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Tri-County news • New Holstein Area Progress 2017 • Thursday, March 30, 2017

A.J.’s Tire has new, prime NH location By Mark Sherry It is good for a community to have a strong business presence at the gateways to the community, and the move in the past year of A.J.’s Tires Sales & Service to the city’s south side has done that for New Holstein. While A.J.’s Tires is officially located in the town of New Holstein, it is the first building people see upon entering New Holstein from the south along STH 32/57. The buildings have sat empty or underutilized in recent years, but that started to change when A.J. and Becky Rach purchased the property about a year ago. After several months of having Diamond Doors & Building of Kiel add a large, new warehouse and put an addition onto another existing building, A.J.’s Tires opened for business on Nov. 1. The tire business is hardly a new thing for the Rachs and employees Syl Halbach and Curtis Schmitt. A.J. had worked for years for another tire shop but when he got laid off in 2004 he decided to go out on his own. He purchased a tire repair truck and already had the room to work in a shed at their 35-acre farm on Kiel Road. A.J.’s Tires quickly made a name for itself by serving area farmers, truckers, and residents. Asked what he feels sets A.J. Tires apart from competitors, A.J. said, “We service after the sale.” He added that he has good employees, their prices are in line with any other tire outlet, and they are responsive and flexible in serving customers at all hours of the day and night. Becky assists with the company’s

A. J. Rach (back), owner of A.J.’s Tires Sales & Service, and employees Syl Halbach (left) and Curtis Schmitt travel northeast Wisconsin in company trucks providing tire service for the agriculture sector and all other tire customers.

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books while also working as a medical claims analyst. The move of the business from the St. Anna area closer to New Holstein proved beneficial for Becky as she does her medical claims work from

an office at A.J.’s Tires because of the improved internet service. Their dog Molly also keeps her owners company at the office. A.J.’s Tires Sales & Service handles

just about any size tire for all types of vehicles, but its primary focus is on the agriculture market. A.J.’s Tires’ three Turn to A.J.’s/page 4 A

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service trucks will go out to farms and replace or repair everything from giant tires on today’s modern and massive tractors, wagon tires, pickup truck tires, and even tires on wheelbarrows. Hydraulic jacks on its service trucks and even a small crane on one of the trucks help handle the massive tires used on some of the equipment. Since today’s larger farms are even owning their own semi tractors/trailers, A.J.’s Tires services those vehicles as well on the farm. Serving trucking firms as well Small trucking firms are another key customer for A.J.’s Tires, with most of those semis being driven to A.J.’s shop for service. The addition put onto one of the buildings at the business’ current location allows semis to be backed into an enclosed bay to be repaired. A.J. said he and his service personnel have travelled as far south as almost Milwaukee to do work, and as far north as Denmark. A.J. said their service territory is basically between Lake Winnebago and Lake Michigan, although he recalled the time during the “tire shortage” in 2008 when he shipped a tire to California. He added that there is not presently a shortage but that tire prices

New Holstein Progress briefs 2017 continued from page 2 A have universally increased with the rise in the cost of raw materials including rubber and steel. Another advantage of their recent move to STH 32/57 is visibility, and that is already paying off in several ways. A.J. said they most definitely welcome the business of the everyday motorist in their passenger cars, crossovers, SUVs, and pickup trucks. Those customers should call A.J.’s Tires at 894-7200 to schedule an appointment and they will have to bring their vehicles to A.J.’s shop for service. Appointments can usually be made promptly as A.J.’s Tires either has the necessary tires in stock or can get them quickly. The work itself is done equally promptly. Commenting on another advantage of A.J.’s move to New Holstein’s south side, he said, “Business people see me out here and they know I’m in it for the long haul.” He added that he still enjoys visiting with customers and going out to farms to talk with farmers while helping them get their equipment back in service as quickly as possible. He and his employees have been known to go out all hours of the night, and someone is on call every weekend to help their customers’ rubber meet the road.

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The club has 61 members. Both men and women are active in the club. There are four charter members still very active in the club. The membership age ranges from 26 to 87. The club’s major fundraisers are its Big Bucks Night in April and the June Golf Outing. A profitable rose sale is held in March. A Community Calendar sale was started this year. Each year the profits from that will go to a designated community group. The club also sponsors Breakfast with Santa each December and a breakfast during Airport Day in July. Lions are making a difference in New Holstein and around the world, whether it is screening vision, providing eye glasses or hearing aids for low income persons, collecting used eye glasses and hearing aids, building a ramp for a wheelchair bound neighbor, or helping to gather food for the food pantry. Lions are there to make life better for those in need. Becoming a Lion allows people to give back while growing their leadership skills through training and hands-on project management. For more information on joining the New Holstein Lions Club contact Al at 753-3702, Jason at (920) 286-2022, Tim at (920) 360-7300, or Zach at (920) 716-3610.

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Premier Properties Realty had another record year in 2016. Dave and Jean Amel—the Amel Team—listed and/or sold 97 properties in 2016. Properties are selling very fast. Interest rates are still about 4 percent. Premier Properties Realty specializes in residential, country, waterfront, investment, and commercial properties. “Help us do more of what we love,” Jean said. “There is nothing more gratifying to us than helping find homes—that safe, love-filled haven where dreams are born. And it’s even more wonderful to help a friend or family member of one of our clients or associates with whom we’ve already established a relationship and a bond of trust. If you know of someone who is ready to buy or sell a home, we would be honored if you would pass on our names. Your referral is the highest compliment we can receive.” Call Jean at 980-6222 or Dave at 9804477. Their office is located on Wilke Lake, rural Kiel. Check out their Web site at “Expect the best—we care,” Jean said. “We look forward to working with you soon.”

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Klapperich family invests in Mt. Calvary By Mark Sherry Mark and Terri Klapperich have made a big investment in Mount Calvary, and now they are hoping to build those investments into businesses which the area can and will support. As owners of Mark Klapperich Floor Covering, Mark and Terri have had a showroom at 201 Fond du Lac St. in Mount Calvary for the past 13 years although Mark has worked in the floor covering trade for 38 years. The showroom has done very well, Terri said, allowing customers from a radius of about 30 miles around Mount Calvary to come in and see and touch flooring samples before Mark and his crew installs them. The business had done so well, in fact, that the Klapperichs were in need of some additional storage space. A funny thing happened on the way to trying to find that space—they acquired two more Mount Calvary businesses. Liked it during walk through Along with son Tanner, 24, the Klapperichs first toured the bowling alley located behind the flooring business showroom. The bowling alley had been closed for about two years and was up for sale. Upon doing a walk-through, however, Tanner commented on how the establishment looked like it was turnkey ready to begin operating again. The Klapperichs purchased the property and Tanner’s Pins & Pints opened for business last October. UT Similarly,COME   a monthCHECK   later theOKlapperichs found themselves the owners THE  Nthe EW   FEATURES   of Maximillian’s, banquet hall just

down Fond du Lac Street from their flooring showroom. Anyone who has owned one business knows the high volume of work and responsibility which goes into it. The Klapperichs now have that times three or, as Terri pointed out, times five in her case as she also sells a line of health products and works as an independent travel agent as well. With Tanner serving as the manager of both Tanner’s Pins & Pints and Maximillian’s, the Klapperichs have spent the winter getting their feet wet in both businesses.

Open for lunch presently Maximillian’s currently is open only for lunches Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for special events as they continue to search for a chef. Once a chef is found, waitstaff can be hired and Maximillian’s can reopen for dinners. Terri said Maximillian’s will offer supper club favorites including fish fries. In the meantime, Maximillian’s has not exactly sat silent. Tanner has worked to bring in bands for weekend gigs, including a recent successful performance by Road Trip. On the evening of Good Friday (April 14), the band Star Six Nine will play. Several wedding receptions are already booked for the coming summer, and three funeral dinners already have been hosted. Parties from just a few people to up to 700 can be hosted at Maximillian’s. Whatever the occasion and whatever the size of the party, Maximillian’s can handle it. To date, food has

Maximillian’s in Mount Calvary has played host to a number of stage shows in recent years and is continuing to do so under the ownership of the Klapperich family as they work with Pankratz Arts Exchange. Watch for information soon on this summer’s show series. Auditions will take place in April.

been catered in from area restaurants but, again, Terri said they hope to change that very soon with the hiring of their own chef who will have well-equipped kitchens both upstairs and downstairs from which to work. To inquire about booking a function at Maximillian’s, call 753-2853. Terri said they will continue their partnership with Pankratz Arts Exchange to

be the host of the several times per year stage shows performed in recent years at Maximillian’s. The Christmas show went off without a hitch, and PAE is planning its summer show there as well with auditions taking place in April. Equally busy already has been open bowling at Tanner’s Pins & Pints, alTurn to mount/page 8 A


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Schmidt helps friends explore country By Mark Sherry After chatting with Helen Schmidt for a while, it is hard not to start humming one of the songs Johnny Cash made famous—“I’ve Been Everywhere.” Schmidt is in her 39th year as the owner and operator of Tri-County Tours and, yes, she has been just about everywhere. Asked if there are any states to which she has not been, Schmidt said Hawaii and reminded this interviewer that she really, really does not like to fly. “Where did the time go?” she asked as she looked back on a career which started with her arranging some tickets for a group of friends. Major country music acts were already coming to Green Bay in the 1970s, and Schmidt’s husband was a big country music fan as were other friends. In the late 1970s Schmidt arranged for 45 people to go to dinner and a show. She said she did not make a penny in arranging that trip and she might not have realized it at the time, but her travel packaging career was under way. One of her next experiences in her budding career came when her sister-inlaw wanted to visit friends in Mountain Home, Arkansas, with Schmidt’s new car getting them there. Friends encouraged them to also check out Silver Dollar City, a theme park just outside a sleepy little Missouri city by the name of Branson. There were 15 music shows along the stretch of narrow highway through Branson. Learning about busing That trip gave Schmidt the idea that other people from the greater Kiel area

might want to experience Branson as well, but she said she knew nothing about busing at the time. That changed when she agreed to chaperone one of her daughters and other Kiel High School band and chorus students on a trip to St. Louis. While in a hotel one night on that trip, Schmidt had the opportunity to talk with two of the bus drivers who provided her with information and insights on arranging bus tours. Not long afterward, Schmidt worked to offer a seven-day trip to Branson for $158 per person. In the process she became one of the first tour guides to offer a bus tour to that city. Many others followed, of course, and Branson grew and became commercialized to the point where Schmidt said she feels it lost its charm. She said she has been there only twice since 1992. But there are plenty of other places in the country to explore, and Schmidt has helped thousands of people do just that over the years. “I do it because I enjoy what I’m doing,” she said. “I love the people.” Schmidt knows a couple from the Louis Corners area who were on one of those first trips to Green Bay and who still take Tri-County Tours trips today. She also smiles when thinking about a group from the Mount Calvary area who has enjoyed going on many of her trips. Schmidt worked with Discovery Travel in the early years and today sells for Mayflower Tours, Lamers Tour & Travel, and Nationwide. “I’m more of a consultant,” she said of her role these days, adding that she works a lot with

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Owner Dan Schneider and his crew of experienced craftsmen also are working with the Lakeshore Technical College/ Kiel High School Youth Apprenticeship Program. The company’s Web site——has been updated to make for smoother operation. Schneider & Schneider Construction is a past Builder of the Year winner from the Midshores Home Builders and the Manitowoc Home Builders. Schneider

Schneider & Schneider Construction of New Holstein has been providing residential and commercial new construction and remodeling services since 1991. With its home office at 1908 Wisconsin Ave. in New Holstein, Schneider & Schneider also will be opening a location in Manitowoc this spring.


though the lanes were not reopened in time to host any leagues this season. That business is currently open seven days per week—Mondays to Fridays from 3 p.m. to close and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to close. It will be closed on Mondays starting in the summer. With eight lanes of bowling available, Terri suggests that large groups call ahead to 753-1133 to make sure space will be available. While there is a full kitchen at Tanner’s Pins & Pints, presently they are serving pizza in addition to having full bar service. Bowling parties of 40 or fewer people can be accommodated at Tanner’s Pins & Pints. While the family gets up to speed at Maximillian’s and Tanner’s Pins & Pints, it is full speed ahead at Mark Klapperich Floor Covering. Terri said they handle just about anything that can be put on floors—carpet, pre-finished wood, tile, and laminates.

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a tour director who lives in Wisconsin. continued from page 6 A Installers travel from New Holstein and Kiel to Mayville and Horicon and all points in between to do new or remodeling work, residential and light commercial. Terri said grays, blues, and blacks are popular right now from a color standpoint, while Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) and Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) are popular material choices. LVT looks like ceramic tile but provides a warmer feel, while LVP provides the look of wood. Some of those products carry lifetime warranties for residential use, which says a lot about their durability. Carpeting also continues to be very popular, she said. The showroom at Mark Klapperich Floor Covering is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment only. Stop in or call 753-4400 for more information on this business—one of a handful being operated by a very busy Klapperich family.

Memorable trips While Schmidt is not personally along for the tours as much as she once was, she still travels on occasion and continues to have memorable experiences. One example was a recent “Christmas Mystery Tour” to Michigan in which she said two bus loads of people had a very enjoyable time touring such places as the Gerald Ford Library, the Ford Motor Company plant in Detroit, the Edsel Ford Mansion, Motown, Frankenmuth, Battle Creek, and more. The mystery tour is just that—people get on the bus knowing how long they will be gone but not where they are going. Along the way of the last four decades there have been plenty of other memorable trips as well. Schmidt said she enjoyed the 1984 trip in which the bus left from her home on CTH XX outside Kiel and drove to Alaska, although the return trip was via air. Schmidt also said she especially enjoyed a railroad trip to California. Plenty of unplanned moments happen along the way as well. She recalled a bus

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continued from page 7 A trip out east in which a lunch stop was made at a restaurant off the expressway in Pennsylvania. During the lunch hour the on ramp was closed for some reason, and when it came time for them to leave what they thought was an alternative route “ended up in a coal mine,” she said. They ended up in a little town along a river with homes built into the steep banks. “It was so neat,” Schmidt said, adding, “We had a special escort out of town” when a police officer guided them off a road which was too narrow for a bus and back toward the expressway. Schmidt has now turned over her oneday tours to Kiel’s Missy Brandt, whose work with the Kiel Community Center helps her spread the word about the excursions. Schmidt continues to assist her and also helps sell other trips, such as an upcoming trip to Florida with 28 people signed up and one to the Southwest in March with 38 signed up. She added that she plans to continue helping people explore Wisconsin and the rest of the country until she simply cannot do it anymore. “It is a bundle of fun,” she said. “My loyal customers today are friends.”

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Services plentiful at NH True Value By Mark Sherry If it is true that a rolling stone gathers no moss, then there will not be any moss anywhere near New Holstein True Value. Even if there were, chances are good the store would have some type of product or service to take care of it. Melissa Reese, Jeff Dietz, and the rest of the staff at New Holstein True Value continue what is now a decadesold tradition of continually upgrading, improving, and changing their store to keep up with trends and changing times. They are never at a loss to talk about the progress of the past year or the year ahead as something is always new at New Holstein True Value. Even the list of services provided by New Holstein True Value—many of which they have been doing for a lot of years—is enough to leave a person breathless. That list includes United Parcel Service (UPS) shipping services, window and screen repairs, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) license sales, key cutting, rekeying of locks, cutting and threading pipe, sharpening services, fax service, and photocopying—just for starters. Dry cleaning services offered Also added in the past year are dry cleaning services. When the dry cleaning business located next door to New Holstein True Value closed, True Value became a drop-off and pick-up point for those services which are performed in Green Bay. Reese said she is impressed with how much dry cleaning comes in and out of True Value each week. Soon New Holstein True Value cus-

Melissa Reese and Jeff Dietz stand behind the extensive Weber Grill and outdoor living area at New Holstein True Value. Before long that area might be on the move into the new 1,500 square foot space which formerly housed Imperial Cleaners. Mark Sherry photo

tomers will be walking in and out of the former dry cleaning space as well. Reese said a hole has now been cut in the wall between the two buildings and sometime this summer True Value will be occupying the additional 1,500 square feet,

perhaps with its extensive Weber Grill displays and other outdoor living items. That will necessitate a resetting of at least a portion of the store, something New Holstein True Value last did in 2009. While the affected aisles are clos-

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Buechel Stone recalls busy 2016

2016 was a year filled with philanthropy, accomplishment, and change for Buechel Stone. An energy audit resulted in a brighter 2016. By the end of the first quarter, Buechel Stone implemented the Wasmer Company’s LED lighting proposal. It proved to conserve energy, save on costs, lessen demands on local electric systems, and improve quality light levels at all facilities. When Buechel Stone’s artisans, technicians, and staff were not at work, some of their tenured talent received gifts for use during off time. A DeWalt drill, $750 cash, and a weekend in Vegas were some of the benefits enjoyed by recipients of an Extreme Anniversary Program implemented by the company last year. Buechel Stone was also honored for its continued commitment to a healthy workplace, earning a Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America. The company was one of nine Fond du Lac area companies to receive the award. In May, Buechel Stone held its second annual Penny War. According to wellness points earned by participants, the company and individuals donated pennies toward five local non-profits (chosen by people at the company). Individual donors contributed $840 with the company kicking in $685; that is over 150,000 pennies for great causes close to home. The biggest change came with the retirements of two influential leaders.

Before retiring in May, Chief Financial Officer Tom Paul helped achieve growth out of challenging times. An even bigger change came with the retirement of President and Owner Tim Buechel in late December. Active with the company his entire life, Tim and his brothers acquired it from their parents in 1977. His


ers enter from the parking lot there. “It’s going to refresh things,” she said. “Because Jeff and I work so much, we have been able to put money back into the store,” Reese said. They are the epitome of hands-on operators, always at the store to help customers find what they need or to offer suggestions to solve those do-it-yourself challenges. Both have decades of experience in all types of home repair issues and they are more than willing to share what they know.

From small to big projects That can be as simple as changing a light bulb—which actually is not all that simple these days. The light bulb industry has changed rapidly and may continue to do so, but once again New Holstein True Value stays on top of the latest changes and the staff is there to help show customers their options. Maybe the home repair job is a big one, but there, too, New Holstein True Value can help with its expansive rental department which is constantly upgraded. Dozens and dozens of tools which a homeowner or even a contractor might

ownership stake was passed to his son Mike. Scott Buechel succeeded Tim as president. Upon retiring, Tim Buechel credited the Buechel Stone team as a “great group that will continue to surround (the future leadership) with thoughts,

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continued from page 9 A need are available for rent, including a second lift which was recently acquired because the first one was rented out so much. Even if the “job” at home is to throw a great party, New Holstein True Value can help there as well. From party supplies to tents to four new bounce houses which have been acquired, New Holstein True Value rents out everything needed for functions of all sizes. Perhaps above all Reese said she wants New Holstein True Value to be known as the local paint destination. “I would say it’s starting to evolve,” she said. Custom computerized paint matching is a service which certainly helps establish New Holstein True Value as the place to go for paint, as does the store’s ability to call up exactly what color customers have used in specific rooms in the past if they are stored on the computer system. New Holstein True Value also carries multiple specialty paints and supplies, including an expanded selection of DecoArt paints. Look for a paint special offered in New Holstein True Value’s ad elsewhere in this section.

And when checking out at New Holstein True Value, do not forget to pull out the True Value Rewards card. Thousands of customers are using it there to save money and get rewards, and new customers can easily sign up to receive those benefits as well. The list goes on of what New Holstein True Value offers, often because of customer demand. Pet supplies were recently expanded and Reese said she would like to double them again because they have done well. Maple syrup production supplies and beekeeping supplies are both new additions. Spa and pool chemicals and supplies are in the store and Reese said she is looking to increase them. Melissa & Doug toys continue to be popular as well and a full spring line has arrived at New Holstein True Value. “There are things we’ve tried which haven’t worked,” Reese said, but that will never stop them from trying something else. Nor will it keep them from working hard to make New Holstein True Value the best store it can be for its customers.

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It’s all about nature at Bleating Heart Bleating Heart Haven Farm and Gallery is all about nature and natural living. In a world where so much is synthetic and manufactured, fiber arts, nature photography, and the farm are connections to what is natural and real. Whether people spin, weave, knit, crochet, felt, or just enjoy the art of those labors of love, a piece of the natural world runs through fingers of owner Cindy Ellenbecker at Bleating Heart Haven located at W1993 Thede Rd., New Holstein. Visitors to the farm can meet the four different breeds of sheep there—Blueface Leicester, Cormo, Corriedale, and Shetland)—the Angora goats (mohair producers), or the Angora bunnies (Angora producers) that grow the fleece. They also can shake the hand of the shepherdess who raises them. Although Ellenbecker has her Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of WisconsinMadison, she never stops learning. This summer she will graduate from Olds College in Olds, Alberta, Canada to become a Master Spinner. No colleges in the U.S. offer a degree exclusively in spinning. “It’s been a seven-year journey, but refining an art you love is indeed fulfilling,” Ellenbecker said. Bleating Heart Haven has migrated from exclusively selling breeding stock to offering raw fleeces, natural and dyed locks, kettle-dyed and hand-painted roving, and yarn. All fiber is strictly from the fiber animals on the farm. In addition

there are a variety of hand-knit and handfelted finished boutique items for sale. “We all know ‘done’ is a good word,” Ellenbecker said. Also at Bleating Heart Haven visitors will see resident chickens free-range, a paint horse, a spotted miniature donkey, a variety of cats, and a friendly yellow lab. A huge vegetable garden and a flower garden tease the senses as people meander up the driveway, and a willow patch from which the baskets offered for sale in the gallery are made is part of the aura of the farm. The gallery offers everything wool and mohair—socks, mittens, fingerless gloves, hats, handbags, vests, scarves, wraps, sweaters, jewelry, and baskets for home décor. Fiber arts is a niche business and for that reason the shop is on the road part of the year exhibiting at the Madison KnitIn in March, the Jefferson Sheep and Wool Show in September, the American Club Christmas Market in November, and the Old World Christmas Market in Elkhart Lake in December. Ellenbecker also helps plan major local events. She was instrumental in getting the Rural Arts Roadtrip: Fine Art, Food, and Fun off the ground in 2013, and successfully secured state tourism monies by writing a grant for marketing the event in 2014 and 2015, the only years eligible. Rural Arts Roadtrip is an Turn to bleating/page 12 A

Cindy Ellenbecker is the owner of Bleating Heart Haven and Gallery, located at W1993 Thede Rd., New Holstein.

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Chamber promoting business by awareness Business owners are often guilty of believing most consumers know what their business is about and what products or services it has to offer. If that were true, there would be no need for advertising, marketing, and promotion. The New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce is tasked with helping existing businesses, including in the area of promotion. Its Promotion Committee— currently chaired by B. J. Jaeckels of The Olive Branch Picture Framing—is one of the organization’s most active on a year-round basis and will be again in the year ahead. “The focus for 2017 will be promotion through awareness,” Jaeckels said. “Many of our members are well known in the community, and maybe as many are not well known. The Promotion Committee evaluates the previous year’s efforts to determine what is working and what is not. In 2017, efforts will be made to remind the community of the businesses that call New Holstein home and encourage them to make these businesses their first choice.” Jaeckels said ideas include direct to home mailers, mapping, a calendar, Take2 Vlogs, and expanding the use of social media to “Promote through Awareness.” Some of those efforts have already started, such as the Take2 Vlogs. These are short videos of local business owners, managers, or employees chatting for just a couple minutes about their business. The videos can be viewed via the

Chamber’s Facebook page. This is a free service offered by the Chamber, which does the video and posting work. The videos are just one example of how the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce tries to have fun while at the same time volunteering their time to help fellow business owners. Another example from the past year is the use of “cash mobs” in which Chamber members show up in force at a local business at the same time—similar to “flash mobs” seen on the internet—to spend a little money but, more importantly, show those businesses that they are valued by the Chamber. Local businesses supporting other local businesses is obviously an emphasis of the Chamber, as is encouraging the public that “Local Matters.” The ongoing promotion reminds local consumers that local businesses help add to the property tax base, employ local residents, and support local schools, organizations, and causes in a variety of ways. As the owner of one New Holstein retail store says elsewhere in this section, “You have to support your local businesses if you want them to stay around.” The message seems obvious, but Chamber officials said it is their duty to keep repeating it. Current officers of the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce are President Wendy Jacobs of Willowdale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Vice President Mark Sherry of Delta Publications, Secretary Melissa Reese of New Turn to CHAMBER/page 13 A

The New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce works to welcome new businesses to the community as well as new members of the Chamber. One of many welcomes last year was Mike Goebel (center) of Altitude Roofing. He was welcomed by (from left) President Wendy Jacobs, Vice President Mark Sherry, and Treasurer Cheri Reedy.


annual roadtrip (second weekend in October) with nine stops at rural farms and art studios in Calumet, Manitowoc, and Fond du Lac counties. Each site hosts a variety of artists and participants. Other area businesses have come on board as advertisers since the event has a distribution of 25,000 brochures. This year’s Rural Arts Roadtrip will be the fifth and is scheduled for Oct. 13-15. Learn more at the Web site and Facebook pages. In 2015 Ellenbecker also launched the Rites of Spring: Fiber Frolic which is essentially a yarn shop hop in northeast Wisconsin. She wrote yet another

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grant to secure state tourism monies to market the event in 2016. The Rites of Spring is also an annual roadtrip event the first weekend in May with 12 fiber arts stops between Lake Winnebago and Lake Michigan. This year’s event will be the third year and is scheduled for May 4, 5, and 7. Coffee shops have signed on as well to offer refreshments to fiber enthusiasts. There are also Web site and Facebook pages for Fiber Frolic. To learn more about Bleating Heart Haven Farm and Gallery—founded in 1989—call (920) 286-0971, e-mail, or check out









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Holstein True Value, and Treasurer Cheri Reedy of BMO Harris. Along with Executive Secretary Renee Jaeckel, the officer team tries to set the tone of being a fun, forward thinking organization. It also emphasizes, however, that the Chamber is nothing more than the collective New Holstein area business community. Jaeckel is the only part-time employee, with everyone else volunteering their time to do whatever they can to help the New Holstein business community. More members, more volunteers, and more ideas are always welcome. The New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce raises funds through events including the recently held Raffle Night at the Altona Supper Club, an annual 50/50 raffle, and the Golf Outing held the last Monday in July. Those funds help support activities throughout the year including the Distinguished Person of the Year Dinner each January, the Reality Check program for middle schoolers, Night on the Town in July, and Country Christmas each December, among others. Special programs also are held from time to time for business people and

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citizens from throughout the area, such as the recent active shooter program held in cooperation with the New Holstein Police Department. Chamber meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month starting at 7:15 a.m. at the New Holstein Community Center in Kiwanis Park. Meetings are open to everyone and all are encouraged to attend, whether or not they are a member. New members are always welcome. Membership dues are very reasonable and are based on the number of employees at a business. In the past year the Chamber also encouraged membership from local service clubs and churches, and a number of those have already joined as a way of increasing networking throughout the community. New businesses to the community are welcomed by a contingent from the Chamber bearing a plaque, and new owners or business locations also are recognized. For more information about the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce check out the Web site or find it on Facebook.

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Coming and going

Gebhart retiring at Feldner; Schneider begins career By Mark Sherry Like most young people of the time and still today, Mark Gebhart did a little bouncing from job to job after graduating from Chilton High School in 1969. When he finally landed at Feldner Chevrolet in St. Cloud in 1970, he was hoping to stay a little longer than he had at Kaytee, Hedrich Construction, and Lake to Lake. Given that it is now 2017 and Gebhart is wrapping up a 47-year career at Feldner, it would seem he accomplished his goal of job longevity. “This was my second family here,” Gebhart said of his coworkers at Feldner Chevrolet over the years. On Tuesday, Oct. 3 of this year he will turn 66 and said his last official day at Feldner will be that Friday, Oct. 6, although he left a door open a crack by saying he would come back to help if needed during busy times of the year. Gebhart also will be kept busy continuing to manage the Uptown Commons residential building in Chilton with wife Arleen, something they have done the past eight years. Speed gives him a chance Gebhart said like a lot of young men in the ‘60s he toyed around with cars. He also attended the new vehicle unveiling with his parents which was put on at Feldner Chevrolet each year by Ambrose “Speed” Feldner. At one of those showings he approached Feldner about

Kevin Schneider (left) continues his learning from Mark Gebhart, who is retiring after 47 years at Feldner Chevrolet.

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whether or not he needed a mechanic, and a career which would last almost half a century was born. Feldner Chevrolet sent Gebhart to an apprenticeship program in Milwaukee, and for the first four or five years of his

career at Feldner’s he repaired vehicles. Feldner owned the old railroad depot across the street from the showroom and garage and was using it for storage, but in the mid-1970s the building was converted into a sales and service location

for boats and snowmobiles during their respective seasons. Gebhart specialized in that area of the business, receiving Turn to FELDNER/page 15 A

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additional training in outboard motor and boat repair from Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac. Over the years he earned top honors in the snowmobile and allterrain vehicle (ATV) area and was an Arctic Cat Catmaster technician in the powersports area. Gebhart attributes his long and successful work career with having been born and raised on a farm and being taught a strong work ethic from an early age. He said he was taught to “respect your elders” and also this lesson: “If you’re going to do a job, do it right the first time.” He said he really enjoyed working for each of the owners of Feldner Chevrolet during his tenure—Feldner, Eugene “Pedro” Wagner, and now Joel Wagner. Thanks for the years Joel Wagner returns the compliment, thanking Gebhart for his many years of service and commending him on his performance over the length of his career. Joel also said he is thankful for all of Feldner Chevrolet’s customers, whether they come to buy new or used vehicles, have service work done, or check out a boat or snowmobile. Wagner said he knows that having employees like Gebhart are a big reason why Feldner Chevrolet has been able to attract and retain customers over the decades. And now the next generation of employees might be getting their feet planted at Feldner Chevrolet. As Gebhart is working his final spring and summer at Feldner, Kevin Schneider, 25, is learning the ropes and bringing some new services to Feldner Chevrolet.

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Motorized equipment is hardly a new thing for Schneider, a 2010 graduate of New Holstein High School. He said he was driving his first four-wheeler at the age of 2, working in his dad’s Mount Calvary small engine shop by the age of 12 for $20 per day, and bought his first four-wheeler when he was 13. Schneider has done all-terrain vehicle motocross racing at Chilton’s Gravity Park as well as throughout the Midwest, including Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Iowa. He said he still does some racing but slowed down a little after purchasing a house in St. Cloud about two years ago—which has turned out to be quite convenient now that he is working at Feldner Chevrolet. Formal training for Schneider Schneider received his Small Engine Certificate from Moraine Park Technical College his first year out of high school, then went on to the Power Sports Technology Program at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton. There he competed in the Skills USA Competition, taking second place. While he said it has been difficult to leave the family business, Feldner Chevrolet has seemed like the right fit for Schneider. “Love it,” he said. “Close to home, everyone is so nice, friendly.” Schneider and Gebhart provided a few interesting side notes which make it seem as though it is almost karma that Schneider is embarking on a career at Feldner Chevrolet. Schneider’s first day on the job was Oct. 3—Gebhart’s birthday— and both mechanics are left handed. Both men also enjoy working on small


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Year of additions at Treasured Moments By Mark Sherry Last year was definitely a year of progress for Treasured Moments Photography & Design with the addition of a new studio—and a new baby. Rachel and Nick Rolf had their new home-based studio well under way last year at this time and had it open for business in May. The timing worked out well for moving their studio from downtown Kiel to a new, separate building adjacent to their home at W2347 Kiel Rd., New Holstein. “Everything turned out as we had planned and prayed for,” Rachel said of the new studio which allows her much more flexibility both in meeting with customers and spending time with her family. Family members played key roles in constructing and finishing the new studio building, which includes a room for Rachel to meet with clients and do her computer editing of photographs; a room to hold the many props which can be used in her portrait photography; a handicap accessible restroom; and, of course, the studio. Since the move Rachel has added several new backdrops and has expanded her newborn-wear (headbands, wraps, knits, etc.). These mixed with ones Rachel had in her Kiel location. Rachel also blended colors to paint one wall in the studio to serve as a background, while on the opposite wall a faux white bricking was recently completed to provide an entirely different and new look as a background. Additional props are found in the studio, and Rachel said she always enjoys it when clients bring props along which are important to them as well. More options for larger groups The new studio and their rural setting

With samples of some of their photography on the walls of their new rural New Holstein studio, Rachel and Nick Rolf pose with children Zander, 7; Alexis, 5; and Eden, 6 months. Mark Sherry photo

also allows Treasured Moments more variety when accommodating larger families and groups. Rachel said she has more options available than what she could offer before. Not all her photography takes place at her studio, of course, as she will travel to scenic locations or sites which are

special to the subjects she is photographing. Rachel said the new home base for Treasured Moments seems to have opened up some additional destinations for her photography, including locations in Chilton, New Holstein, Elkhart and the “Holyland” area. Along with some natural settings lo-

cated on the property, some seasonal outdoor scenes have been created and more are planned for this spring and summer. Backgrounds, props, and settings are important, but so are the skills of the photographer and how they work with Turn to TREASURED/page 17 A

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Treasured people of all ages. “I really like the variety and the flexibility,” Rachel said of her profession. “I like to photograph newborns, but I like to do weddings, too.” And of course so much in between. “There isn’t much I don’t like to do because each stage of a child and life have their unique moments,” she said. What’s a good day for her? “It depends on the day really. It could be getting a newborn baby peacefully sleeping, a happy smiling baby, capturing a romantic or special moment at a wedding, having fun with a senior shoot, or even getting a good workout chasing a 2-year-old.” All types of photography In addition to portraits and weddings, Treasured Moments provides just about any other photography service needed including high school senior photos (see the ad in this Progress edition for their current Senior Session sale) and photography work for area businesses. To give the public an even better feel for what Treasured Moments can do,

continued from page 16 A the Rolfs will be redoing their Web site ( in the next few months with updated photos and information. The new Web site will be much more mobile friendly and a new feature that will be available is that people can purchase gift certificates direct on the site. Treasured Moments’ photo booth also continues to be a popular attraction, making appearances at weddings, business and community functions, and school events including proms. Because of the continued popularity and increase in bookings Rachel said they are currently looking for an additional person to staff the booth at these events. (Contact Rachel for information.) Rachel said she continues to enjoy the photography profession, and it apparently shows in the work she does and in her relationships with customers. To find out more about Treasured Moments Photography & Design or to schedule an appointment at the new studio, call (920) 901-9270.

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Plumber keeps up with changing times By Mark Sherry With each passing year, Todd Schmidlkofer can make another tally mark for the number of years he has been a licensed plumber. And with each passing year, he acquires more knowledge and experience which only benefits the customers of Todd’s Plumbing. Working out of his rural New Holstein home and a small shop in Brillion, Schmidlkofer provides plumbing service work, plumbing installations for kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects, and plumbing installations for new construction. “The industry is constantly changing,” he said. “You’re constantly learning things about business and about plumbing.” As a trained, licensed, and experienced plumber, it might surprise some people to learn that Schmidlkofer does not necessarily have a problem with doit-yourselfers trying to do some simple plumbing installations on their own. In his usual laid back and easy to get along with style, Schmidlkofer said he understands the need for people to try to save a few bucks. But he does have some words of advice for those people. For starters, do-it-yourselfers should know that plumbing codes often change which in itself is a good reason to rely on a licensed plumber who is kept up to date on the latest changes. Secondly, if a do-it-yourselfer embarks on a project and finds themselves stuck halfway through, Schmidlkofer said they are welcome to call him in for help at (920) 418-1004.

That has happened more than once in his seven years of owning Todd’s Plumbing and his 15 years in the trade.

A lot of service work Schmidlkofer said service calls occupy a lot of his time these days with everything from repairing clogged drains to replacing worn out water softeners, sump pumps, and toilets. Life expectancies on today’s appliances can vary depending on the manufacturer, he said, but he also advises people to keep their water soft in order to extend that life. Home and light commercial remodeling projects also keep Todd’s Plumbing busy, with bathrooms generally being where you will find him. “It varies,” he said. “Sometimes you have a run of kitchen remodels.” Equally varied is what people are doing with those bathrooms and kitchens these days. “More people are going traditional,” he said, but there are still others who like to add a little pizzazz to their bathroom and/or kitchen. Manufacturers are glad to accommodate those desires as technology has impacted the plumbing trade just as it has every other aspect of society. From touch-on-and-off faucets to “self-cleaning” toilets to designer shower wall inserts, Todd’s Plumbing can get it and install it. But he also is willing to share his experience and advice on whether or not the latest is really the greatest. As an example, Schmidlkofer said he has seen the popularity of touch faucets diminish as everything from electrical Turn to todd’s/page 19 A

Todd Schmidlkofer has owned Todd’s Plumbing for the past seven years and has 15 years of experience in the trade. Mark Sherry photo

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interference in the home to a curious cat—including when the homeowner is away—can turn on those faucets. “I’ve seen it where you think it’s like a ghost,” he said with a smile. Showers with multiple heads spraying water from every direction also can be seen on just about every home remodeling TV show these days and, once again, Todd’s Plumbing can get them and install them. He also provides the homeowner a free estimate of the relatively high price of those types of showers. “I like to believe that I listen to the home owner,” he said. “I hope they’re happy with my installations.” Todd’s Plumbing has access to all the name brands of fixtures including Kohler, Delta, Mansfield, American Standard, and others. Those fixtures can be used in new construction as well, something Todd’s Plumbing does within about a 30-mile radius of New Holstein including going into the Fox Cities, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, and all points in between. Whether it is new construction or remodeling, Todd’s Plumbing also works closely with other contractors to make sure projects stay on schedule and are done right. If a wall or floor has to be opened up for a tub replacement or some other work, skilled carpenters and/or drywallers are brought in to patch it up the right way when the time comes. Customers also can rest easy knowing that almost all the time the work being done by Todd’s Plumbing is being done by Schmidlkofer himself. He does use some part-time help at times and said he would not mind someday employing a

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full-timer, but he also said he is just fine being a one-man shop. With another year under his tool belt, Schmidlkofer said he continues to enjoy what he is doing. “I do like meeting new people,” he said. “I frequently get new customers.” Whether the customer is new or repeat, Todd’s Plumbing is ready for another year of quality service.

Optimist Club serves NH youths

New Holstein’s Optimist Club has served local youths for over 25 years through a variety of annual activities. The club has been the sponsor of the annual Punt, Pass & Kick competition,

as well as regular Husky Hangout events on Friday nights for middle school age youths. The club also fills sandboxes around Mother’s Day and gives a $200 scholarship each year to a New Holstein High School student. New members are always welcome and are needed. Call (920) 286-1305 for more information. The club meets at Optimist Park on fourth Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

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Like phoenix, Riverhills rises from ashes By Mark Sherry Most people know a little bit about the myth of the phoenix. According to ancient Greeks, the phoenix was a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. It is often depicted as dying in a show of flames and combustion, with a new bird arising from its ashes. If Amy Jo Stevenson of Riverhills Embroidery and Screenprinting would choose to use a phoenix as her business’ logo, it certainly would be fitting. Stevenson is bouncing back from a fire several months ago which significantly damaged her rented retail store location on Milwaukee Drive in New Holstein. She was at home just a few miles north of the city when she got an early Thursday morning phone call saying fire trucks were responding to her store. As she approached the location she saw fire trucks everywhere. “I stood there and I swore a little bit,” she said. “Then I immediately went into ‘now what’ mode.” Was planning to sell business What made the entire incident unusual is the fact that Stevenson was within 48 hours of officially selling the business when the fire broke out. In essence, the fire ended that deal but Riverhills Embroidery and Screenprinting goes on as does Stevenson’s associated business, Shirts n Giggles. “In the end, it’s not the way I planned it, but I’m in a great place,” she said. Stevenson explained that she had been wanting to exit the storefront aspect of her business anyway, and had been plan-

This image of Amy Jo Stevenson’s dog Bentley breaking through the rear window will be on Stevenson’s colorful pickup truck which New Holstein area residents will see around the community.

ning on traveling to Cleveland, Ohio that Saturday to pick up the embroidery machine she planned to use for Shirts n Giggles. Her business up and running the Monday after the fire. Riverhills continues to do embroidery,

screen printing, trophies, and some signs. She said she has retained many of her customers and is staying busy providing service to them as she also heads into the busy season of Shirts n Giggles. Sometime this spring, Stevenson said

she plans to have a new pole shed constructed adjacent to her home so that she can move her equipment, supplies, and products out of her garage and home. Turn to riverhills/page 21 A

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That will make room for her to park her newly painted pick-up truck in the garage. Area residents will be seeing the colorful, distinctly painted truck around the area very soon. That truck also is used to tow her Shirts n Giggles trailer all over the Midwest and beyond. For a number of years now Stevenson has been setting up portable shop at soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, and other youth sports tournaments. In five minutes she or her helpers can put a child’s name, number, and tournament logo on a shirt. Many of those shirts are tie-dyed as she joked, “Tie-dyeing won’t die.” Stevenson said Shirts n Giggles will continue to be present at the big New Holstein Youth Soccer Tournament in June and that it is her busiest day of the year. She also is present at the Kiel Soccer Tournament in June. But she also will be traveling as far as Georgetown, Texas this spring for a tournament, and in recent weeks has been set up at youth basketball tournaments around the state. There are times when Shirts n Giggles is represented at more than one event on a weekend with the assistance of some helpers. She also said she might consider a future “winter tour” in the South with Shirts n Giggles, or possibly out West as children Naomi and Raven are both now living in the Los Angeles area. Ra-

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ven recently graduated from Columbia University and is a fellow at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Hollywood. Son Derek is still in Chicago working for the number-one restaurant corporation in the world. Although she said she enjoys hitting the road with Shirts n Giggles or to see her kids, Stevenson also said she still enjoys face-to-face contact with her customers. While she has a Web site and Facebook presence, she said she does not want to become an internet/ mail company. As an example, students or staff members who order apparel through her Web sites nhhuskygear. com or will have the finished products dropped off by her at those respective schools. Students from those schools also are being invited to design a new sign for Riverhills Embroidery and Screenprinting which will replace the existing one along STH 32/57 near Tecumseh Road. Any student who submits an entry will receive a coupon code good for 20 percent off an online order, and the winning designer will receive a prize. Designs should be submitted to school art teachers by April 15. A phoenix does not have to be on those designs but, again, it certainly would be fitting for a business which has emerged from the flames.

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Cute, tasty, experienced

Several new additions at Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly By Mark Sherry Three new things in the past year at Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly in New Holstein could be described with the corresponding words cute, tasty, and experienced—but just make sure the right connections are made. The “cute” is the baby boy which store manager Jack Blattner and wife Taylor had about 3-1/2 months ago. Residents of New Holstein for the past two years, Jack said they are looking forward to raising their son—and any more children who might come along—in New Holstein. “It’s a great community,” he said. The baby’s name, by the way, is John Paul, and that connects to a “tasty” addition to Blattner’s in the past year. The store’s Meat Department has added new steak products which are drawing great reviews from consumers. Jack said they were searching for a name to put on the products, and John Paul Steaks were born. That leaves “experienced” as the last new addition of the past year at Blattner’s, and it is also in the Meat Department—or, rather, he is also in the Meat Department. Ken Diamond became the new Meat Department manager about two months ago. Former manager Greg Kautzer is still working at Blattner’s but as he winds down toward retirement he has turned over the reins to Diamond. Hoping to relocate Diamond is a Green Bay resident who said he is hoping to relocate his family to the New Holstein area. Having worked in other grocery chains and at another Piggly Wiggly in the past, Diamond is bringing significant experience with him to Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly. Jack said they are pleased with the expanded options Diamond is implementing, and Diamond said he is extremely impressed with the New Holstein store and that he really enjoys working for the Blattner family. Diamond joins two longtime department managers at the New Holstein Piggly Wiggly in Deli/Bakery Manager Bonnie Kautzer and Produce Manager Tom Boldt. Those three managers head up departments which are critical to the success of Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly and really all grocery stores these days. The Blattner family has continued to make improvements in all three departments. The Produce Department has been rearranged in the past year to be “opened up” more for the consumer. In addition, a greater emphasis is being placed on cut, ready to eat fruits and vegetables to make preparation easier for today’s busy consumer. The Bakery Department also has been opened up more for consumers and occupies a prominent spot right at one of the store’s two main entrances. Blattner’s deli continues to be a very popular stop for busy lunch and dinner customers looking for hot and/or cold dishes made fresh daily. Patriarch of the store The patriarch of the Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly stores operating in New Holstein and Sheboygan Falls, John Blattner said he likes the direction the New Holstein store is headed. “We’re really, really trying to improve our fresh Produce Department,” he said. “We want quality. We’re after the repeat sale.” Along those lines the Blattners said they would love to

Ken Diamond (right), the new Meat Department manager at Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly in New Holstein, and Manager Jack Blattner hold a package of John Paul Steaks named after the new baby of Jack and wife Taylor. Mark Sherry photo

be able to purchase and sell more locally grown produce but have not been able to find a lot of vendors offering suitable quantities. Any local growers who might have an interest in working with the store are encouraged to contact Jack. The Blattners said sales were up in 2016. “I think people are figuring out who we are,” John said. “I think we’re being accepted as part of the community.” That said, the Blattners believe there is always room for improvement—both on their end and on that of the consuming public. Since they purchased the New Holstein store a few years ago, these Progress stories have chronicled multiple improvements and changes made to the store by the family. As an example, coming soon will be a new greeting card and gift bag supplier who will offer less expensive options in those items. Another new feature being finalized soon is an expensive upgrade to the checkout equipment at both stores so that the more secure chip credit cards can be read by the systems. As consumers watch the prices ring up on those new screens, it is important for them to note that they are very much in line with what people pay at “big box” grocery stores. While those stores are often adept at offering a few “loss leaders”—products at very low prices to lure shoppers in—there are many other products offered every day at Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly where they beat the competition. Factor in having to drive 25 or more miles to some of those stores and any perceived savings are likely to be long gone. The same holds true with fundraisers. From brat fries hosted at Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly to cake sales conducted by organizations with the help of the store, Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly has been a strong corporate citizen in helping out the community. The Blattners said all they ask is to be given the chance to quote a price on whatever local groups and/or businesses need. “Ninety-five percent of the time I can give you the best price,” John said. The Blattner family has invested much

to remain the New Holstein area’s local grocery store. The message seems simple but it is always worth repeating as John did when he said, “You have to support

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Not just laid back but well-rested, too By Mike Mathes Are you looking for a great night’s sleep? Your answer may be simpler than you think. The latest and best innovations in sleeping comfort are now available at Chilton Furniture Chilton Furniture’s laid back approach has always been about customer comfort. Since July, Chilton Furniture has introduced the Tempur-Pedic line of sleep systems in its sleep center. Tempur-Pedic mattresses have a growing reputation in sleep solutions thanks to new technological advances that allow for improved sleep and rest. “The whole goal of Tempur-Pedic is to offer better sleep and rest in order to make our day to day life just a little better,” Jerry Mallmann, Chilton Furniture owner/general manager said. “In our many years of experience as a sleep center, we have learned and recognize what works for people and what doesn’t.” Latest advances The Tempur-Pedic line seeks to solve some of the biggest sleep challenges people face with new and innovative materials. Many people may be familiar with memory foam mattresses, an innovation in recent years. The  Tempur-Pedic mattresses go well beyond that concept of comfort. That’s because TEMPUR® material is not typical memory foam. The company’s proprietary formulation changed the way the world sleeps. And it can do the same for you.  Tempur-Pedic mattresses adapt pre-

A Tempur-Pedic sleep system mattress, complete with power base not only brings a great night’s sleep, but a chance for the owner to determine how “laid back” they would really like to be.

cisely to your body. TEMPUR material responds to your body’s temperature, weight and shape for truly personalized comfort and support. As it conforms to your body, TEM-

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Chilton Furniture’s decision to move to the Tempur-Pedic line is based on the needs of its customers. “As time has evolved, we are aware that the conventional innerspring mattresses aren’t necessarily serving the needs of all customers,” Mallmann said. People may have specific rest needs that justify making the investment in a mattress that is more adaptable to the individual person, in turn offering a more Restful night of sleep. “Considering that people spend somewhere in excess of 25 percent of life on the sleep platform we choose, picking the right mattress to improve our rest is an important choice,” Mallmann said. Options available  Tempur-Pedic mattresses come with a variety of options, including all varieties of sleep surface comfort levels. Tempur-Pedic mattresses come in every size imaginable, matching all the size options one would find in conventional mattress lines.  The TEMPUR materials also offer a cooling technology option which allows people to “sleep cooler.” This is particular important for those whose body chemistry changes throughout life.

Adjustable power bases popular Additional comforts and advantages are available by pairing you new Tempur-Pedic mattresses with an adjustable power base. Putting the mattress on a power base gives the individual options to elevate the head , the feet, or both. A soothing

massage feature can also be added. Power bases can serve a variety of needs: n For those customers who make lack body strength, the option of raising the bed to a sitting position allows one to get in and out of bed without the assistance of a family member. n Raising the head can offer assistance with acid reflux problems and in many cases helps clear up air passages to reduce snoring. (This is a very common discussion among mattress shoppers!) n Finding the “0” gravity position with raised head and raised legs does wonders to relieve lower back pain. n And of course, some people simply want to watch TV in Bed or use there other electronics. “With today’s busy lifestyles, people need time for their body to rest and recuperate. The Tempur-Pedic mattresses and power bases offer great solutions for those needs,” Mallmann said. Testing the mattresses No one has to take the manufacturer or salesperson’s word for the amazing comfort offered by Tempur-Pedic. Chilton Furniture welcomes you to stop in the store to try the mattresses out for yourself.  “Come prepared to spend a little time and do some relaxing,” Mallmann said. After all, things are really laid back at Chilton Furniture. Even that laid back approach has a couple of caveats. The store doesn’t offer overnight stays, or breakfast in bed. You don’t need an overnight stay at the

continued from page 23 A store to test out the system. Tempur-Pedic mattresses come with a bold 90-day sleep comfort guarantee, however. This allows customers to give a full in-home trial for their new sleep systems so they can try out the good night’s sleep and have breakfast in bed in their own homes if they wish. Although Tempur-Pedic sleep systems are custom-ordered at Chilton Furniture, your new system can be delivered and set up in your home within 2-3 weeks of your selection.  Realizing that Tempur-Pedic is not for everyone, Chilton Furniture also continues to be a great place to discover conventional inner-spring sleep systems as well. Stearns & Foster is a top of the line Luxury Sleep system featuring the latest innerspring technology. And Sealy Posturepedic continues to be the “bread and butter” of conventional inner spring mattress offerings. Chilton Furniture continues to serve the greater Calumet County area with an experienced staff, equipped to provide knowledge and assistance will all your home interior needs. Rhonda Roepke, Gail Schabach and Cathy Dreiling serve as design and sales associates. Laura Meier is the office manager. Dave Mallmann, a brother to Jerry, has been officially added to the staff as the full-time warehouse and delivery manager, while Jim Manz and Tom Konen balance out the delivery team. Jerry’s mom, Florence Mallmann serves as the showroom cleaning person.

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New Hope Center is a leader in meeting the needs of the disabled in the community. From employment opportunities to educational or residential services, NHC has built the strongest, most experienced core of long-term supports in the greater Calumet County area. As clients of NHC’s network of services, families have learned they can count on high quality, compassionate staff to provide the best experiences possible. As members of the community, NHC is dedicated to greater independence for all, and responsible stewardship of public resources. CEO Greg Logemann said, “New Hope Center is always wanting to improve our buildings/environment. We’re hoping to replace the glass in the windows on the front of our center in the spring of 2016.” New Hope Center also has introduced its Made by M.E. workshop which is in its infancy growing stage. “We can screen print your shirts—give us a call,” Logemann said. Founded in 1965, New Hope Center, Inc. is located at 443 Manhattan St. in Chilton. For more information call 8499351 or go to

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Full-service care, therapy at Atrium By Faye Burg A wide array of quality services close to home are offered at the Atrium Post Acute Care facility in New Holstein. Atrium Administrator Ericca Ylitalo leads the crew of 57 employees who provide knowledgeable and personalized care to the residents and patients at the facility. In addition to spacious private rooms, the Atrium provides an impressive range of services including respite programs, post acute care, rehabilitation, and longterm care. Other services offered at the Atrium include hospice care, IV antibiotic treatment, Respiratory Services, Comprehensive Wound Care Therapy, Chronic Disease Management, and a wide range of medical care, and testing services, Ylitalo said. “We provide assistance to patients following hospitalization for injury or illness and have licensed therapists available seven days a week to provide state of the art programs in the areas of physical, occupational, and speech therapy.” “Our clinically focused care helps minimize the need for additional hospital stays and establishes the foundation for successful transition back home or to a lower level of care,” she added. In-house therapy offered by the staff at the Atrium is a welcome service to area residents providing the quality care and attention needed without the need to travel far. Atrium’s post acute care and rehabilita-

tion closes the gap from hospital to home with compassion, hope, and skilled therapy. Referring physicians rely on the staff’s unique, individualized treatment plans to help residents and patients recover more swiftly. Together, staff, medical personnel and patients set clear goals and work together as a team to get patients home quickly and keep them safe once they get there. “Atrium strives to create healing environments with clinical programs that are focused on achieving the best possible outcomes,” Ylitalo explained. “Our center welcomes residents and patients with a warm, family-like atmosphere that feels like home in our large spacious private rooms.” Every space located in the Atrium is designed to inspire and comfort with patios off each lobby area and a landscaped garden that is popular with gardeners. The resident rooms are large and overlook Veteran’s Park allowing ample opportunities to view wildlife. Ylitalo said the facility is proud of the facility and the longevity of the staff that are available to provide state of the art programs in the areas of physical, occupational, and speech therapy. “Admission is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” she said, adding the center is a premier provider of Post Acute Care Long Term Care, and Senior Living. Atrium Post Acute Care is located at 1712 Monroe St., in New Holstein and can be reached at (920) 898-4296.

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Autumn Ridge stays busy year round By Mark Sherry Depending on the fickle Wisconsin weather, another busy golf season is about to get under way at Autumn Ridge Golf Course. But the busyness never really ends at Autumn Ridge. General Manager/ Superintendent Chad Harrington said depending on the day Autumn Ridge is either a golf course with a restaurant, or a restaurant with a golf course. The business is basically split down the middle between the two aspects of golf and food, but both have something going for them which is not man-made— the natural beauty which surrounds the facilities located at One Straight Drive, Valders, and just 15 miles east of New Holstein. “It’s a very natural property,” Harrington said, pointing out the northern edge of the Kettle Moraine area encompasses the land on which the course sits. “We tend to leave the lay of the land the way it is.” Beautiful scenery, facilities Around the beautiful hills, valleys, and woods of Autumn Ridge was constructed equally attractive facilities for use by golfers, wedding parties, businesses and organizations holding outings, or just people looking to grab a bite to eat. Autumn Ridge still plays host to an average of about 15 weddings per year, having even constructed a separate green just for use by wedding or other parties. The area for outdoor weddings is set slightly away from the clubhouse to allow privacy for those parties, yet it has everything needed to make that special day happen including chairs, an arbor, and a sound system. Harrington said it is about an even split on whether or not the bride and/or groom are golfers when it comes to weddings hosted at Autumn Ridge. During the golf season—roughly April 1 through the first week in November, depending on the weather—food service is available at Autumn Ridge seven days per week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Legend’s Pub & Grill on the lower level of the clubhouse. Outside of golf season, Legend’s Pub & Grill remains open on Fridays only. Fish fries are popular—especially this time of year—as Legend’s menu includes pan-fried walleye and lake perch. Harrington said reservations are not taken but phone calls to alert the staff that large parties are coming in are encouraged. Fish, sandwiches, more Beyond fish dinners, Autumn Ridge also offers sandwich fare including specialty burgers, chicken sandwiches, and much more. Harrington said it has been known to happen that regulars will place repeat special orders which eventually find their way onto the menu. That is how the Donald Driver Ham & Cheese happened as the former Green Bay Packer used to hold a charity event at the golf course each year. Speaking of events, Autumn Ridge hosts dozens of them every year. In addition to the weddings mentioned earlier, Autumn Ridge is an exceptional location for business meetings, family dinners, bridal and baby showers, sports team gatherings, and anything else which brings people together. Harrington pointed out while it is located in a rural, secluded area, it also is equidistant between places such as Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Appleton, Green Bay, and Milwaukee. People from all those areas come to Autumn Ridge to meet, eat, and compete on the golf course.

No matter the season, Autumn Ridge offers a gorgeous venue for golfing or for holding any type of function.

Holiday meals such as the upcoming Easter Sunday Brunch also are huge at Autumn Ridge. The menu this Easter will include carved ham, tenderloin tips cabernet, baked chicken Montreal, scrambled eggs, bacon, omelets made to order, and much more. Reservations are being taken to dine between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Harrington said Autumn Ridge probably has more restaurant and banquet guests than it does golfers in the course of a year—and last year 21,000 rounds of golf were played there. Varied banquet menu For banquet and special event planners, Autumn Ridge can provide a menu which includes everything from breakfast items to hot or cold sandwiches, specialty meals including Mexican and Italian, and numerous other common banquet selections served either buffet or family style. Autumn Ridge can host parties of up to 200 people but with its multiple windows overlooking the natural beauty of the course and with the adjacent deck areas, the atmosphere always seems to be bright and spacious. Down on the golf course, however, spacious is not a word which can be used regarding the width of the fairways. Carved out of the trees and up and down the hills of the Kettle Moraine, the golf course is often described as both beautiful and challenging. Harrington said all the greens are built to U.S. Golf Association specifications providing for the highest quality turf at the end of bent grass fairways. Watering systems help keep the grass healthy all the way out to and including the rough. Low areas drain well as Harrington said they worked closely with the Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin-Extension to make sure all water drainage was being done properly. Golf for families, kids, everyone Autumn Ridge is open to everyone, and Harrington said that is who he sees playing golf there—families, kids, women, serious golfers, not-too-serious golfers, and more. He said he believes there was a time a few years ago when golf had a stigma of being too expensive and a bit exclusive, but that has changed.

Autumn Ridge helps to continue to bury that stigma by offering things such as its Ladies Learn to Golf League on Wednesdays, a laid back Friday Couples League, lessons available from local PGA pro Justin Goosen, and other informal or social leagues mixed in with the more serious leagues. For lack of a better term, Harrington said Autumn Ridge is helping to make golf more user friendly. At the same time he added, “We’re Autumn Ridge. We have to be who we are. We know we’re a destination course.” Its core golfers come from Valders, Kiel, New Holstein, and Howards Grove, but regulars also come from Manitowoc, Sheboygan, and beyond. In addition to the beauty and challenge of the course, they come for things like the 18-hole with cart and sandwich special started 15 years ago. They also come for the many special events run

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by Autumn Ridge. Just one example is the popular Turkey Shoot in October which started with one tournament and now consists of three Turkey Shoots with about 120 golfers playing this past year. A tournament the first weekend of this past November drew 100 golfers. A pro shop in the lower level of Autumn Ridge helps outfit golfers with whatever they need, carrying brand names including Cobra, Titleist, Srixon/ Cleveland, Nike, Under Armour, and more. To find out more about this season’s league opportunities or any of the other multitude of activities going on at Autumn Ridge, stop out or call (920) 7583333.

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Customer service top priority for Raether By Faye Burg Since its beginning in 1957, Raether Chiropractic Office has taken great pride in customer service. That same philosophy holds true today, as Dr. Jon Raether celebrates 20 years in business. The practice was originally opened by Jon’s father, Charles, with Jon taking the reins in August of 1995. Jon expanded the practice to Elkhart Lake in 1997, offering two convenient locations for clients six days a week. “We always welcome new patients,” Raether said. “If you call, we can always make room and get you in the same day. I don’t like to see someone suffer.” Your first visit includes a no charge consultation. Also done on your first visit is on-site X-rays, orthopedic exam and chiropractic adjustment. Offering the gentler activator adjusting, along with the traditional manual manipulation, Raether performs a steady mix of different types of adjustments to meet the needs of his patients. “My main goal is to find out which spinal joint or vertebrae is misaligned, which puts pressure on nerves causing discomfort,” he explained. “We work to decrease pain and maintain optimal health.” Raether works on all joints of the body including knees, wrists, elbows, shoulders, plantar fascitis and more. “There is no better place to get relief than through chiropractic,” Raether said. More than chiropractic offered Raether Chiropractic offers much more than chiropractic services. Raether is proud to offer many different forms of therapies including cold laser, ultrasound and electronic stimulation. “We offer additional forms of therapy to decrease pain and inflammation and speed up healing,” he added. Raether said health care has seen major changes since he began his practice 20 years ago. “Health care has changed drastically, but our cornerstone is customer service. We want patients to feel at home here. We have a very comfortable atmosphere.” Raether said it is important for patients to be comfortable and at east in order to heal. “We take health very seriously,” he said, adding part of helping patients feel at ease is creating a happy atmosphere. “We are light hearted here and like to laugh,” he added. Raether has found that proper chiropractic care can improve other areas of his patient’s lives. “By treating chiropractic issues, we find it helps with acid reflux issues and other bodily functions such as constipation, asthma and allergies. People have fewer issues when they get adjusted.” Chiropractic services are not just for adults, as

Raether sees many newborn patients as well. “Birth is traumatic and adjustments help babies with colic and it helps them progress for overall health.” Thankful for a busy schedule, Raether is proud to be celebrating 20 years in business and would like people to know his practice offers other services in addition to chiropractic. “We offer shoe supports and orthotics,” he said. “We have some of the finest orthotics made right here in our office.” Patients feet are individually digitally scanned and custom orthotics are created and made especially for each individual foot. “Good foot balance is the base of spine health,” Raether said. “Right here you can get fitted for the best foot orthotics, and we back them up.” The complimentary 3D digital thermal foot scan enables to show the patient a computerized print out not only where the feet have broken down but also shows how it has affected their knees, hips and spine. Nutrition is also an important component for optimal health, and Raether ofTurn to raether/page 28 A

Jon Raether offers a wide range of personalized chiropractic services in New Holstein and Elkhart Lake. Faye Burg photo

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CACHF provides strong support to community

A focus on education To date, approximately 90 percent of all grant money awarded by the foundation has gone to support Calumet Medical Center, in conjunction with its mission. Largely, the fiscal backing has supporting infrastructure needed for continued excellence in health care through services provided at Calumet Medical Center. Even in that commit-

ment, education has ways been a major focus of the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation. The Health Foundation has awarded 291 scholarships, with a value of $421,000. Growing the base fund Such generosity requires a solid financial base. Calumet Area Community Health Foundation currently has approximately $6 million in its base fund. However, the goal sought by the foundation to carry on its mission is about twice that amount. 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


continued from page 27 A fers high quality vitamins and minerals to his clients as well. “We have professional grade vitamins and minerals here,” he said. “There are no fillers. They are about as pure as you can get when it comes to vitamins.” Knowledge of product is something Raether’s office takes very seriously and continual training is taken to make sure patients are getting what is best for them. “It is important when selling vitamins and minerals that you know what you are doing,” Raether explained. “We are highly trained to make sure you are getting the right vitamin and minerals in the right amount.” Raether works with four different companies to ensure patient’s needs are met. From complete and personalized chiropractic care to specialized orthotics and nutrition products, Raether’s goal is the optimal health of his patients. “It’s a great way of helping the body help itself without invasive procedures,” Raether said. Raether Chiropractic is located at 2625 Altona Ave., in New Holstein. Office hours are Monday and Wednesday 8-6, Fridays 8-5. Raether Chiropractic in Elkhart Lake is located at 511 E. Rhine Street with office hours of Tuesday 8-6, Thursday 8-5 and Saturdays 9-11. Raether can be reached in New Holstein at (920) 8984225 or in Elkhart Lake at (920) 876-3737. He is very flexible with scheduling times that work for the patients and also accepts almost all insurances.

and sense of community, as when Calumet Medical Center began in 1954. Prior to Calumet Medical Center’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 of maintaining the presence of the hospital in Chilton for the community’s long term future. Through an agreement with Affinity Health care and its affiliations, the Calumet Area Community Health Foundations

The Calumet Area Community Health Foundation recently paid the fifth of six installments of the $3 million pledge for the Calumet Medical Center renovation. Pictured are CMC Administrator Jenny Derks and CACHF President Glen Calnin. Faye Burg photo

gives assurances to the community that Calumet Medical Center will always be part of the area’s health care provider sys-

tems. 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 Turn to page 31 A


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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. 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.”

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‘New’ owners keep local store growing By Mark Sherry The two “new” owners of Chilton’s Farm & Home are not really new to ownership of that store—nor to each other. Husband and wife Kim and Nancy McKeen were part owners of the store for a little over 20 years along with Dwight and Colleen Bloohm. The Bloohms retired last May, selling their portion of the business to the McKeens. While the McKeens were very familiar with the business they now found themselves owning, they also realized they had to answer some very important questions during the second half of 2016. Should they make significant changes? Should they change the name of the business? In what direction should they take Farm & Home? In the end, they decided to largely stay the course. They will keep the Farm & Home name which has been around for 50 years. They have and will continue to make some changes behind the scenes. Changing—like it always has Under the direction of the McKeen and Bloohm families, Farm & Home has always changed with the times and with customer demands—and that has continued in the past nine months with the McKeens in charge. Regular customers will notice the new 40-foot display of Philips light bulbs, made possible by a deal worked out with Farm & Home’s hardware supplier, Do It Best. “They made it much more consumable,” Kim said of the display in today’s somewhat confusing world of light bulbs. Just finished in mid-February is a new 40-foot counter in the Plumbing

Kim and Nancy McKeen have continued to make changes and improvements to Farm & Home since becoming the sole owners of the Chilton store last May. Mark Sherry photo

Department featuring a lot of new fittings making simple plumbing jobs even easier for the do-it-yourselfer. Changes have been made as well in the fastener aisle including new deck and pole barn screws which are coated and colored to

stand up to Wisconsin weather. The display of fuses and circuit breakers has been updated. A 32-foot display of furnace filters is available, including increasingly popular higher end filters which do a better job eliminating such

things as dust mites and pet hair. Stepping up as floor manager These are just some of the visible Turn to FARM & HOME/page 31 A

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Meyer Plumbing puts experience to work for residential, commercial needs By Mike Mathes Plumbing needs can range from a dripping faucet to a major industrial expansion project. 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 takes great pains to be able to serve that wide range of plumbing needs that range from major, visible commercial projects, to the quiet, subtle work done for private homeowners. Visible community efforts Meyer Plumbing has been integrally involved in several key community projects this past year. “We have been pleased to be part of a very visible community project in the renovation of the Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church,” Meyer said. Meyer Plumbing’s role included removing existing bathrooms and replacing them with new, along with work on storm drains and sewer laterals. Another major visible project involving Meyer Plumbing this year was the latest Amerequip expansion. “We are grateful for the opportunity to serve this local industry.”  Everyday household needs While the public view projects are indicative of the scope of Meyer Plumbing’s capabilities, a great deal of the company’s work involves residential applications. “We welcome and work extensively with a complete range of residential plumbing issues,” Meyer said. Whether it’s fixing drains, working on a family’s kitchen faucets, cleaning up a bathroom emergency or working with a sump pump, Meyer Plumbing’s services span the gamut of plumbing needs. “We are here to respond to the everyday service calls,” Meyer said. When something 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 try to respond immediately. For many things, we try to assure people that it will be okay until we can get a look at their issue.” New projects, upgrades In addition to aiding in times of emergencies, Meyer Plumbing also works with home owners and contractors to lend design and installation expertise to home construction and remodeling projects. The plumbing firm takes a consultative approach to projects. Finding the right plumbing design solutions is a strength of Meyer Plumbing. The company works with people to meet changing needs as

they advance through the stages of their lifetimes. Key plumbing design solutions can aid residents in remaining in their homes as long as possible. Septic work a key area Meyer Plumbing also offers complete septic solutions ranging from installation of new septic systems as well as tank replacements for systems that fail. “We take care of everything from the soil testing phase to the first flush,” Meyer noted. He said it’s critical to install the right type of septic system based on soil type and topography of the land where the system will be installed. As a bonus to home owners and businesses, Meyer Plumbing offers its own excavating services, simplifying both communication and completion of service for its customers through a single dependable contractor. With its own excavating equipment, Meyer Plumbing also has the ability to give its attention to sewer repairs, lateral repairs or replacements, mini storm sewers and water line replacements. “Having the equipment is really helpful when a homeowner is putting on a small addition, or wanting to reshape a portion of their property,” Meyer said. Changing the contour of the land can help divert water around a building, or solve other drainage needs. Water quality issues Meyer Plumbing offers water quality solutions for all customers, but rural customers have unique needs. “Water quality solutions aren’t quite as important for those who have municipal water service,” Meyer said. “It’s more of an issue for private wells. Among those solutions are reverse osmosis systems and drinking water filtration systems. “Parts of our area have significant nitrate concerns while other people along the lakes deal with sulfur and iron issues,” Meyer said. Those solutions can assist in removing nitrates, minerals and odors. Filtration systems aid in cleaning up impurities in the drinking water and making it safer to drink. Experienced master plumber Owner Brian Meyer serves as a master plumber, personally bringing 26 years of experience to his trade, in addition to the tenure logged by his team of licensed and experienced plumbers. Customers are welcome to visit the Meyer Plumbing showroom from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday – Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Office and showroom manager, Linda Halfmann, assists customers with questions, design ideas and selections. She also has an extensive background in the home plumbing design industry.

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changes made by Farm & Home in the past year, something the business has always done. One difference now is that Nancy has been a driving force behind the changes as Farm & Home’s floor manager. Nancy managed Farm & Home’s Lawn and Garden Department for over 10 years. Kim now calls her his “problem solver” and special projects manager. “We’re trying to be a service to this community,” Nancy said. Kim added, “I wanted to make positive changes in the business.” He said hardware is changing and trendy. “It’s become much, much more user friendly these days,” he said. No matter how user friendly it gets, however, there always will be the need for advice. That is an area in which Farm & Home has always excelled and set itself apart from the “big box” stores. The McKeens said they love employing semi-retired men and women who have encountered all kinds of home repair issues in their lifetimes and can impart that knowledge on others. “Our staff has been phenomenal,” Kim said. “We’re the problem solvers. Farm & Home is here to serve. If we can’t help them, we can put them in touch with someone who can.” It is rare, however, when Farm & Home cannot come up with the product or solution for a person, thanks in large part to being backed by Do It Best. Kim pointed out that the average “big box” store has about $3.5 million worth of merchandise in its store. While Farm & Home itself is not at that level, it is backed by Do It Best warehouses containing 67,000 different items valued at

$186 million. Farm & Home customers can shop online at, order anything from the Web site and have it delivered to the Chilton store within days. Deliveries are made every Tuesday and Friday. “It’s a full catalog online,” Kim pointed out. He added that the closest Chilton customers can find some of those products is a 26-mile one-way drive. The McKeens advise people to make better use of their time and money and let the products be shipped right to Chilton. New Web site helping Speaking of Web sites, Farm & Home has revised its site in recent months with the help of Delta Publications, Inc. of Kiel. The new site includes direct links to Do It Best, Valspar paints, and Penske trucks. The latter is a new relationship for Farm & Home and is serving customers much better than a previous vendor. Penske guarantees delivery of trucks right to Chilton with a few days notice, although Kim told a story of the company getting a truck to Farm & Home in a matter of only four hours. Quotes and reservations for trucks can be made at Farm & Home or via the Web site, Nancy also spends some of her time keeping Farm & Home’s Facebook page up to date with the latest store news as well as a few fun things. The positive changes continue at Farm & Home. Kim said he is working with an independent finance company which will provide financing for Farm & Home customers on any purchase over $300. Multiple plans will be offered to help fi-

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continued from page 29 A nance equipment customers need quickly but might not be able to afford on the spot; for example, a selection from the long line of riding mowers displayed at Farm & Home. While the “new” owners and their

employees continue to work hard to make Farm & Home the best it can be, Kim succinctly summed up the last nine months at the store. “Farm & Home carries on,” he said.


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. Friedrichs, Daniel Thiel and Gene Tipler, M. D. Opportunity to make a difference Foundation President Glen Calnin

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80/10: Altona anniversaries observed By Mark Sherry Herman Muenster would be proud. So would Whitey Wright, Edna Lodes, Harley Suttner, and the several other former and current New Holstein residents who at one time have owned the Altona Supper Club. In this 80th anniversary year since Muenster built the bar and restaurant in 1937, he and other past owners of the Altona would like what current owners Jason Hunsader and Dave Braun have done with the place. While they know the job is never really finished, Braun and Hunsader also are pleased with how far they have come with the Altona. They are also celebrating an ownership anniversary this year, having owned the establishment for 10 years as of May. “We’ve done a lot,” Braun said as he and Hunsader sat in the relatively quiet main dining room a few hours before another day’s opening. “There’s always something different going on.”

Improving the facilities While they have some thoughts about their next remodeling project, they can look back on past projects which have received praise from diners—paving a large portion of the parking lot, creating patio areas off both the North and East rooms, large patio doors bringing in natural light into both those rooms, and regular refurbishing projects throughout the building. “When you first start out you try to get everything how you want it, everything situated,” Hunsader said. “When you come in you have all these ideas.” That is likely how each of the past owners felt as well when they took the reins of the popular establishment. Settlers originally called the area in which today’s supper club sits Altona in honor of their German homeland, but in 1872 the name was formally dropped and the entire community took on the New Holstein name. More than 60 years later, Muenster built the bar/restaurant and named it Altona in honor of those early settlers. Otto and Malanie Muenster operated the first Altona. The Wright years In 1954 William “Whitey” Wright purchased and expanded the Altona, running it until 1968 when Lodes—a longtime employee of the Altona—purchased it. From there the Altona’s ownership consisted of Harley Suttner in 1971, Jeff and Theresa Suttner in 1981, Sharon Hertel in 1993, Michael and Sharon Steiner in 2004 (renaming it Hunter Rae’s), and Glenn and Bridget Braun in 2006 (changing the name back to the Altona Supper Club). To celebrate the 80-year history of the Altona along with their 10-year anniversary of owning the establishment, Braun and Hunsader are planning a special celebration on Wednesday, May 3. The event will include $1 drinks and the Meat Lovers Buffet for $9.99, including broasted chicken, ribs, tips, shrimp, and pork chops. Special celebrations such as the one on May 3 are old hat for the Altona

The Altona Supper Club—and the cars which diners drove to eat there—looked a little different in the 1950s (above), but some of the original building still can be seen in today’s Altona (below).

Supper Club. It has perfected the art of feeding groups large or small on special occasions, such as their upcoming Easter (April 16) and Mother’s Day (May 14) buffets. The Easter Buffet will be served from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include tenderloin tips, broasted chicken, baked ham, BBQ ribs, breaded shrimp, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, sweet potatoes, corn, carrots, soup and salad bar, and dessert bar, all for $13.99 (plus tax and gratuity). Expect a similar menu for the Mother’s Day Buffet, the owners said. Up to 1,200 people have been fed at the Altona Supper Club for holiday buffets, which has been good practice for the supper club’s growing catering business. The Altona Supper Club staff has gone as far

as Manitowoc to feed corporate functions of around 400 people. Word-ofmouth advertising about their success in catering big functions is leading to even more calls from throughout the area. Exhausted but satisfied Serving a big holiday meal, weddings of up to 350 people, or big catering functions are a lot of work for the staff of the Altona Supper Club, and that definitely includes their hands-on owners. As one of the lead chefs at the Altona, Hunsader said it is exhausting but that they also get a lot of satisfaction at the end of the day when everything has come together and there are a lot of well-fed, happy customers. Customers also continue to pack the

Altona for their weekday lunch buffets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., not to mention their legendary Sunday Brunch Buffet from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. which features the best of breakfast and lunch. And speaking of legendary, the Altona’s Friday Seafood Buffet (4 to 9:30 p.m.) is a hit not just during Lent but year-round. In addition to those highlights, the Altona also has its Meat Lovers Buffet every Thursday and Sunday from 3 to 9 p.m., its Prime Rib Buffet on Saturdays from 4 to 9:30 p.m., the BBQ Ribs and Broasted Chicken Buffet on Wednesdays from 4 to 8:30 p.m. for just $7.99 per person, and a special Meat Lovers Buffet the first Tuesday of every month. Other Turn to ALTONA/page 2 B


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New title, role for city official In July 2016 the City of New Holstein Common Council unanimously voted to promote Cassandra â&#x20AC;&#x153;Caseyâ&#x20AC;? Langenfeld to city administrator/clerk-treasurer. Mayor Dianne Reese said it was time for the city to create this role and to include the roles and responsibilities of the city administrator on to Langenfeldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current responsibilities as the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clerktreasurer. Reese said the city recognized that local governments are changing and current trends are leaning toward an administrative structure. The administrator is responsible for day-to-day operations, implementing ordinances and carrying out other governing body directives that require administrative action. The delegation of administrative affairs to a full-time office leaves the council free to concentrate on policy matters. The mayor said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Local governments are complex organizations that are calling for stronger public efforts and creating this position allows New Holstein to adapt to these changing conditions to create more effective and efficient services. Anyone who has worked with Casey recognizes her dedication to the community and her get-it-done leadership. These skills, together with her training and passion for our city make her the perfect choice to keep carrying out the priorities of the Common Council.â&#x20AC;? Langenfeld said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am honored by the support that I have received with my recent appointment and I am very excited to continue on with my career with the City of New Holstein and to continue to explore and seize opportunities to grow

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our economy.â&#x20AC;? Langenfeld served as the city clerk/ treasurer from December 2010 until her promotion in July. Prior to that appointment she was the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deputy city clerk/ treasurer starting in 2007. Before coming to the City of New Holstein, she worked in the financial industry for 10 years in the areas of business and personal banking and commercial loan processing, with five years spent as a marketing director. Langenfeld holds a bachelor of business administration degree with an emphasis in Marketing from Marian College (University) in Fond du Lac. She became a certified Wisconsin municipal clerk in 2014 and has completed both

the Wisconsin Municipal Treasurer and Wisconsin Municipal Clerk certification courses offered from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Division of Outreach & Adult Access Government Affairs. In 2012 she earned her certification in Economic Development from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Langenfeld has also attended the Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program offered by the UW-Green Bay Small Business Development Center. To emphasize the leadership, positive attitude, and passion for knowledge in her profession, Langenfeld is now challenging her potential with a goal of a degree in Accounting. Langenfeldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s professional affiliations include being an active member in the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association, the Wisconsin Municipal Treasurerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association, and Wisconsin City County Management Association. In addition to Langenfeld attending all the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s committee meetings as the clerk, she also participates as an active and enthusiastic member of the Community Development Authority to promote the City of New Holstein. Casey and her husband, Shaw, who is a longtime resident of New Holstein, have two children, Natalya and Samuel. In her free time, Casey enjoys being a part of this community through her childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s active sports and club activities. If there is any more time to squeeze out of her tight schedule people might catch her filling in that time on the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s produce farm.

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nightly specials are available Mondays through Wednesdays, along with an early bird special from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and senior citizen early bird specials Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. Diners come from throughout eastern Wisconsin to the Altona Supper Club, but support also is strong from the New Holstein community. The local Lions and Kiwanis clubs both hold their monthly meetings there, and virtually every local organization uses the facilities for special events. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really happy with the support of the communities,â&#x20AC;? Hunsader said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lions, the Kiwanisâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the perfect place to have them.â&#x20AC;? As they look back at their first 10 years of ownership and carrying on the tradition of the Altona Supper Club, Braun and Hunsader said they know what they want their customers to think about the establishment. Hunsader put it into words, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good place, a valued place to get good food at a good price.â&#x20AC;? Packed parking lots and filled tables are proof that they are accomplishing that mission.

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Builders celebrate 35th year

Glenn Christel and Tom Heiberger, founders of Christel & Heiberger Builders Inc., are proud to announce that the company will celebrate its 35th anniversary in June of this year. The two men began their construction careers back in the mid 1970s when they were fresh out of high school. After six years working together for a local contractor they then started their own company in 1982. Their friendship and business has been blessed with steady growth over these past many years. Today their staff includes 12 employees along with Glenn and Tom. As they look to continue the legacy they have built, Glenn and Tom are excited to have three of Tom’s family member’s working with them. Tom’s son Tommy Heiberger has been with the company since 2004 and currently leads one of their building crews as a foreman. Jennifer Pitzen, Tom’s daughter, has been the office manager since 2004, and Tom’s son, Matthew Heiberger, joined the company in 2015 in a design and sales role. All three grew up in the building trades and spent many summers working for Christel & Heiberger Builders, so joining the growing family business has been an easy and welcomed transition. Over the next several years, Glenn and Tom will begin stepping back as Tommy, Jennifer, and Matt gradually transition into their new roles and take over ownership. They have no plans to change the

As they look to continue the legacy they have built, Tom Heiberger (front, left) and Glenn Christel (front, right) said they are excited to have three of Tom’s family member’s working with them. Tom’s son Tommy Heiberger has been with the company since 2004 and currently leads one of their building crews as a foreman. Jennifer Pitzen, Tom’s daughter, has been the office manager since 2004, and Tom’s son, Matthew Heiberger, joined the company in 2015 in a design and sales role.

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Moraine Park students continue to excel Wide-sweeping, transformative changes were in plentiful supply at Moraine Park Technical College in 2016. A new college logo and color scheme were unveiled in spring, bringing a fresher, more contemporary identity. From there, a new tagline also was created, dropping “Driven to Do” and replacing it with “Imagine What’s Next.” A new college-wide blog; redesigned, responsive public Web site; and a shift from using stock photos in marketing materials to real students complimented this new direction. Other changes saw two new associate degree IT programs join the college’s extensive offerings—IT-Web Development and Design Specialist, and IT-Mobile Applications Developer. Looking forward, two new, exciting healthcare programs have also been added—Health and Wellness, and Medical Office Management. Physical changes came to Moraine Park in 2016 as well, most notably in the form of a complete renovation of the college’s Fond du Lac bookstore and construction kicking off on a new Career and Employment Center (CEC) addition. The CEC addition will complete the prominent main entrance on the Fond du Lac campus. New partnerships were also formed, this time with Wisconsin Lutheran College, Ottawa University, and Herzing University during the 2015-’16 academic year. But, despite this myriad of “new,” Moraine Park President Bonnie Baerwald said she is most proud of one thing that remained constant. “Our students and staff, of all ages and

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backgrounds, continue to do great things together, and our college’s commitment to helping our students, employees, and communities achieve success remains unchanged.” Among many notable accomplishments, Moraine Park students placed first in five categories in the Business Professionals of America Spring Leadership Conference; Seth Bubolz earned the

American Society of Clinical Pathologists National Student Honor Award; Devin Kissinger became national champion in Industrial Motor Control at SkillsUSA; and his instructor, Mark Wamsley, earned the Wisconsin SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year honor. Meanwhile, Moraine Park strengthened its services in 2016 for military students and veterans. The college was

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7 Corners Bar undergoes big changes By Mark Sherry Businesses and buildings obviously change over time, especially a business like 7 Corners Bar which has been a tavern for 80 years as of this year. They also change a lot when they have an owner like Billy Kreutz. Kreutz purchased the historic bar late in 2014 and has not slowed down since. People driving past on STH 32/57 between Kiel and New Holstein undoubtedly noticed the changes to the exterior, but anyone who has not stopped in for a while will be amazed at what they find inside. “We stayed very local with our contractors and couldn’t have done this without the help of Dave’s Home Improvement, M&R Construction, Elite Decorating, Four Seasons Electric, Meyer Plumbing, Krause Construction, Advanced Custom Geothermal, Roeh Excavating, and Pethan’s Air Services. Along with Kreutz they all have played a key role in transforming the 7 Corners Bar of yesteryear into the 7 Corners Bar of tomorrow. “We’re not a supper club, but I was looking for a bar with a separate dining room,” he said. He got that and soon went to work making the dining room larger while also refurbishing everything inside—a new bar, back bar, brighter lighting, and a natural wood theme throughout. Where there was once a bar with nine stools is now a bar with 22 stools. The small dining room used to handle 18 people at a time but now comfortably seats 30. New ramps, decks Many people now enter 7 Corners via the new ramp on the south side of the building. Soon the entrance on the east side will be changed as well as the old cement stairs will be removed and another ramp will be constructed leading up to what will be a new deck measuring 18 feet by 45 feet. People will be able to dine or gather on that deck and get served via a pass-through window into the bar. Kreutz said he hopes to have that project done sometime this summer along with finishing the floor inside the bar. It is hard to find time to get at those projects as Kreutz, girlfriend Jackie Matzdorf, and their staff have created a challenge for themselves—their food is so good that they spend a lot of time serving it up to their patrons. Kreutz said he enjoys cooking and wanted 7 Corners Bar and Grill to be known as a place for “good bar and grill food.” He added, “I think we’ve accomplished that.” People can certainly get all the usual bar and grill items at 7 Corners, but Kreutz and his team take it up a notch. From Wednesday’s pasta dishes—including spaghetti and meatballs—to homemade pizzas and homemade soups, people are finding new favorites at 7 Corners. Kreutz said it does not take long after the 11 a.m. opening on Mondays for people to start flooding in for that day’s special, a one-third pound burger for just $3.50. 7 Corners gets all its meat from Pipe Meat Market and cooks it on its open-flame grill. Friday fish very popular But the real star so far at 7 Corners is the Friday fish fry. Once again the doors start swinging open at 11 a.m. and do not stop until late into the night. Walleye, haddock, and poor man’s lobster are among the offerings, but the leader is probably the fresh, wild caught, medium sized perch from Lake Erie. Kreutz said medium sized perch do not have the

Inside and out, 7 Corners Bar and Grill along STH 32/57 between Kiel and New Holstein has undergone huge improvements over the past year and a half under the ownership of Billy Kreutz, pictured behind the new bar with girlfriend Jackie Matzdorf. At right is the refurbished and expanded dining room at 7 Corners. Mark Sherry photo

“fishy taste” which some people do not like. He uses only light breading on his fish, however, so that people know they are eating fish and not a piece of bread, he said. The Friday fish fry is offered yearround and 7 Corners averages 160 to 170 plates on a Friday, but Kreutz proudly recalls the night they served 208 fish dinners. Kreutz said they have had to stop offering to-go orders after 4 p.m. on Fridays as they could not keep up with the volume. That is a good challenge to have and shows that the new 7 Corners Bar and its food are being well received. Kreutz has a second cook and is looking for a third, one who might be able to allow 7 Corners to add a Sunday breakfast. As much as he enjoys cooking, Kreutz said he gets more than his fill in the kitchen which closes at 9 p.m. each night. The average close time for the bar is around 11:30 p.m. on weeknights but it depends on the crowd, of course. 7 Corners also distinguishes itself as being one of the only bars open on Mondays, meaning Kreutz often finds himself in the kitchen seven days per week. As if they are not busy enough, he also enjoys planning special events at 7 Corners. One which is coming up will be the Deviled Egg Devastation on Saturday, March 25. It will be a Deviled Egg making contest open to the first 20 participants each making two dozen deviled eggs. Five judges already have been selected to judge the eggs, but the public also can sample the eggs for $10 per person with the money going to an as-of-yet undetermined local organization or charity. 80th anniversary to be celebrated Then to celebrate the 80th anniversary of 7 Corners as a tavern, a celebration is being planned for Saturday and Sun-

day, July 15-16. A big tent will be set up for the festivities which will include an auction, a DJ, karaoke, a Saturday night band, a Sunday morning polka band, a rock-and-roll band on Sunday afternoon, and a drive-through brat fry both days. Kreutz said he is looking to partner with a local organization on the brat fry. In addition, once a month this summer

7 Corners is planning to be the host of a drive-in car show. A separate building on the grounds is likely to get more use this summer as well and can hold parties of up to 60 people. It is obvious that Kreutz and 7 Corners Bar and Grill will not be slowing down anytime soon.

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G&H celebrates 25 years of quality service By Faye Burg Owner Gerald Heus and the staff at G&H Trucking & Excavating of Marytown will celebrate 25 years in business this year and are thrilled with how the business and services have grown throughout the years. Always enjoying running heavy equipment, Heus started the company after a friend’s suggestion, beginning with the purchase of a tractor/backhoe and a single axle dump truck. Today the full service excavating company runs 12 trucks and over a dozen pieces of excavating equipment. In the early years, Heus mainly worked on miscellaneous small excavating projects from basements and driveways to ditches and line fence removal. A few years later his family joined him in the venture with sons Eric Heus and Neal Heus working alongside him in the field and daughter Tina Ziebell running the office. Today G&H Trucking & Excavating has 16 full time and two part time employees and offer services including local flatbed delivery, aggregate delivery to including sand for farmer’s bedding needs, gravel and topsoil. “We excavate for new home construction to include perc tests and septic systems as well as additions and driveways,” Ziebell explained. “We offer agricultural excavating to include ditch cleaning, fence line removal, waterway shaping and building site prep as well as plowing in up to 12” single wall pipe using GPS technology.” Com-


mercial additions, parking lots, driveway grading and recycled asphalt installation are also part of G&H’s wide range of services. “If you can put it on a truck, we will haul it,” Heus said. “We try to put ourselves in our customer’s shoes so we can do a good job for our customers.” “We work on the smallest of jobs with the same focus and dedication as the largest of jobs,” Ziebell said. “We treat each project as if it were our own, working hand in hand with the owner to make sure the outcome is exactly what they were looking for.” “If there is excavating involved with your project we will take a look at it and provide a free estimate,”Ziebell stated. “Recently we have upgraded to a 2017 Inter-drain 2050GP tile plow. This machine is set up with the most advanced technology for tiling agricultural farm fields and other drainage applications. We are currently plowing in up to 12” single wall pipe, in the near future we hope to plow in up to 15” single wall and up to 18”dual wall pipe. All the tiling is installed using the latest and most detailed GPS technology.” “At the end of the project we provide a detailed map showing where all the lines are located,” she added. “It takes a good crew to make a business work,” Heus said. “We have a good group of people working for us and we are always looking for good people.” “We are extremely proud of our family owned business and are very thankful


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C-T Computers offers services

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Something for everyone at Seasons by Design By Faye Burg A popular specialty gift store located in New Holstein and Chilton continues to see growth while it offers a wide array of specialty products at reasonable prices not often found in small towns. Seasons by Design is a popular destination specialty shop that features home décor, garden accents, and a ladies fashion boutique offering customers a close to home destination for their gift, apparel and home specialty item shopping needs. Each store location offers similar yet completely different inventories. Owner Jillayne Bertram said Chilton has embraced the recently added location in Chilton and she is pleased with the growth of both stores. “Our customers are amazed at everything we have to offer,” she said. High quality brand name and made in the U.S.A. items fill both stores. Bertram prides herself on offering unique treasures and hard to find items, which is one of the aspects that set her specialty shops apart from many other stores. “The stores are within minutes of each other,” she said. “You don’t have to travel far to find anything you might possibly need.” Home décor, gift and baby brands including Mud Pie, Kitras Art and Glass and more can be found at Seasons by Design stores as well as a complete line of memorial remembrance products. Unique memorials including pet memorials are part of a large selection of memorial offerings aiming to meet customer needs. Religious gifts popular The assortment of inspirational and religious gifts has been hugely popular for Bertram as she continues to work to expand the area to satisfy the high demand for the merchandise. Unique and hard to find home décor and specialty gifts comprise a large amount of inventory within the store,

which changes with each season, and as the industry trends evolve. The walls and displays located in each Seasons by Design store are filled with current accents for the home including quality metal wall art, clocks, mirrors, lamps, table top accessories, and more for every taste and style of decorating, all at reasonable prices. “Each store has different product lines and different items,” Bertram said, adding her goal is to provide a positive and customer service oriented shopping experience. Sassafras interchangeable insert mats, Inspirational insert lamps, a complete line of Ginger Snaps interchangeable jewelry as well as Kameleon interchangeable sterling silver jewelry, Lindsay Phillips shoes and sandals with removable straps and snaps, Simply Noelle and other well-known popular designer lines of merchandise are just some of the unique and popular items customers can find at the stores. “Our locations is our savings,” Bertram said. “You don’t have to travel far for a lot of special occasion gifts. For every reason you would need something, we have it here. There are a lot of name brand items at each store.” “Jillayne’s Boutique”, a full service boutique located within the Chilton store, offers an ever-changing wide variety of unique clothing and accessory items for all ages. Name brands including Coco + Carmen and Simply Noelle are part of the vast inventory of selections. While the Chilton location is open year round, the New Holstein location is open from April through June and September through December. “It is seasonal,” Bertram explained. Both stores feature a wide variety of gift merchandise with the New Holstein location also featuring a clearance section. “Often we have customers shopping for the perfect sentimental or encouraging gift of support for any situation from up-

Seasons by Design owner Jillayne Bertram stands near just one of the impressive product displays in her Chilton store. Faye Burg photo

lifting a friend, to celebrating an achievement,” she explained. “It is so rewarding when we help them find just the right item for all of the milestones and joys in life, and the ups and downs we all experience along the way.” Experienced staff Employees Mary Jaschob, who previously owned Country Floral in New Holstein for 30 years, and Toni Rodriquez, who worked at Country Floral for 15 years, both add a unique creative element to the stores and the store displays. Rodriquez has been with Seasons by Design for over five years and works mainly in the New Holstein location while Jachob staffs the Chilton store. Both are part of a large number of part time and seasonal employees on staff to offer the best customer service experience possible to customers. Special sales and specialty item events

are held throughout the year along with new promotions. Store loyalty cards do not expire and can be used at both locations. Bertram’s high standards in customer service are the reason customers are greeted with a warm smile and hello when they enter her stores and why she stocks everything a customer could need for any special occasion in their life. “All occasions are observed to inspire with our offerings ever changing and in a price range people can afford,” she said. “We have everything you need from that quick $10 gift to more expensive items.” Spring and summer garden and décor items can now be found in abundance as Bertam continues to change her inventory with the seasons. Seasons by Design is located at 2605 Ford Dr. in New Holstein and at 102 Southside Shopping Center in Chilton.

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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 15 years of service, Winkel would like to thank all of her clients who have used massage therapy and think it can help. 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.” 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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Learning Center offers assistance to all ages By Faye Burg A teacher’s lifelong desire to help students led to fifty years in the teaching profession and the creation of a learning center located in Malone. Patricia Tyunaitis served as a middle school math teacher at New Holstein Elementary School for 27 years before retiring in 1999 and opening Miss T’s Learning Center. “I began my teaching career fifty years ago in Johnsburg Wisconsin. I have gone to Campbellsport and Whitefish Bay and then returned to the Holy Land.” “When I was teaching at New Holstein I found that students were being tutored and it was a waste of money since the students were not helped,” she added. “I decided to open a Learning Center when I retired to provide a service to help more students find success.” The goal of her center is to tutor and help students find success in school. “I use brain based teaching and training to help students,” Tyunaitis explained. “Brain based teaching is understanding how the brain processes information and looking at a student to see what part of his or her brain needs more development and then providing the activity that will enhance that part of the brain. The brain likes variety so taking notes should be done in color with definitions in one color and illustration in another color. When everything is in black and white the brain does not pay attention to the information and won’t retain it.” “I tutor and train the brain how to learn.

If students are having problems I will help them with their school work,” she said. According to Tyunaitis, her brain training program trains the brain on how to retain knowledge. “I also help students prepare for the ACT or SAT tests. Those who I have worked with and cooperate and try have improved several points.” Tyunaitis also enjoys helping college students understand math or any subject they are having problems with. “Miss T’s Learning Center aims to guide students to become successful and happy when learning,” Tyunaitis said. Tyunaitis is proud of her 50 years in the teaching profession and estimates she has helped 250 students in her learning center. “Depending on the year, I might have from 5 to 20 students at a time,” Tyunaitis said. Cares about student success Offering one on one tutoring for all ages, Tyunaitis will help students with any subject. “I care about the success of my students,” she said. “They are not just clients, but special people.” Tyunaitis enjoys watching students find success and enjoy school. “I had a girl failing in school come to my learning center and she graduated the top of her class,” Tyunaitis said. Finding the right combination to open her students to learning can be challenging, but it’s a challenge Tyunaitis works to overcome. “The most important service I have to offer is the brain training,” she said. “If

Longtime teacher Patricia Tyunaitis offers specialized student services at her learning center located in Malone. Faye Burg photo

you know how the brain retains knowledge you have your problems solved. The brain can work on math only for three hours at a time. Keeping this in mind will help find success by struggling students. Helping the students learn how to focus is also a big issue.” Currently a full time teacher at Lakeshore Technical College and also working at Lakeland College, Tyunaitis graduated high school from St. Joseph’s in Kenosha and completed her undergraduate work at Alverno College in Milwaukee and her master’s degree was received from Webster University in St. Louis. “I have begun work on my P.H.D.,” she said. Tyunaitis has received the Presidential Award for excellence in teaching and the Wisconsin Math Educator Award. “I help teachers obtain credits for recertification and I have several classes for

teachers in this position during the year,” Tyunaitis said. Works with any subject Tyunaitis finds most students seeking her help for reading, but will work with any subject and any age student from Pre K to adults spending about an hour of one on one time with each student. Special education students are also welcome at the center. Tyunaitis is proud to have worked in education for so many years and is thrilled when she sees former students bring their children to her for help. “Some indicated that they would not have completed high school if it wasn’t for my help,” she added. In addition to the learning center, Tyunaitis also runs a poodle rescue with 25 Turn to Miss T’s/page 10 B

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Courting new businesses never ends From a business viewpoint, the New Holstein Economic Development Corporation is in a good position—it will never run out of work. The NHEDC is tasked with working to bring new businesses to the community, a job which does not have an end point. While some of its projects, responsibilities, and focuses have and will continue to change over the years, its target always will be on doing what it can to help new businesses locate or relocate to the New Holstein area. In recent years the big project of the NHEDC has been pushing the former Tecumseh Products Company site toward future redevelopment. The City of New Holstein has petitioned Calumet County to acquire the property from the current private owner because of property tax delinquency and then turn it over to the city. That process is still on track to be completed by this December. The anticipated next step would be to raze most if not all the building. How to finance that step—expected to cost well over $1 million—is a current topic of discussion between the EDC and City of New Holstein officials, including its Community Development Authority (CDA). While an answer is not needed until the city is in possession of the property, groundwork discussions are already under way. Planning to visit Kimberly EDC members and city officials also are hoping to converse with and visit Kimberly officials to discuss a similar razing project which has taken place there. The EDC also is currently discussing its role in the continuing efforts to address the area known as Marketplatz following a recent visit from a Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) official. Recognizing that the CDA and the Common Council are the ultimate decision makers regarding the property, the WEDC official encouraged the CDA to become more of the driving force in the redevelopment effort and it appears it will be assuming that role. Another recent topic of discussion has been whether or not the EDC is exclusively looking for redevelopment to focus on the craft beer and wine industry. That growing industry has been the focus since it was first suggested by an outside consultant several years ago, although EDC members have said at meetings that they would welcome any inquiries

The New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed the new Affinity Medical Group clinic to the community with a ribbon cutting last July. Dr. Sharon Kaplan (third from left) and Wendy Jacobs, president of the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce, cut the ribbon. Also present for the ceremony were (from left) Mark Sherry, Mike Hartmann, and Zach Ziesemer. A three-person team representing the New Holstein Economic Development Corporation, City of New Holstein, and the Chamber was responsible for attracting the clinic to New Holstein. Less than a year later it is already looking for a larger facility in the community because of strong consumer response.

about the property and would be willing to target other industries as well. As part of the current reassessment of the EDC’s continuing role in Marketplatz, an exercise was held in which members listed the activities and accomplishments of the organization to date. The long length of that list surprised even some EDC members. While the organization cannot point to a lot of new businesses it has brought to New Holstein, it has done much to further economic development in the community. Attracting medical clinic One success story it has shared in is attracting a medical facility back to the community following the retirement of Dr. Denis Pleviak several years ago. A joint team from the EDC, City of New Holstein, and Chamber of Commerce visited regional health care providers, eventually persuading the network which owns Calumet Medical Center in Chilton to bring a nurse practitioner to an office at Willowdale Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The practice has been so well received by the community that

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dogs currently in her care. Students that wish to can choose a dog to accompany them in the learning center classroom for their tutoring sessions. “The dogs relax them helping them learn,” Tyunaitis said. “The dogs are great for therapy.” Tyunaitis said some colleges are now bringing in dogs during finals. Tyunaitis invites parents looking for help for their children to contact her. “I will try to find out what their needs are and help them,” she said. “When I tutor students one on one it builds confidence and most advance two years.” “I will do all in my power to adjust the program for each student helping them learn. It has been said that a person being tutored gains two years in knowledge due to the individual help.” A student working with Tyunaitis shared, “Miss T cares about me and helps

it has outgrown its office space and is currently considering a move to a larger location in the community. In addition, the EDC is also currently pursuing avenues to try to bring another specific retail business to the community. Its members have approached similar businesses in the region to see if they would have an interest in opening another location in New Holstein. Jon Weir is the part-time executive director of the NHEDC and as such is its only paid employee. Similar to the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce— which is tasked with helping existing businesses—the NHEDC is simply a collection of New Holstein area business people and citizens who have a passion to try to help bring new businesses to the city. They volunteer their time, sit in meetings, make phone calls, and explore contacts to try to help that happen. Working in conjunction with City Administrator Casey Langenfeld, Weir handles inquiries from people who might be looking for commercial or industrial land or building space in New Holstein. Former city clerk Mike Stutz, treasurer of the EDC, also maintains a spreadsheet

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build my confidence. This has helped me learn. When she believes in me, I begin to believe in myself.” Tyunaitis said the student moved from failing grades to obtaining A’s and B’s. A teacher praised Tyunaitis for making classes that fit needs. “We do not complete worthless research papers,” the teacher said. “More is gained in the time with her than other college classes.” Miss T’s Learning Center is located at N10335 USH 151 in Malone. Patricia can be reached at (920) 841-0737. The learning center Web site is located at https:// “I chose teaching because I wanted to help students find success in learning,” she added. “It is most rewarding helping students find success and enjoy learning.”

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of available buildings and property. The EDC also lists all available commercial/ retail/industrial properties on the WEDC Web site, a statewide property search called “Locate in Wisconsin.” That New Holstein list is surprisingly sparse, including in the city’s Tax Increment Finance District on the north side of town as a large trucking firm from the Green Bay area is working to finalize plans to acquire a number of lots in the TIF and establish a large operation here. Details of that transaction are expected to be reported soon in the Tri-County News. In addition to the people already cited, some of the key volunteers with the EDC are President Dan Schneider of Schneider & Schneider Construction, Vice President Diane Thorson of BMO Harris, Secretary Mark Sherry of Delta Publications, and directors Bob Bosma, Ken Irwin, Sharon Thelen, Steve Nothem, and Zach Ziesemer. Membership in the EDC is open to anyone for an annual membership dues, and more members are needed and encouraged. For more information check out

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Mae Rylie’s aims to serve communities By Faye Burg Mae Rylie’s, a screen printing and embroidery business located in New Holstein, might have just opened their doors in February of this year, but they have already made a huge impact on the area with their services and offerings. Owners Brad and Vickey Anhalt staff the business along with part time assistant Heather Gebhart. The Anhalts opened the business to meet the needs of area communities. “I knew that there was a need in town that was not being met,” Vickey said. “I had done screen printing in high school and always enjoyed it. So when an opportunity presented itself, we decided to look into it further. It obviously did not play out the way we expected but this has opened up the doors for us to do things right and with a fresh slate.” Vickey said the positive comments received from customers have been overwhelming. “It truly has been and wonderful experience, getting to hear all of the positive comments from our customers and meeting new people,” she said. “We have been very blessed to be having things work out the way they have.” Full line available Mae Rylie’s offers a full line of embroidery, screen-printing, heat transfers, awards and promotional items. The store is full of already finished items for purchase and special orders are always welcome.

“We believe in our communities and want to help in any way that we can,” Vickey said, adding they are available to meet and discuss any design or questions customers might have. “We want people to know we are open,” Vickey said. “We are always here from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. If those times do not work for you, just call and we can make arrangements. We also are very customer service oriented.” “I want happy customers and I want to make sure that you have a good experience every time you come here,” Vickey said, adding fan gear is currently available for Kiel, Chilton, and New Holstein. “We also have been doing a lot of business for companies in and around the community.” “Feel free to come in or call to see if we have what you are looking for,” Vickey said. “If you don’t see it that does not mean that we cannot get it or make it. We too are just figuring out what people are looking for. We really do want to offer what our customers are looking for.” A grand opening celebration is tentatively scheduled for spring. “We are truly thankful and appreciative for such the warm welcome and help from up above,” Vickey said. “We are blessed beyond words.” Mae Rylie’s is located at 1621 Wisconsin Avenue in New Holstein and can be reached at (920) 827-2700 or by email at

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Zion Lutheran in its next 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 95-year history and blessed by God’s grace with dedicated members and staff. The congregation currently is being served by the Rev. Azor Cigelske. Worship services are at 8:45 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays year round. Sunday School classes are offered for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

A high school Bible class and multiple adult Bible studies are offered throughout 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. On April 16 the Easter Sunrise service is at 6:30 a.m. followed by an Easter Breakfast. 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 on April 30 and Vacation Bible School in June. VBS is open to all children.

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Back-in-Action: Helping patients, having fun By Mark Sherry Anyone who has had something wrong with their bodies causing pain or discomfort and who has had to seek treatments and/or exercises for that issue probably would not describe the experience as “fun.” But at Back-in-Action Rehabilitation in New Holstein, physical therapists including John Olson really do try to make their patients’ experiences as enjoyable as they can be while also using a wide variety of techniques and tools to improve their condition(s). “We like to have fun,” Olson said while sitting in the clinic located in the professional building at 1401 Milwaukee Dr. (STH 32/57) in New Holstein. “I like to make patients laugh. We joke around a lot.” It has been said that laughter is the best medicine, but there is also plenty of tried and true therapy work going on at the same time at Back-in-Action, along with a few alternative types of treatments which are having good success in bringing relief to patients. Privately owned, independent As a privately owned, independent clinic, Back-in-Action Rehabilitation is not affiliated with any specific health care provider. While an affiliated clinic might have a steady stream of referrals from a major health care provider, Backin-Action relies on its strong reputation built over the years to welcome all patients from anywhere. “We have to be good at what we do,” Olson said. “There are no guarantees or referrals. Word of mouth is our primary referral source.” Prospective patients might be surprised to know that they typically do not need a referral to seek help at Backin-Action. If a patient’s insurance does not require a physician referral, if something is bothering them or causing pain or discomfort, they simply need to call Back-in-Action at 898-4440. They have office hours in New Holstein on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Appointments also are available on Wednesdays and Fridays as needed. Olson said Back-in-Action has a growing number of patients who are coming in to get help for a wide variety of issues, not just to maintain the status quo but to actually get better. “We have a starting point and an ending point,” he said. “I have a growing number of clients who are older and have a number of issues like arthritis that we’re not going to change but with therapy they can be better than they were and improve their quality of life. There isn’t a patient who leaves here who doesn’t have a program to do.” Olson added, “We definitely involve the patient from the first visit to the last visit. I love that part. I love being on the team with the patient.” Alternative options Like its other clinics in Fond du Lac, Kewaskum, and Mayville, the New Holstein clinic of Back-in-Action has all the equipment a person would expect to see in a rehabilitation clinic—and some they might not expect. Olson said one of several alternative methods of care available to patients is dry needling. He said he has been using dry needling for about two years and added, “It’s been very good. It’s been helpful for a lot of people.” Advanced by Dr. Janet G. Travell in her book “Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: Trigger Point Manual” and based on western medical practices, dry needling involves the insertion of one or more very

Above, John Olson (left) and Dan Kahlscheuer provide therapy services to patients at Back-in-Action in New Holstein. One of those therapies used on some people is dry needling, which involves the insertion and manipulation of tiny needles at trigger points. Mark Sherry photos

small needles into the skin and muscle directly at a myofascial trigger point. A myofascial trigger point consists of multiple contraction knots anywhere on the body which often contribute to pain. The insertion and manipulation of the tiny needle can create a chemical and structural release of that knotted area. Olson said he usually uses only one needle at a time and often the patient feels nothing or very little in connection with the insertion of the needle. Proper dry needling can elicit a local twitch response in the muscle which is what the practitioner wants as that can contribute to pain relief.

A year’s worth of course work was needed to implement dry needling at Back-in-Action, and it is offered at all of their four clinics. Olson said they do not force it on people if they do not want it, but added, “Ultimately the intent is to decrease your pain.” He said patients have reported decreased pain within a day of receiving dry needling treatment. One patient said they had not had a good night’s sleep in the past month because of pain, but did have a good night’s sleep after one treatment of dry needling. Dry needling is just one of the successful treatments which has helped Backin-Action build its reputation among

New Holstein area residents. “We have steadily grown every year,” Olson said, adding that all four offices are performing well. “We’re happy with how things are going.” Among the people assisting Olson at the New Holstein office is Physical Therapy Assistant Dan Kahlscheuer, a Washington Island native who has been with Back-in-Action for about a year helping at both the New Holstein location and the other Back-in-Action locations. “We see everything,” Olson said. “We see 4-year-olds, we see 80-year-olds. We see foot and ankle, we see head and neck.” Olson said he continues to be impressed by area residents and their willingness to improve their health. Back-in-Action assists that by hosting educational workshops for the public, and also by aggressively promoting continuing education among its therapists. “We embrace training,” Olson said. “It’s about empowering your therapists to continue their training.” While technology and new treatments have impacted Back-in-Action, the clinic’s success boils down to its people and their knowledge of the human body. “From a technology perspective, it’s still manual therapy, it’s still exercise and manual therapy strategies,” Olson said. “It’s still an application of science.”

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Battery power gaining ground in yard By Mark Sherry Tri-City Small Engine Repair might have to change its unofficial motto. Over the past decade this could be said about the New Holstein business: “If it has an engine, Tri-City can fix it.” While that is still true, the addition of a new product line at Tri-City and advancements in technology might require the motto to read, “If it has an engine powered by gas or battery, TriCity can fix it.” The recent addition of the EGO line of battery-powered products is growing ever more popular at the business located at 2204 Calumet Dr. (STH 32/57) in New Holstein. And to be accurate, owner Scott Buechel and son Josh said they have not yet had to repair or replace a piece of EGO equipment as they have proven to be quite durable. Powerful equipment Battery-powered string trimmers are not all that new, but Josh said EGO’s product set itself apart the first time he tried it. He said he stepped outside, turned the trimmer on, and tried to bury the trimming cord into the ground and stop the head from spinning. Instead, the power of the battery almost pulled the former New Holstein High School football player and wrestler along the ground. It is not just string trimmers which EGO produces, either, as it has everything from hand-held and backpack blowers to chain saws, hedge trimmers, push mowers, and even snow blowers. The Buechels said EGO products have a lot going for them, including a five-year warranty on its products and a three-year

Father and son Scott and Josh Buechel have their showroom filled with lawn and garden equipment for the season.

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warranty on its Power+ batteries. One of the best features of EGO products is that its batteries are interchangeable between products. Get done cutting the grass with the mower and pop the battery into the string trimmer to finish the yard. In addition, it only takes about a half hour to

fully charge the battery. The Arc LithiumTM technology behind the Power+ batteries is so powerful that it allows EGO’s walk-behind mowers to be self-propelled, and its snowblowers have two LED headlights mounted at the top of the auger housing. Josh said he has

used EGO’s mower and feels it operates well, but he has yet to use the snowblower which hit the market more recently. EGO producers say the 21-inch snowblower can throw snow up to 35 feet. Turn to small engine/page 16 B

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Somewhat surprisingly, the Buechels said customers who are buying the battery-operated products are not just younger people raised in the “green” era but older homeowners who like the push-button start, the light weight of the equipment, and as EGO says the lack of “noise, fuss and fumes.” For the many power equipment owners who are not quite ready to make the jump to battery, Tri-City Small Engine still sells and services full lines of gaspowered equipment. While it certainly was not a snowy winter this past year, Scott said Tri-City still had a good season of snowblower sales and only had a few units still on the sales floor earlier this month. “We just got spoiled the last few years,” he said with a smile about the previous years’ snowy conditions. Unusually warm temperatures this February and early March also benefitted Tri-City Small Engine as homeowners started thinking about the coming grass cutting season and have been getting their mowers over to the shop for preseason tune-ups. The Buechels said those tune-ups include oil changes, air filters, spark plugs, blade sharpening, lubrication, and clean-up for both riding and walk-behind mowers.

Ready for the season Those are tasks which many homeowners do not seem to find the time or have the ability to accomplish, which is why the experts at Tri-City Small Engine stay so busy year-round. Scott said Briggs & Stratton has even come out with a “no oil change” engine with a two-

year warranty. “Anything they can to make it easier for the homeowner,” Josh said, pointing in the showroom to fuelinjected riding mowers which also have been created for customer convenience. Tri-City Small Engine carries full lines of Snapper and Simplicity mowers, with Scott saying they are stocking more Simplicity zero-turn mowers for this year. When it comes to walk-behind mowers, Tri-City Small Engine is increasing its stock of Masport mowers. “We like them,” Scott said. “They’re nice products.” Tri-City Small Engine will service all makes and models—again, just about anything with an engine on it. Scott generally handles the bigger mowers and equipment, while Josh takes care of the smaller equipment but also works on everything from motorcycles to snowmobiles to mopeds to all-terrain vehicles. Both of them work full time and have an established track record in the local repair business. Josh said, “It’s nice when people come in and they know him (Scott), they know me.” Customers continue to be surprised to find out the extent of what Tri-City Small Engine Repair can do. Josh told the story of a New Holstein motorcycle owner who thought he would have to find a way to haul his broken bike to a Fond du Lac shop. He checked with Tri-City and Josh brought the bike into the shop and fixed it—at half the hourly shop rate the man would have been charged at the bigger city shop. Customers continue to come from far and wide to take advantage of the exper-

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ing lawn and garden season or to repair what winter broke on the snowblower, stop in at Tri-City Small Engine Repair or call 898-5252.

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House of Pilates expands in Kiel

The House of Pilates (formally just Empower Pilates, LLC) located at 627 Fremont St., Kiel has expanded to include Pilates Living Free by Mary Lee, LLC. There are now more options to enjoy Pilates Mat Classes all in one studio— during the day or evenings by Empower Pilates or Pilates Living Free by Mary Lee. Pilates helps people with a new awareness of their body, mind, and spirit. Both instructors take a very balanced approach to physical fitness and Pilates to help people reach their fitness goals. Mary Lee Flemming is a Balance Body certified Pilates Mat Instructor with five years of Pilates experience. Mary Lee is also trained as a Health and Wellness Coach. Mary Lee has a passion for helping others experience and feel as good as they can through the Pilates method and Transition Lifestyle System. Empower Pilates, LLC, is owned by Mikealynn Trimberger-Hendrickson who is beginning her sixth year in Kiel teaching both Private Pilates Reformer

sessions and group Pilates mat classes. Mikealynn has the most up to date certifications in her discipline. She is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant with 24 years of clinical experience, a certified personal trainer (ACE) for 16 years, a certified Pilates Mat Instructor for 16 years, and a certified Transitions Lifestyle System Wellness Coach for five years, and a certified Pilates Reformer instructor for five years. The House of Pilates offers Pilates Mat Classes on Monday evenings, Wednesday mornings and evenings, and Friday mornings. For more information on Pilates mat classes call Mary Lee at (920) 203-6896 or Mikealynn at (920) 980-4976. For more information on private Pilates Reformer sessions call Mikealynn.

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Michels Stone first in state to gain rating

Michels Stone, a division of Brownsville-based Michels Corporation, has become the first company in Wisconsin to attain the ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainable Production of Natural Dimension Stone certification. Serving clients across North America, Michels Stone has been a specialized producer of natural building and landscape stone products for over 80 years. The Natural Stone Council (NSC), a collaboration of 11 stone trade associations, worked closely with the National Center for Sustainability Standards at NSF International to develop the NSC 373 certification. This voluntary accreditation involves an intensive document submittal and reporting is verified by an onsite audit conducted by NSF International. Certifications are based upon a quarrier and/or fabricator’s performance and metrics for improvement in the categories of water efficiency, transportation, site management, land reclamation, corporate governance, overall energy consumption, management of excess process material and solid waste, safer chemical and materials management, human health and safety, and innovation. Similar to the LEED® rating system, there is a combination of required and optional credits. An organization’s pursuit of elective, enhanced, or innovation performance credits are what determine their level of certification—bronze, gold, or platinum. The Michels Stone production facility and two of their Wisconsin quarries (Warmka and Fond du Lac) achieved Gold Level certification. “We are very pleased to be the fifth dimensional stone company in the world to be certified to the Natural Stone Council’s NSC 373 Standard,” said M. O. Bohrer, sales and marketing manager of Michels Corporation and former chairman of the Natural Stone Council. “We are equally proud to be the first company in Wisconsin to be certified, a state known for producing some of the highest quality and beautiful building stone in North America. The process was a very worthwhile endeavor and we are confident attaining this certification will reap dividends for us within the design community.” The NSC also recently reported that its NSC 373 certification is now recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED v4 building certification program, as well as the International Living Future Initiative’s Living Building Challenge (LBC) version 3.1. Now design teams have a clear path to ensure the stone they specify helps projects reach sustainability goals as outlined by LEED and LBC. “Pursuit of the NSC 373 certification was an easy decision as it aligns with so much of what we stand for as an organization,” said Michael Schumacher, marketing and sales specialist for Michels Corporation. “There is a tangible benefit to both the environment and to our clients. As the market continues its search for sustainable products, it is important for buyers to know that they are choosing a stone that was harvested and produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.” The NSC established the sustainable stone certification standard in 2014 with two goals in mind—to provide natural stone quarriers and fabricators with thirdparty verification of their sustainable practices and to give the building and design community confidence that certified stone is a sustainable material choice. “We are very pleased with the commitment Michels Stone and Michels Materials has made to our core valTurn to MICHELS/page 18 B

At left, Michels Stone employees work to harvest material from one of their quarry sites. Some of those sites are in the rural Chilton/New Holstein area.

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ues of sustainability and environmental stewardship,” added Dave Melum, director of HSE and Technical Services for Michels. “It is a well-deserved honor and we are very proud of this outstanding accomplishment. Attainment of the NSC 373 certification illustrates our continued commitment to our people, the environment and the communities in which we operate.” Michels Stone is a specialized producer of natural building stone and a fabricator of dimensional stone products. Michels sources materials from their quarries throughout Wisconsin—including in the New Holstein area—to produce stone in a vast array of sizes, colors, textures, and finishes. Products are used for home and commercial building elements, landscaping, and other unique uses. Whenever possible, Michels Stone salvages and reuses stone, either for new construction or as aggregate. These products are used to service the Tri-County area with natural stone sourced from nearly 30 quarry sites located within the circulation of this publication. Michels is a diversified infrastructure and utility contractor self-performing construction throughout North America and abroad. It is licensed in and has worked in all 50 states with over 30 facilities located across North America. Its markets include oil and gas, communications, power delivery, transportation, deep foundations, heavy civil, sewer and water, railway, renewable, and construction materials. The company’s seasoned construction professionals are well diversified in many construction techniques. Michels

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St. Mary Springs Academy in Fond du Lac (above) and Pioneer Courage Park (right) in Omaha, Nebraska have stone harvested from this area of the state.

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Premier helps boost financial health By Mark Sherry Anytime is a good time for a person to improve their financial picture, and Premier Financial Credit Union has a number of resources to make that happen. Among those tools are Premier Financial’s ongoing and incredible loan deals, including 7- and 10-year fixed rate home mortgage loans with rates as low as 3.5 percent. Yes, Premier Financial Credit Union does home mortgages—not to mention loaning money for cars, boats, all-terrain vehicles, campers, motorcycles, vacations, weddings, debt consolidation, etc. People have even come in to one of the offices in Kiel, New Holstein or Chilton to borrow money for a replacement washing machine. “We still make $50 loans,” said Steve Nothem, president and chief executive officer of Premier Financial. The credit union has 10 employees who work in the lending area and between them they have 165 years of experience in lending either at Premier Financial or other financial institutions. There are at least two employees skilled in all aspects of lending at each of Premier’s three offices, and all decisions are made locally. One thing which sets Premier Financial apart in the lending arena is the fact that it still takes into account who a person is when making loan decisions. “Character is important here,” Nothem said. In return, Nothem said he continues to be amazed at the loyalty which members have shown to the credit union. Closing costs are covered In addition to extremely low interest

rates right now, members at Premier Financial can benefit from a current deal in which all closing costs (in-house loans only, not including construction loans) are covered by the credit union. Closing costs can include origination fees, discount points, appraisal fees, title searches, insurance, recording fees, credit reports, and possible other costs. Construction loans, ARM loans, and home equity lines of credit are available at PFCU. These credit union loan products can be used for a person’s primary residence, a second or vacation home, investment property, vacant land, or mobile homes. Prequalifications also are available at Premier Financial. People can find out ahead of time if they qualify for a home loan, the amount for which they qualify, the monthly payment they can afford, and which type of mortgage best serves their needs. Having a prequalification amount increases a person’s negotiating power with the realtor and/or seller and saves time and money by allowing the buyer to look for a house they can afford. They will know the loan requirements ahead of time, putting them in a better bargaining position. If the depth of the credit union’s lending capabilities catches some people by surprise, they really might be interested to note that Premier Financial hired a full-time business lender last May. Chris Schultz is based in PFCU’s New Holstein office but will travel anywhere to meet with current or prospective clients in the credit union’s primary service area of Manitowoc, Calumet, and Sheboygan counties, along with portions of Fond du

The team of New Holstein member relations specialists at Premier Financial Credit Union are (front, from left) Sara Cardinal and Karen Lisowe; and (back) Chris Schultz and Jim Vandenhouten.

Lac and Outagamie counties. “We have the ability to serve most small businesses in our market,” Nothem said. With 21 years of experience in business lending, Schultz brings the same philosophy to PFCU’s members—the belief that the business owner still matters. It is all part of a culture of caring about members which permeates Premier Financial Credit Union. Another example of that—and yet another resource for helping members—is the fact that three

Premier Financial employees in the past year became Certified Credit Union Financial Counselors (CCUFC). 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. Goch explained new CCUFCs reTurn to PREMIER/page 20 B

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CMC’s orthopedic surgeon enjoys work By Janet Murphy Dr. Craig Olson’s orthopedic surgery practice at Calumet Medical Center has experienced steady growth during the past ten years, increasing from a half day a week when he started to the four days a week he currently spends at CMC. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Olson is a 1976 graduate of Orcas Island High School, having grown up on Orcas Island in the Puget Sound. He attended the University of Washington in Seattle where he majored in Chemical Engineering. After some time working in engineering, Olson found his way to the medical field, and, having always enjoyed working on cars, he recognized that Orthopedics was a part of medicine that was really kind of a mechanical engineerish type thing. He said, “I realized engineering was pertinent to orthopedics. Half of the stuff I do now is really engineering-it’s surgery, but it’s engineering.” Olson graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago in 1988 and did his residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital. He also attended Western Sydney Orthopaedic Associates and Affiliated Hospitals in Australia on a one-year fellowship for extra training in shoulder and sports medicine. Personal experiences With personal injuries stemming primarily from playing high school football and basketball and college intramural sports that ranged from torn up ankles and a broken toe, to a broken wrist and a torn ACL, Olson admitted he was also drawn to Orthopedic medicine due to the many surgeries he underwent himself. He estimates that between football and basketball, he broke his nose about ten times. He said it’s straight now because the last time it was broken was during a hospital basketball league game, and one of the guys on the team was an EMT who fixed it on the spot. “And I had to go to shoot some foul shots and I made them both.” The procedures Dr. Olson usually performs encompass pretty much all of the joints from the neck down, including a lot of rotator cuff and shoulder surgery, trigger finger, ganglion cysts, carpal tunnel releases, De Quervain’s release, foreign body removal and some ACL and MCL. Olson estimated he does 100 to 150 office-based procedures a year at CMC, and the total approaches 500 when inpatient and outpatient surgeries are included. According to Olson, office-based surgery and outpatient joint replacement are two of the things moving the field forward, as the surgical techniques be-

come more streamlined and safer for the patient. Examples include carpal tunnel surgery which is now done in the office, and knee replacement which is now an outpatient procedure. Olson said the office-based carpel tunnel procedure eliminates the hospital OR charge and the anesthesia charge, noting, “What we found is that the overall cost is less than 50 percent, so for patients paying out of pocket, it’s a huge savings for them, especially with a big deductible.” Olson added, “Who would have thought ten years ago that’s an outpatient procedure, but we have a lot of patients that have total hips, total shoulders, total knees that go home the same day. Ten years from now, hopefully that will be the norm as opposed to the exception. Right now it’s the exception.” Prefers spinal anesthesia Olson also gave his rationale for preferring spinal anesthesia to general anesthesia for some of the procedures, noting the spinal usually numbs the patient from below, and after it wears off and the patient’s pain is under control and they become mobile and do some physical therapy to show that they’re safe, they can go home that day. He said up to 10% of their hip- and knee replacements will go home the same day. Olson feels with the spinal anesthesia you’re just polluting the lower half of the body, so vital organs, including the heart, lungs, brain, and most of the nervous system, are not as affected. “We know that their pain is better controlled when they kind of wake up from the spinal, because the anesthesia person can adjust and really make sure their pain control is right, because they’re awake.” Olson said the tighter pain control “Also helps with patient rehab because the fear factor has changed a little bit for them, so the therapist now has more of a chance to say ‘OK, we’re going to get you up and move you.’” He also said the rate of infection and blood clots is higher with general anesthesia than with spinal anesthesia, which are additional factors he tells his patients when they’re faced with surgery. He admitted it’s easier for patients to be put under general anesthesia, but praised the anesthesiologist at CMC, saying, “We’re lucky with Mike Klaeser who’s here. You know he is not a guy to take the easy way for anything, and he’s a big part why I work here because he’s so dedicated to figuring out better ways to do stuff. It’s nice to have a partner like him helping me with pain control. He’s unbelievable, the hospital is so blessed to have him.” One of the more recent procedures Dr.


ceived 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 already benefitted Premier Financial members. Lisowe emphasized that financial counseling is not just for current PFCU members but for anyone who might be struggling with finances. “They need to

Dr. Craig Olson is an orthopedic surgeon at Calumet Medical Center. Janet Murphy photo

Olson offers is anterior hip replacement, noting it doesn’t require cutting through any muscles like the posterior surgery does. He said it became clear about two and a half years ago that anterior hip replacement surgery was something he had to look into after one of his patients from Manitowoc insisted he be the one to do the procedure for her. Olson said, “I did her first hip in Manitowoc, and then it was easier to develop the system here because I always had the same team. Mike and the people working in the room were a very consistent team, which I wouldn’t get in Manitowoc. So it was easier for me to improve the process, and a year later she came and had her other one done here.” Olson added, “Frankly she said she was impressed with the experience. People coming from a bigger hospital are going to wonder about going out to

this little place, but once they have the experience and just realize that everyone here is so focused on taking care of local people that most of the time they know, the level of service is different. It’s a whole different perspective. Whereas as the hospital gets bigger, it’s not really personal because there’s no real connection.” He compared the process to doing a NASCAR pit stop, saying, “You want to have six people take care of your car that know exactly how to do it to get it done efficiently and quickly. So the team really becomes an important part to the driver because if it’s a bad pit stop, you lose a bunch of spots. It’s the same way here. They’re all so valuable.” The NASCAR reference is no accident, as Olson’s other passion is driving Turn to CMC/page 21 B

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Do-it-yourself law? Not a good idea By Mark Sherry With decades of service as an attorney serving Kiel and the surrounding area, Jim Ungrodt has seen plenty of trends come and go as the times change in his profession. “Nothing is as constant as change, especially in the legal profession,” Ungrodt said recently while sitting at his desk in his longtime office at 317 Fremont St. Ungrodt has observed that the number of lawyers in Wisconsin has remained the same in recent years but there are probably fewer lawyers based in smaller communities such as Kiel. Ungrodt did a quick comparison of practicing attorneys in Kiel, New Holstein, and Chilton from the 1980s to today and by his count they have declined by about 30 percent. While fewer lawyers might be part of a punch line for a joke, Ungrodt said the reasons for that trend are not good for society. “Other businesses have said, ‘Oh, you don’t need a lawyer for that,’” Ungrodt said. “There are do-it-yourself lawyers. People are hurting themselves by doing that and often spending more money by not using the services of a lawyer in many cases.” Ungrodt said one example where that is true is in real estate transactions where he sees too many people shunning the use of an attorney and then being charged excessive fees for relatively basic procedures. “People are taking a financial risk by trying to do ‘simple’ real estate matters without an attorney,” he said. Other home buyers, Ungrodt said, have been stung by finding out after the fact

At right, Kiel attorney Jim Ungrodt can list a number of reasons why it makes good sense for people to use the services of a lawyer from the area in which they live.

that there are certain legal encumbrances connected with their property that they might have known about had they involved a lawyer who is good at reading the fine print and knowing what to read carefully. The high cost of education to become a lawyer may be another factor which is diminishing their numbers. Those new lawyers who are entering the field usually locate in larger cities. All these factors are “pushing the little guy out,” Ungrodt said. “There are a lot of good lawyers in small firms.” With all that said, Ungrodt believes there are just as many reasons people should look to attorneys in small firms and small communities to get the best possible assistance. “We know the issues in the community and we know the people,” he said. “We are going to give them as effective service as possible.” Once again, Ungrodt emphasized that attorneys know how to and will check into “more than just the obvious” when it comes to any type of legal transaction. Ungrodt said he handles multiple different aspects of law including collections, landlord/tenant issues, real estate transactions, and estate planning. For more information or to get assistance from a hometown attorney with years of experience, stop in Ungrodt’s office or call 894-2283.


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and restoring racecars. Olson said he’s been going to Road America since 1983 when he came to Chicago for medical school. While he’s been the driver, having raced mainly at Road America in Elkhart Lake and a few laps at Kaukauna and the Milwaukee Mile, he said he and his mechanic, Kyle Bauknecht from Value-Pro in Reedsville, now restore cars together, including mostly NASCAR

cars and old muscle cars, like mustangs and camaros going back to the late 60s and early 70s. “I really like that part. I can be a racer over there, or I can be an orthopedic surgeon over there, and they’re both things I’m passionate about which makes it fun.” Olson resides in Elkhart Lake with his wife, Renée.

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NH Utilities continually updating its systems Many people are familiar with the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That may be true for some things, but there are times when it makes sense to make improvements or upgrades to processes, procedures, or equipment. For many years, New Holstein Utilities (NHU) has continuously evaluated what can be done to improve the services provided to their customers. Randy Jaeckels, general manager of NHU, said, “It is extremely important for NHU to be proactive in providing quality services at economical prices. People do not want electric service interruptions, poor water quality, and sewer back-ups. Yes, at times we have our problems, no utility system is perfect. But the staff and Utilities Commission is dedicated to do our best to provide excellent products and services. We are always looking for ways to make improvements.” New Holstein Utilities was busy in 2016 making improvements and more projects are planned for 2017. While most of the work on the new blower and pump building at the wastewater treatment plant was completed by the end of 2015, some minor work was completed in 2016 to finish the project. The utility hosted an open house in early June so the New Holstein residents (and any other interested parties) could review the improvements made to the facility. Representatives from Sen. Ron Johnson’s office and Congressman Reid Ribble’s office also attended. Jaeckels said he is pleased with how

the new equipment at the wastewater treatment plant is operating. He reports that the energy savings for the wastewater treatment plant have been very good. In 2016, electric consumption was reduced by approximately 37 percent at the plant. Overall, the facility saved over $31,610 (33.2 percent) on its utility costs, including the use of natural gas for heating the blower building and the administrative/lab building. Infrastructure work done In July 2016, NHU worked with the City of New Holstein and a contractor to complete infrastructure work on State Avenue between Calumet Avenue and Plymouth Street. The utility invested over $168,000 to replace water and sanitary sewer main, and service laterals to the customers’ property line. The Electric Department staff dedicated time in 2016 to complete a threephase tie line from Tecumseh Road to Irish Road to St. Charles Road. In completing this tie line and adding some switches, NHU enhanced its ability to provide faster response to get more customers back in service in case of a large-scale electric outage in the area. Customers west of Irish Road now have the capability of being served from two different areas. A contractor also installed new underground electric wire to replace an aging electric line near the south end of Jefferson Street and Sunset Turn to NHU/page 23 B

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Lane. In 2017 the clarifier at the wastewater treatment facility will receive a makeover. The center pier and the drive assembly will be replaced. The scum blade and trough as well as the skimmer assembly also will be replaced. The walking bridge will be removed, blasted and repainted. The interior of the clarifier will receive a fresh coat of paint as well. The City of New Holstein plans to repave a part of Michigan Avenue so NHU will be completing a small infrastructure project to replace some old water and sanitary sewer main. NHU staff will be completing this work in June and early July. In order to upgrade some aging water softeners, NHU has again budgeted funds to replace 40 units throughout the service territory. Hayton line work planned The Electric Department staff will be spending time this year rebuilding the electric infrastructure located on Hayton Road from Tecumseh Road north toward Lime Kiln Road. Underground electric wire on portions of Illinois Avenue, Pleasant Avenue, and Jackson Street are scheduled to be replaced. In order to improve the utility’s electric mapping system, NHU staff will be out in the service territory gathering information on the location of each pole, pedestal, and pad-mount transformer. New Holstein Utilities will continue to partner with the statewide Focus on Energy (FOE) program in 2017. The utility’s involvement in this program has been extremely successful. During 2016, NHU customers received $161,941 (of which $145,123 went to local businesses)

in energy incentives from FOE. The first-year anticipated savings from all products and projects incented by FOE totaled over 1.66 million Kilowatt-hours of electricity. After an absence of over a year, FOE has brought back the Appliance Recycling Program. A customer of NHU that has a working refrigerator or freezer that they would like to remove from their home or business can again do so through this program. Customers can schedule an appointment to have the appliance removed (for free) by calling (800) 354-1898. The units must be between 10 and 30 cubic feet. Customers will receive $35 from FOE. Another popular Focus on Energy program that is back again in 2017 is the Simple Energy Efficiency Program. The program offers a choice of several free or low-cost kits that may include energy and/or water saving items such as LED light bulbs and low-flow showerheads. NHU residential customers who have not participated in the program within the last three years and who live in houses or in apartments with three units or less may be eligible. Customers can call 866543-9303 or visit www.focusonenergy. com/simple to see if they are eligible and/or to order kits. Energy Star incentives NHU continues to offer customers incentives for the purchase of Energy Star rated applicances such as refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, and televisions. To help customers find Energy Star rated appliances, Focus on Energy now offers

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monitor ($10) will remain the same. For more information regarding this event, please visit the NHU Web site. If you know of a local student graduating from high school this year whose parent(s) or legal guardian(s) is a NHU customer, and the student will be attending a post-secondary school, check the NHU Web site for a scholarship application. The application process is very simple. There will be three $500 scholarships awarded this year. The scholarships are provided by NHU and their wholesale power provider, WPPI Energy. The deadline to submit an application is May 1, 2017. New Holstein Utilities also will be updating their Web site some time over the next several months. The updated Web site will provide more information and will provide a fresh new look that will include video capabilities. The new Web site will be more interactive for customers. Watch for more details to come. The web address will remain the same at Far from broken, there are plenty of improvements happening at New Holstein Utilities to provide better reliability and customer service.

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50 years in the family Vogel to observe half century as Kiel’s vehicle dealer By Mark Sherry Walter Vogel was selling cars in the small Manitowoc County village of St. Nazianz since 1929, and in the 1960s he saw an opportunity to expand to the nearby bigger city of Kiel. His sons Charlie and Chester were largely tasked with getting Vogel Chevrolet off the ground in Kiel. That was in 1967—50 years ago—and this year Vogel Chevrolet will be holding events this July to mark its first half century of business in the Kiel community. Helping to plan those anniversary celebrations will be the fourth generation of Vogel family members to work in the business. Tara Vogel—a greatgranddaughter of Walter—joined the business last August. Her father, Mike, 58, continues to own the business but said the plan is for Tara to someday become the fourth generation of Vogel family members to take the helm there. “I like meeting people,” Tara said when asked about her first impressions of working at Vogel Chevrolet. “I was kind of closed in at factory work. (Customers) are very dedicated to us. They like how we treat people.” Vogel’s small-town advantage Mike said, “We’re small-town with small-town tactics,” adding that is a good thing for customers. They get friendly, low-pressure sales help but knowledgeable, state-of-the-art service in all departments including service, body shop, and sales. That was the philosophy brought to Kiel in 1967 by the Vogel family which purchased the auto/farm implement building from the Hingiss family. Longtime residents will recall that the building has since housed other businesses such as Bella’s Custom Design and Treasured Moments Photography. The Vogel family purchased the building on Jan. 1, 1967. A grand opening was held March 31 of that year. Just two years later what was known as Vogel Chevrolet-Olds (Oldsmobile) built and moved to its new and much larger home at 710 Park Ave. where it continues to operate today as Vogel Chevrolet. Chester, who had operated Vogel School Hill Garage for 12 years after getting out of the Navy, served as the president and service manager of Vogel Chevrolet-Olds for 21 years until retiring in 1988. He passed away in 1992 at the age of 62. Keeping it in the family Charlie was still active in the business in 2009 when he passed away at the age of 75. Charlie’s sons Scott and Mike had been operating the business, although Scott left in March 2007. Like most children of business owners, Mike found himself being enlisted into helping at the family business as a young child. He recalls washing parts being one of his first jobs. Other than one summer after high school working at Walsdorf Roofing in Kiel, Mike has spent his career at Vogel Chevrolet. Long service tenures have been common at Vogel Chevrolet in all departments, including Charlie’s daughter Jennifer Lulloff who works in the office, is an officer of the company, and is part of the third generation of Vogel family members in the business. A number of non-Vogel family members have spent

Vogel Chevrolet was not at the downtown Kiel location (above) for long before moving out to Park Avenue (below).

decades at the business as well, which speaks highly of Vogel Chevrolet as a place to work. It also is a win-win as Vogel Chevrolet does not have to spend a lot of time hiring and training new employees, and customers benefit from the consistency of working with familiar, experienced employees. Other family members who have spent time working in the offices are Charlie’s daughter Becky Meyer, as well as Mike’s daughter Leah Hersey. Another of Mike’s daughters, Megan Vogel, did vehicle detailing for the Collision Center, and Mike’s granddaughter, Isabella, is also currently working in the detailing department. Keeping up the reputation “The body shop earned a tremendous reputation years ago along with the service department,” Mike said. It has been the task of the more recent generations and their employees to keep that reputation going. Technology has helped them do that, such as in the area of parts ordering. Mike recalled when it used to take 10 to 14 days for some parts to arrive. Now many parts can be obtained on the same day or, at worst, the next day after being ordered. People in the market to buy a new or used vehicle also use the latest technology to do their homework before heading off to a dealership. Tara said studies show that new car buyers spend about two hours in dealerships but many more hours than that studying online before heading off to the lot. Mike said, “Expectations always increase, but they are more knowledgeable than they used to be.” Vogel Chevrolet also keeps up on the

latest technology in its Service Department with all the diagnostic equipment necessary to let the computers in today’s cars help technicians know what is happening. Just as generations of Vogel family members have guided the business over the past 50 years, so have generations

of families been loyal in keeping their business at Vogel Chevrolet. Mike said he could name individual customers who have purchased as many as 15 different vehicles at Vogel Chevrolet. That is just one more success story of the first 50 years in Kiel for Vogel Chevrolet.

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Fuhrmann a service giant for over 37 years By Faye Burg After providing the area with heating and cooling services for the past 37-plus years, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is extending its quality service to include all plumbing needs as well. Jarred Ellman joined the partnership lin 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 five 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 Altitude Roofing and 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, geothermal, 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 hook-ups to the natural gas lines. 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

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

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Trinity Lutheran School adds faith focus By Mike Mathes Just like any other school, Trinity Lutheran School fulfills the needs of its students by educating from the academic, physical and emotional realms of learning. At Trinity Lutheran School, however, there is a fourth realm that plays a large role in the education of young people— and that’s the spiritual realm. “We teach all the same curriculum that any other school would teach,” Adam Glodowski, Trinity Lutheran School principal said. “But we have the opportunity to share the faith-based perspectives that so many parents are seeking for their children these days.” No matter what religious background a family might come from, Trinity Lutheran School seeks to provide a faith-based educational option for consideration. “We fit that niche for families that desire faith-based education for their children,” Glodowski said. Trinity Lutheran School, serving the Kiel area since 1983, offers instruction ranging from 3-year-old kindergarten through eighth grade. A total of 88 students are attending Trinity Lutheran this year. Similar curriculum “We offer a curriculum that is similar to what public schools offer,” Glodowski said. “We teach reading, math, grammar, science and history, but we also add religion into the curriculum.” Additional instruction is offered in music, art and physical education. Trinity Lutheran School continues to integrate technology into the learning process. Tablets are made available to younger students, while Chrome books are used to give students exposure to technology tools. “We try to work with both traditional learning methods along with the available technology,” Glodowski said. “We let the content dictate the curriculum, not the machine.” Most class sizes are approximately 16 students with multiple grades in some rooms. However, Trinity Lutheran works hard to tailor its education to the needs of the students, whether it be those who excel or those who struggle. Spiritual perspectives As a faith-based learning institution, Trinity Lutheran is also able to weave spirital discussions and perspectives into the learning process. “It influences how we teach children about the world around them. We don’t hide from the evolution vs. creation discussion, but we do try to take it on in light of God’s word,” Glodowski said. When studying historical events, for example, the teachers are able to talk about how kids might see God’s hand at work in history. “We try to help them make sense of a messy world by talking about how our beliefs play into that,” Glodowski said. In addition to its traditional classroom activities, Trinity Lutheran School also promotes multiple extra-currucular activities. Sports offered at the school include soccer, basketball, softtball, track and wrestling. Academic opportunities beyond the classroom include field trips, science fairs and quiz bowls. Some are hosted by Manitowoc Lutheran High School. Students also have opportunities to

participate in programs for music and art. Even though Trinity Lutheran has its own sports teams, the school also encourages its players to continue to take part on their community teams. The school cooperates with the Kiel Area Basketball Association, offering KABA the opportunity to use its gym facilities for team practices. Glodowski also praised the relationship that Trinity Lutheran maintains with the local school districts including support and communication.

Parent involvement One of the keys to the success of the school is the involvement of parents. Parents have the opportunity to both serve and be served Trinity Lutheran. “Our first objective is to be together in community. That’s what our faith-based world view calls us to be,” Glodowski said. “Parents hold each other up, learn from each other and build relationships to help support the exhausting job of parenting.” He added that whether the parent is connected to the church or not, Trinity Lutheran School wants them to have those positive relationships with the school and other parents. Parents also have opportunities to grow in community through the many chances to volunteer in service to the school. Gettting to know the school For parents interested in getting to know more about Trinity Lutheran, Glodowski suggests scheduling a visit to the school. “The best way for people to get to know more about us is to come for a tour any time. We will show them through the building, let them observe and ask questions,” he said. The school also hosts major public events throughout the year to connect with the wider community. At the appropriate holidays, Trinity Lutheran School hosts Easter for Kids, Christmas for Kids and Trunk or Treat. Other special activities include Jump Rope For Heart, Grandparents Day, Scholastic Book Fair, all-school plays, art receptions, a Children’s Christmas service, and literature fairs to name a few examples. Keeping costs affordable Glodowski said Trinity Lutheran strives to keep the costs of its tuition affordable. Contributions from congregation members enable the church to subsidized family who have students at Trinity Lutheran, whether they are members of the congregation or not. “We are fortunate here. Our congregation is so supportive of the school. The people of the church love this school and they are happy to offer their support,” Glodowski said. “That’s a real blessing for Trinity Lutheran School.” Glodowski said the aim is to make the faith-based education an available and affordable option for everyone in the wider Kiel community. In addition to support from the church, the school also has a scrip program to allow families an opportunity to work toward tuition requirements. “We are not for everyone, but we will accept anyone,” Glodowski said. online COMMUNITY! contribute•share•inform•link•learn•enjoy•participate

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Fuhrmann 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 & Cool-



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ing Inc. participates yearly in the MidShores Home Builders annual Home 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 37 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 online COMMUNITY! contribute•share•inform•link•learn•enjoy•participate

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Delta ‘gets the word out’ in variety of ways Delta Publications, Inc. owner Mike Mathes has used the phrase for years that the company is not a newspaper business, it is an information business. That is as true as ever as Delta Publications, Inc. seeks to bring information to people in a wide variety of ways. One of those ways is iwantthenews. com, the Web site of the Tri-County News. A redesigned continues to bring breaking news and information which changes daily to its audience. News, sports, and letters to the editor continue to be among the information posted at From its inception years ago, one of the most popular features has been the obituaries section. The Delta Publications, Inc. staff works to post local obituaries as soon as they become available, including nights, weekends, and holidays. Mark Sherry, editor of the Tri-County News, said, “With our weekly newspaper, if a person passes away on a Thursday and the funeral is going to be Monday, we can’t get that information in the printed newspaper—but it is there online so that people can know about it in time to attend the funeral services.” Special sections—such as this New Holstein Progress edition—are posted on and can be seen in their entirety there. The Web site also offers the continuing opportunity for people to do keyword searches for past information by using that feature on the site. The new and improved iwantthenews. com has brought sharper photos to viewers as well as improved calendar listings. Delta Publications, Inc. also continues

to offer BizPost listings on its Web site. BizPost offers specials from local companies as well as online calendar information. While Delta Publications, Inc. continues to deliver information in high-tech ways, words and images printed on newsprint continue to be a huge part of the company.

The Tempo continues to be the premier free distribution “shopper” publication for the area between Lake Winnebago and Lake Michigan. Distributed to approximately 20,000 homes in that area, the Tempo comes out each Tuesday and includes advertising for everything from local fundraisers to local grocery store specials to inserts for major area

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Goebel Builders observes 10 years

2007 was not the best year to start a business, but Jim Goebel was ready with years of experience behind him and increasing requests for his services. He had a vision—provide quality craftsmanship, honest communication, and added value to every project at a reasonable price. Goebel Builders LLC’s first client was a new home for a long-time resident of the St. Peter area. “When I decided to build a house, I was overwhelmed with the concept,” Lori Schneider said. “Jim was very accommodating and explained all of the available options in terms I could understand. I strongly recommend Goebel Builders for any construction project. They are committed to excellence with determined attention to detail. In fact, when the flooring contractor installed the carpeting on my stairs, he mentioned he didn’t even have to cut it to fit because the measurements were so exact. Goebel Builders, simply put, provides quality with knowledge, plus Jim is a very nice guy.” Although Jim and his wife Cindi cannot believe how fast 10 years flew by, the business has consistently grown every year, adding employees, equipment, and recently a large workshop which can accommodate custom pieces including bookshelves, furniture, and bars, to name a few. Throughout the years, Goebel Builders, LLC has had many loyal, repeat clients and for that they said they are very appreciative. One of these relationships

is with Dr. Darold Treffert, who said, “Goebel Builders has always delivered prompt, skilled, precise work in a timely, conscientious, courteous, and fair-priced manner.” The business’s crew of versatile carpenters brings many years of experience as well. The team of Brian Birschbach, Mike Schaefer, Zach Perry, along with Jim, really has continued to deliver great results. They communicate well together, are reliable, and drive home the mission of consistent, quality craftsmanship. Goebel Builders, LLC is continuing its success into 2017 with their latest client moving into his new house this February. Jim Waldschmidt of Eden said, “This has been a positive experience from start to finish. Jim Goebel and his crew have been very helpful, continuously offering guidance from design to completion.” “We attend classes regularly to stay knowledgeable of industry trends and best practices,” Jim said. “We make it a top priority to design and build a home that suits each client’s style and budget. Building for energy efficiency is also stressed. Education for the clients is key, as some homes may look great, but the additional cost of heating and cooling adds up if the house isn’t built correctly.” Services include design, contracting, new homes, additions, garages, remodeling, and custom woodworking. “We do all our own framing, siding, and finish work as well,” Jim said. “Being established since 2007, we have great relationships with local subcontractors that share the same goals and positive attitude as ours. We are fully licensed and insured, as well as a member of the FDL/Dodge Home Builders Association.”

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Sherry said, “We’re extremely pleased with how the Tri-County News continues to be accepted in all our communities as the place people look to first to get their news and information. There has been a lot of talk in recent years about the supposed plight of newspapers, but local newspapers still play a critical role in communities.” Technology has even changed the way much of the news come to a newspaper office. Sherry said that, on average, he receives about 50 news items emailed to him each week for the Tri-County News, and one recent week saw that number approach 70. “I take that as a great sign that people want to get their information in the Tri-County News because they realize it is the best single source of information

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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. “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, lawn mowers, and automobiles.” 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

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