more who have been here over 10 years. Our staff are not just sales associates but members of the community. They are your neighbors and friends and are eager to assist with your project. Our mission statement has always been this: At Farm & Home we are here to help! We at Farm & Home are very proud of expanded product lines, the beefing up of our inventory levels, the roll-out of our overhauled Web site (, the many postings on our new Facebook page, our new ship to store program that allows you to shop from the convenience of your home, and our new cooperative effort with the Eastshore Humane Association that offers you a one-time 10 percent discount on pet supplies when you adopt a new pet. All of these changes are useful, helpful, appreciated, and some are just downright neat, but what makes the greatest impact is the staff. —Kim McKeen

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Financing mistakes can impede growth of business Starting a business can be tough. Growing one can be even harder. Dr. Nacondus Gamble knows this all too well. After her optometry practice, The South Eastern Eye Center, began to establish a reputation for great patient care, Dr. Gamble decided she was ready to expand. So she began looking for business financing to open another location in Georgia. That is when she discovered that many lenders do not share her commitment to high-quality service. “I called a couple of places, but I just felt like they were taking advantage of me,” she said. “It was unnecessarily harsh.” Dr. Gamble ended up borrowing through Funding Circle, an online platform focused exclusively on small business loans. Known for its speed, transparency and customer service, Funding Circle has helped more than 40,000 businesses around the world get financing, said co-founder and U.S. managing director Sam Hodges. Today there are more options than ever before for businesses looking to grow. While some of these newer options can offer a significant leg up, others can actually end up doing more harm than good. So how can you get the best deal on a business loan? It helps to watch out for these three common mistakes: 1. Not understanding the true cost of your loan When shopping for a business loan, it is easy to become overwhelmed by fasttalking salespeople, endless strings of acronyms and confusing terms. If it is unclear how much you will really pay for financing, that is a good sign you should walk away, Hodges cautions.

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