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Tri-County news • New Holstein Progress • Thursday, April 26, 2018

40 years: By Mark Sherry Kraus Snowplows and Equipment’s business name does not begin to describe the variety of products and services offered by the rural New Holstein business. To be more accurate, the business could be called Kraus Snowplows, Salters, Farm Equipment, Concrete, and Truck Accessories—but that would be quite a bit to fit on a business card. Even that description does not encompass all the nuances of what husband and wife Tom and Deb Kraus, their son Aaron—better known as “Bear”—and the rest of the people on the 10-person payroll do at Kraus Snowplows and Equipment, located at W211 Kiel Rd. just east of Marytown. The business is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year as Tom purchased a farm equipment business from Marytown’s Paul Wagner in 1978. The first decade or two of the business was spent selling and installing a lot of silos and barn cleaners. Aaron, 38, said he recalls even as a boy climbing up silos to help with the family business. But farming has had its ups and downs economically over the years and has changed drastically over time, and it was during one of those downturns in the 1990s that Tom and Deb purchased a snowplow business from Jim Schoenborn of Johnsburg. Kraus Snowplows and Equipment continues to sell new Boss, Hiniker, and Western plows to a wide range of customers, from the homeowner to the farmer to the landscaper and small busi-

Kraus Snowplows does a lot more than fits on business card

Tom and Deb Kraus and their son Aaron “Bear” have a total of 10 people on the payroll at Kraus Snowplows and Equipment, a business which also does a lot of cement work throughout the area. Mark Sherry photo

ness owner. Tom said the biggest plow they sell is a 16-foot pusher. Like just about everything these days, technology continues to improve snow

plows with components made out of better materials, LED lights, mounting systems which are quicker and easier, etc. But, as Tom said, snow plowing is a

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

Assisting at American Family Insurance’s New Holstein office are (from left) Elizabeth Behnke, Wendy Mertens, Gina Voland, agency owner Cheryl Brack, Harmony Wusterbarth, and Austin Brack. Mark Sherry photo

restore dreams, American Family’s commitment is to be innovative, caring, agile, trustworthy, transparent and passionate. Innovative programs offered to keep customers safe include smart home tech-

nology, which assists in keeping families safe and secure. American Family also offers a Teen Safe Driver program which helps keep teen drivers safe by recognizing risky driving habits and helps parents

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Tri-County news • New Holstein Progress • Thursday, April 26, 2018


Snowplows and Equipment helps. They repair or replace hoses, motors, springs, and other wearing parts on plows. They also sell used plows, and plows which can be put on all-terrain and utility vehicles. They do not do snow plowing themselves, but exist to help out the many plow operators in the area who do keep parking lots and driveways clear of snow. That also includes sales and service of salters, from hand-push varieties to ones which are installed on the back of dump trucks. Since snow plow work is basically a seasonal activity, the business needs something to boost its warmer-weather work load. It has that niche in concrete work. From small projects for residential customers—a couple sidewalk blocks, a small pad outside a door or a slightly larger one for a patio—to much larger projects for commercial and agricultural customers, Kraus can do the work. Their biggest job to date was a 300 foot by 250 foot feed pad for a local farmer, a job which took over 800 yards of concrete and found their crew working from about 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. Kraus contracts with area concrete providers to deliver the concrete, but it does all its own site preparation work and the hands-on flat work of spreading and smoothing the concrete.

continued from page 2A Concrete projects also have included truck scales, feed bins, lanes in robotic milking parlors, pads for commercial storage facilities, and manure pits—including one in the area which stretched 600 feet. In addition to those products and services, Kraus Snowplows and Equipment also continues to sell feed mixers, alley scrapers, and freestalls to area farmers, working in conjunction with Patz Corporation of Pound and Agromatic Inc. of Fond du Lac. The business also dabbles in a few truck accessories, including sales and installation of running boards, small dump bodies, and trailer hitches. To handle the large scope of this diversified business, Kraus Snowplows and Equipment constructed an additional shop building a few years ago. Business also has been boosted by its Web site— Tom said they make the occasional plow service call and have been as far as Milwaukee to do so, as well as Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Oshkosh, and Green Bay. He said they even have a couple customers who live on Washington Island off the tip of Door County. For more information about all the products and services offered by Kraus Snowplows and Equipment, call the office at 894-2488.

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“We live and work in the community and are available when you need us,” Brack added. “I provide my cell phone number to all of my clients so that I am easily accessible to them at all hours of the day.” Brack is active in the community, serving with the Chamber of Commerce, Kiel Junior Achievement, Kiel Optimist Club and Kiel Riverwalk District. “Many people do not realize that we can help them with all types of insurance including business, farms, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, boats, Medicare supplement policies, health and life insurance,” Brack said. “We receive many calls from clients who are not aware that we offer these products.” The American Family Kids Dream family film series enables Brack to provide free movie passes multiple times per year. The movie passes are valid Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 10 a.m. at Marcus Theatres. Interested families can stop in the office for more information. “I have the opportunity to work with and meet people from many different backgrounds and enjoy taking the time to get to know each person,” she added. “It is rewarding to be able to help someone in their time of need if an unfortunate situation should arise.” Brack can be reached by calling the Kiel office at 894-7100 or the New Holstein office at 898-4500. online COMMUNITY! contribute•share•inform•link•learn•enjoy•participate



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Tri-County news • New Holstein Progress • Thursday, April 26, 2018


Getting people back in action for 25 years By Mark Sherry Most if not all businesses and industries have to spend time educating the public about what they do in order to dispel misconceptions, and that holds true for physical therapists. At Back-in-Action Rehabilitation in New Holstein, physical therapists John Olson and Jenny Schiedermayer still hear these things on occasion: “Physical therapy always hurts.” “They only deal with back issues there.” “I didn’t know I had a choice in where I go to physical therapy.” Those and other statements are myths, and Back-in-Action Rehabilitation has done well enough in educating and serving the public that it is celebrating its 25th anniversary of business this year. Olson has been part of Back-in-Action since it got its start in Fond du Lac in 1993, and today the clinic has locations in Kewaskum and Mayville in addition to Fond du Lac and New Holstein. He said he gets around to all the locations but primarily sees patients in New Holstein. NH clinic since 2005 Back-in-Action started the New Holstein clinic at 1401 Milwaukee Dr. (STH 32/57) next to CRW Insurance Services in 2005. All four locations will simultaneously celebrate Back-in-Action’s 25th anniversary on Wednesday, May 9 with an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop by for a sandwich and to see what happens at Back-in-Action.

“Word of mouth is big for us,” Olson said. “I would say we’ve steadily grown.” Spreading an accurate, positive message about physical therapy is important, Olson said. “Physical therapy doesn’t have to be painful,” he said, and the experienced, well-trained therapists at Back-in-Action do their best in support of that statement. “Patient recovery and satisfaction is obviously a keystone to our success,” Olson said. He was referring to a recent Back-in-Action patient survey in which the clinic had an 88 percent patient perceived recovery score, with over 90 percent of patients saying they were “very satisfied” with Back-in-Action. “We are very happy with our survey results, it tells us patients are getting better and are pleased with the process,” Olson said. “Although we don’t get everyone better I feel certain that patients feel we did all that we could to try to make it possible.” Working together to get better Olson said he would be the first to admit that not everyone walks away from Back-in-Action—or any rehabilitation clinic, for that matter—claiming to be back to 100 percent healthy, and he also said what patients do for their health outside their time in the clinic is crucial. “We don’t get everyone better,” he said. “I’m still humbled by every patient who comes in. Getting patients involved as much as possible with their program is important. Everybody has got busy lives, I understand that. If they want to get bet-

Shrek decided to photo bomb a picture of Physical Therapist John Olson and Assistant Jenny Schiedermayer at Back-in-Action Rehabilitation in New Holstein. Mark Sherry photo

ter, it is important for us to educate them on activities, exercises, and behaviors that they can do to improve and avoid further re-injury.” That is said out of a genuine concern for the welfare of his patients, Olson said, adding that many of his patients also are friends or acquaintances whom he has gotten to know after years of being involved in activities in the local communities. As a friend, Olson said he wants local residents to know that they do not have to travel 25 miles to a bigger city to get the best in physical therapy—because it is right here in New Holstein. He said, “People need to know they have a choice in where they go.” Physicians may rec-

ommend a specific clinic, but all patients have the right to request where they wish to receive their care. That care is head to toe at Back-in-Action. “We see people for any part of the body,” Schiedermayer said. The licensed physical therapy assistant pointed out that headaches are a common ailment with which they can often provide relief. Their training also can provide relief to people experiencing issues in shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, spine, hips, knees, ankles, and feet. Joining the NH clinic Schiedermayer is a Kimberly High Turn to REHAB/page 6A


Tri-County news • New Holstein Progress • Thursday, April 26, 2018

Machinery not always small at Tri-City By Mark Sherry The word “small” is obviously in the name of Tri-City Small Engine Repair, but sometimes the equipment being brought to their New Holstein shop is anything but small. Everything from feed carts, bedding choppers, and wagons used on farms to big trucks operated by local businesses have found their way to Tri-City Small Engine Repair’s shop at 2204 Calumet Dr. (STH 32/57). It is not the big engine under the hood which is the issue, but a small motor located elsewhere on the equipment used for operating a wide variety of special functions—inflating tires, pumping sewage, moving feed or crops from one spot to another, etc. Tri-City Small Engine does not have the space or facility to move big equipment indoors to work on it, so father-son team Scott and Josh Buechel head outside—in all types of weather—to get the local farmer, business owner or employee back in action as quickly as possible. In business for 16 years This is just one more example of how Tri-City Small Engine Repair has been the go-to place for fixing just about anything with a small engine since 2002. The reputation the family owned and operated business has built over those years keeps them very busy, although the volume of equipment they sell and service can be impacted by something out of their control—the weather. “Winter could have been a whole lot better,” Scott said, referring to the general lack of snow in this area this past season. The family enjoys snowmobiling themselves, and as business people they also need to sell their annual stock of new snow blowers. Josh pointed out that some early snowfalls did indeed boost sales, but in their business the more snow the merrier for both sales of new equipment and repair of existing equipment. Thankfully, they also sell ice drills and Dolmar/Makita chain saws, and service all brands of that equipment as well. Ready for spring The same weather impact can be felt in the warmer months as dry spells can mean less operation of equipment by farmers and home owners. Spring has been slow in coming this year and conditions are indeed dry, but the Buechels also know that all can change very quickly. When it does, they are ready to help people with another season of growing crops and cutting grass. That includes having a full showroom right now of riding and push mowers, with Simplicity and Snapper brands filling much of the space. They said Simplicity continues to improve its suspension of riding mowers by using spring-loaded shocks, providing a very smooth ride. Electronic fuel injection engines also are becoming more prevalent on riding mowers. Advances such as those two found Josh saying, “It’s getting to be more like cars every day.” EGO brand battery-powered mowers and trimmers also continue to gain popularity because of their multiple advantages, including being 30 percent quieter than gas-powered mowers, eliminating the need to mix gas and oil for trimmers, being more economical and environmentally friendly, and being ready to run with the push of a button. Scott has worked on gasoline engines for virtually his entire life, but he said even he now uses an electric trimmer.

Father-son team Scott and Josh Buechel are joined by the company mascot in their Tri-City Small Engine Repair showroom. New entry doors were added in the past year and a flooring project is coming soon. Mark Sherry photo

Viewing all the new equipment at TriCity Small Engine Repair is easier than ever for customers as the Buechels installed a new entry door to the showroom in the past year. They did the exterior concrete work themselves and had New Holstein’s Schneider & Schneider Construction install the double doors. The center post can be removed to make it easy to move the equipment in and out of the showroom. Sometime this spring the Buechels plan to pour another concrete slab on the south side of the building to serve as a display area for equipment. Floor project planned In addition, they also are planning to refinish the floors in the showroom and close off the original entry door. While improvements are being made to the public areas of Tri-City Small Engine Repair, the back shop remains busy with the Buechels fixing all makes and models of mowers, trimmers, chain saws, and just about anything else with a motor on it. Josh repairs a lot of mopeds, and he also works on all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles. Asked to identify the main reasons why their repair services are so soughtafter, Scott said, “We don’t farm it out. We do it all here.” Josh added, “We work on multiple different brands.” That does not mean they never get curve balls thrown at them; as a matter fact, Scott and Josh said it happens often. But with their experience and formal education in the field—something they continue to update on an annual basis— they are almost always able to knock the job out of the park. Tri-City Small Engine Repair offers quick turnaround on repair jobs and pick up and delivery of heavy equipment. Asked if their pricing is competitive with others in the field, Scott said, “We’re always being told by our reps we should raise our rates.” But providing quality service in a quick and affordable way has kept TriCity Small Engine Repair a busy place for a long time, and that is not going to change. Now if only the weather would....

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School graduate and a May 2016 graduate of the PTA program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay. She worked at Back-in-Action’s Fond du Lac clinic for over a year before joining Olson at the New Holstein clinic last October. She pointed out that Back-in-Action also sees patients of all ages, from small children to the elderly. They see people recovering from injuries caused by falls or accidents to people suffering from chronic conditions. One common denominator is that they try to have fun with all their patients. Patients get a hint of this upon entering the office and noticing all the little figurines semi-hidden throughout the clinic—from Catwoman standing on top of a picture frame to Shrek hanging out on a piece of exercise equipment. Olson’s sense of humor also was evident when asked if they are seeing any trends in the type of ailments they are treating. “Pickleball injuries,” he said with a smile, although he added that they truly have seen a number of those from senior citizens who enjoy playing the game. While Back-in-Action can help them recover, Olson also encourages them, when possible, to keep on playing. “It gives folks an opportunity to stay ac-

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tive,” he said. Staying active is a message Olson has long spoken. He regularly puts on seminars in New Holstein, most recently for golfers on how to stretch and exercise to safely and better play the game. “All of our clinics periodically offer community educational programs to improve lifestyles,” he said. People can check out all the services and seminars offered by the clinic at its newly revised Web site, or follow on Facebook at There they will learn that people do not always need a physician’s referral to make an appointment at Back-in-Action, and that people usually can be seen within a few days of calling. The New Holstein clinic is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and other days by appointment. Olson said he really enjoys seeing patients from the greater New Holstein area. “It’s an awesome population of people to work with,” he said. “They’re very genuine people.” He said he is equally impressed with Back-in-Action’s staff throughout all four clinics. “We’ve got a really good group of people,” he said. “We have people who have been with us from the start.”

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New people, new ideas

DPW, library directors bring fresh perspective to City of NH

By Mark Sherry The City of New Holstein’s two newest department heads are bringing a fresh supply of energy, enthusiasm, and ideas to the community. Director of Public Works Jason Meyer and New Holstein Public Library Director D Hankins both understand what it is like to live, work, and contribute in a small community, and both said they are enjoying their positions with the City of New Holstein. Meyer is a graduate of New Holstein High School and married another NHHS graduate, Jolene Schoenborn. They have three children in the New Holstein School District—Connor, 13, a seventh grader; Makayla, 10, a fourth grader; and Elizabeth, 7, a first grader. Meyer has over 14 years of experience working in the private sector as a heavy equipment operator. He then became employed by the City of Fond du Lac and worked for them for 10 years in Public Works. His duties included plowing snow and doing street repairs including catch basins, curb and gutter, road panels, and handicap ramps. The City of Fond du Lac also uses its employees jointly with its water utility, so Meyer has six Municipal Waterworks Operator certifications and two Wastewater Operator certifications. Meyer is bringing the things he learned at his previous employment to New Holstein, expanding the scope of what the DPW does here. “We are trying to take on more projects ourselves; for example, removal and installation of sidewalks, curb and gutter, handicap ramps, and base work in our street reconstruction in order to save money.” He added that his crew has been very willing to tackle these new projects. Nearing the completion of his first year on the job in New Holstein, Meyer said he has seen the many positives the city of New Holstein has to offer as well as the challenges his department faces in keeping up with everything.

start going just by D, and that has been the case ever since. Her sense of humor showed when she joked that “D is short for Dee,” and that she does not mind if people want to add a period to D. Hankins was raised in the small community of Cameron—population around 1,200—in northwest Wisconsin. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, majoring in English Literature with a minor in Library Science. It was her minor which led her to be interested in a career in libraries, but she added, “I was always a bibliophile, obsessed with reading. Growing up, if I got good grades my prize was a book.” Hankins told a story about how as a child she had lost a library book and was so intimidated by the local librarian over the incident that she actually stopped going to the library for a good portion of her adolescence. As she began her career in library work, Hankins said, “I realized I could be the opposite of that librarian.”

Plenty to get done “The council is very good and very open,” he said. “The streets need a lot of repairs. For a small community, there is a lot to maintain” with over 90 acres of park space and amenities such as the Aquatic Center and the airport. Another challenge with which Meyer is involved is the city’s compost site. “The compost site is a tough situation,” he said. “We spend a lot of money on it from hauling brush to the burn site, burning brush and ash removal—thousands of dollars. It is open 24/7 to the residents of New Holstein, but we know there is a lot of it coming from different places. The council is working on this problem from a new sign to surveillance cameras.” Helping the DPW get as much done as possible is the fact that Meyer enjoys being a hands-on department head. He said he very much enjoys “being in the office only 20 percent of the job and being in the field 80 percent of the time. I enjoy being able to get my hands dirty.”

Helping in transition Hankins said previous Library Director Barb Weber was a great help during the transition period, and Weber continues to help out on occasion at the library. A new carpeting project was already in the planning stages when Hankins arrived and she was able to see it through. “It definitely needed a little bit of a facelift,” she said of the library. “I got to insert some of my own knowledge.” The carpeting project allowed some rearranging to be done in the library, and Hankins said she is pleased with how it worked out—even though it meant some 12- to 16-hour work days while she was pregnant. She and Nate are the parents of 8-month-old Louise. Lovers of old homes, the couple found one to buy in Chilton and are residing there with their 120-pound lab named Frank. Hankins said Frank is scheduled to make an appearance in the New Holstein Firemen’s Parade this year.

Directing the library First things first about D Hankins: What does the “D” stand for? She explained that her real name is Danielle and her father is Daniel. When she got to school, sometimes computer printouts— limited in the number of characters they could print out—would drop the last letter or two of her first name. Tired of being called Daniel, a friend suggested she

New technologies introduced In the meantime, Hankins continues to bring new technologies to library users, helps provide references and sources to answer all types of questions, and continues to move along plans for other improvements at the library such as making the restrooms accessible to disabled people. While Hankins acknowledges that

From Rice Lake to Wyoming Following an internship at the library in Menomonie, Hankins’s first paid library position was as the youth clerk in Rice Lake. She married husband Nate—a former Navy diver—in 2015. A move out West found D working as the youth services librarian in Jackson, Wyoming. Nate is originally from Clintonville, and with their family all back in Wisconsin, D said, “We knew we wanted to be back close to home.” She said she turned down a few job offers in Wisconsin because they did not feel right. After being interviewed on the phone by members of the New Holstein Library Board, Hankins said she hung up the phone and told her husband, “This is the one.” “I’ve been very welcomed,” Hankins said of her time in New Holstein so far. “It’s underestimated how forward thinking we can be.”

New Holstein Public Library Director D Hankins and Department of Public Works Director Jason Meyer are bringing new ideas to the City of New Holstein. Mark Sherry photos

libraries are “not just books anymore,” they remain very relevant. “People are reading more than ever before,” she said, even if there are more options for how they read. Hankins said she loves how libraries connect people to the “end thing”— whether that be just the right book they are seeking, a bit of needed information, or an event or activity to inform or en-

tertain them. Again demonstrating her sense of humor, she passed along a one-liner which says the internet can give people information, but librarians give people the right information. Not only is there a lot of truth in that statement, but it also is a big reason why Hankins enjoys coming to work each day.

Tri-County news • New Holstein Progress • Thursday, April 26, 2018


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Family atmosphere at Korner Kitchen By Mark Sherry It has been only about 18 months that the Mamuti family has owned and operated Korner Kitchen in New Holstein—it just seems like longer. Emma Mamuti said it feels that way because they have formed such a close relationship with their large and loyal customer base. “We’re very fortunate to have a very good customer base,” she said, adding that it was something the family felt very quickly after moving to this area from Chicago. “Everyone was really supportive.” The daughter of Billy and Julia admits that it was a bit of a culture shock for her family to come to rural Wisconsin from Chicago, but they soon discovered “how helpful everyone is customer wise. Everyone’s looking out for you. Everyone wants to see you succeed,” she said. It certainly has helped that the Mamuti family already understood the Wisconsin recipe for success in the restaurant business—offer ample portions of good food at reasonable prices. Located on Milwaukee Drive (STH 32/57) on New Holstein’s south side, Korner Kitchen has scored with customers in all three categories. Often at capacity Whether it is the “regulars” who occupy the handful of counter stools the family put into the restaurant when they first arrived or the many repeat customers who fill the restaurant’s booths, Korner Kitchen is at or near capacity many times each week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Emma said they do not like to turn people away, and she added, “There are times we wish it was a bigger restaurant.” To help alleviate some of that pressure during warm-weather months, Emma said they are considering adding some outdoor seating on the south side of the restaurant. The variety in Korner Kitchen’s menu is just one of the reasons customers fill the booths each day. From all the usual breakfast favorites to a variety of burgers, homemade soups, Italian dishes, Greek chicken, and much more, Billy and son Nick send out dish after dish from the kitchen that people enjoy eating. Billy was a chef in Chicago for 30 years before fulfilling a lifelong dream of owning his own restaurant. Written on a chalkboard, four daily specials which Emma said are sometimes not found on the normal menu are available at Korner Kitchen. The specials change for the various meals throughout the day. Fish available year round A fish fry is available year round but, of course, is even more popular during Lent. Hand-battered perch, walleye, and cod are available, not to mention shrimp pasta. Emma said seven different homemade soups are made at Korner Kitchen, with some of the favorites including creamy

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cheddar broccoli, chicken dumpling, and vegetable beef. Chili is available daily as well. Burgers remain a popular choice at Korner Kitchen, including the Husky Burger named after New Holstein High School’s mascot, and Nick’s 4 Korner Cheeseburger featuring four types of cheese—an idea which Nick created. But full dinners—from barbecued ribs to baked ham to steak stir fry and many more—are also popular choices. Emma said they do monitor which menu items sell the best and which do not and will consider tweaking the menu over time. They already are doing some of that, such as just recently adding a kielbasa sandwich to their offerings. Senior menu added Another recent change has been the addition of a senior menu, offering slightly smaller portions at reduced prices for the many senior citizens who frequent the establishment. Korner Kitchen is truly a family business. Emma’s mother Julia is at the restaurant almost every day. “She’s the clean freak,” Emma said with a smile, adding that her mother works to make sure every corner of the restaurant remains clean and encouraging the rest of the staff to do the same. Emma’s sister Bee also continues to waitress at Korner Kitchen along with their main waitress Sandy. Emma added

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that they are always looking for more waitresses and she encourages anyone interested to inquire. With a steady stream of customers who enjoy the food—and not a lot of square footage for waitresses to cover—it no doubt is a very nice place to work, not to mention

the fun, family atmosphere which seems to be prevalent at all times there. “We look forward to coming to work every day,” Emma said. “We come to work happy and look forward to serving in New Holstein for many years to come.”

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Scott’s Lawn Service boosts efficiency By Mark Sherry Progress at Scott’s Lawn Service, LLC in recent years has been marked more by the addition of equipment to improve efficiency rather than by an increase in the volume of customers. Owner Josh Scott is assisted by three part-timers but he is the only full-timer, and at the present time he said that is the way he wants it. While there is no doubt he could greatly expand his customer base, he said he is more interested in continuing to do the best job possible to take care of his existing, longtime, and loyal customers. “I feel like I have a niche,” Scott said recently from his spacious shop in New Holstein. “I feel like I have a good customer base.” In the wintertime, Scott’s Lawn Service has enough snow removal customers—both residential and small commercial—to keep him as busy as he wants to be. In the spring, summer, and fall he cuts about 40 acres of grass per week, again for residential and commercial customers, and also does some basic landscaping work. Keeping things well maintained “There’s always something to do,” he said. If he is not working for a customer, he is in his shop working on his growing inventory of equipment. He said he likes to wash all the machinery once a week to keep them operating at their best and looking their best for the customer. His work weeks are often seven days, but he added, “I don’t complain. I enjoy it.” Still a young man, Scott already has a dozen years in the business and has been

Josh Scott of Scott’s Lawn Service, LLC sits on one of a number of pieces of equipment he has acquired to improve efficiency of his New Holstein-based business. Mark Sherry photo

full time since 2012. He recalls starting out with one truck, one trailer, and one mower. Now, John Deere, Gravely, and Bobcat equipment can be seen throughout the Scott’s Lawn Service buildings and grounds.

“Having more equipment helps me stay more diversified,” Scott said. He has different attachments for different tractors and spends a lot less time these days getting the right configuration ready to trailer to the job site. Having multiple

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New administrator joins Atrium NH staff By Mark Sherry Atrium Post Acute Care of New Holstein has a lot of familiar faces—both residents and employees—throughout its clean, spacious facility. It also has a relatively new face—Administrator Emily Rademacher. The Manitowoc resident began her duties as Atrium’s administrator in February. It is her first time working as the administrator of a long-term care facility, but she is hardly new to such facilities. Rademacher said she has worked in longterm care since she was 17, including working as a certified nursing assistant (CNA), a medical technician, and an occupational therapy assistant. While working as a rehabilitation director in 2011, Rademacher said she started to become interested in the business aspect of long-term care. In 2013 she became the business office manager of a facility, and then pursued her certification as an administrator through the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s selfpaced program. Only two months into being an administrator, Rademacher said she is enjoying her new job and especially the people at Atrium Post Acute Care of New Holstein. “I definitely feel this facility is really homey,” she said. “You get to know all the residents. It’s really been good. All the staff here are welcoming and nice, and so are all the residents.” Asked about her first impressions of the New Holstein facility, Rademacher said, “This facility is very nice. It’s clean, there are no odors, you see residents doing activities. We have a great activities program. We have an amazing volunteer group here that works a ton for the residents.” Rademacher said there is a lot to like about Atrium Post Acute Care of New Holstein, including the many private rooms it has for residents. The facility contracts with Greenfield


equipment,” he said. “It took me years to find that base, to be able to afford that luxury.”

Facility improvements Progress at Scott’s Lawn Service has come not only in the form of additional equipment but also in improvements to his facility on Jordan Avenue just off STH 32/57. He is well under way on his project of constructing mulch bunkers out of concrete blocks as he now does a lot of mulch installation. In addition, he offers customers the ability to pick up mulch at his facility or he will deliver, and he offers to install any mulch he sells. Scott also has expanded and improved the gravel drive around his building. He uses a separate building for vehicle and equipment maintenance, and eventually would like to build another large building on the property primarily for cold storage of all the equipment. Scott has been investing in the purchase of lawn planting equipment that allows him to take on larger jobs that he would not have done in past years. “I do a little bit of everything,” he said, including lawn cutting, spring and fall clean-up, lawn spraying and fertilizing, tree and shrub trimming, brush removal, sidewalk edging, thatching, rolling, aerating, lawn planting, sod work, and snow removal.

Emily Rademacher, the new administrator at Atrium Post-Acute Care in New Holstein, visits with residents Otto Steiner and Angie Draheim. Mark Sherry photo

Rehabilitation to provide rehabilitative services to residents and community members alike (inpatient and outpatient). The facility has an end of a wing dedicated to therapy services, including a separate entrance to a parking lot. Several of the therapists have been helping Atrium residents for a number of years, providing the same consistency of care that the experienced employees of Atrium Post Acute Care of New Holstein provide. Rademacher said a recent wage analysis confirmed that Atrium offers competitive wages along with health insurance, paid time off, and other benefits. Despite that, one of the challenges faced by administrators in all businesses these days—including long-term health care—is finding qualified employees.

continued from page 11A Grass/lawn cutting and maintenance remain the biggest part of Scott’s Lawn Service. His primary service area continues to be New Holstein and Kiel, spreading out a little bit to communities such as St. Anna, School Hill, and St. Nazianz. He does everything from the average residential lot to local small businesses to the Kiel soccer fields to 16 acres at a business in School Hill. He recalled the days when he would be cutting grass for about three 12-hour days per week. Now he has that down to two eight-hour days because of the better equipment he has acquired. But Scott also said he knows his limitations and does not want to try to be all things to all people. “There are things I’m not set up for,” he said, adding that for the most part all the businesses in the area which do work similar to his are willing to refer potential customers if they cannot handle them. “Everyone’s busy,” he said. “Everyone has a niche. There’s always going to be competition.” Scott added that there seems to be plenty of work for everyone because this area loves to see their homes and businesses looking good. “I think there is a sense of integrity and pride,” he said. “There’s plenty of demand.” Scott has more than enough work to keep him busy, and just enough so that he can keep his customers happy. “If they’re happy, I’m happy,” he said.

The shortage of nurses, CNAs, and other health care workers in the area, state, and nation is hardly a secret, but there may be help on the way. Rademacher said she is excited that Atrium is partnering with the WisCaregiver Career Program. Working with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the program will provide numerous benefits for people looking to become aides. More than $2.3 million in federal funding has been earmarked for the program, which has a goal of adding 3,000 nurse aides to the work force through recruitment, training, retention bonuses, and other measures. Rademacher said the program is scheduled to launch April 30. “I think this will be really huge in the future,” she said. Anyone interested in joining the team at Atrium Post Acute Care of New Holstein will find a facility which is already an approved clinical site and has two nursing students in its employ. Also in the past year the facility was named a

Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Five-Star Facility. According to CMS, nursing homes with five stars are considered to have “much above average quality.” Rademacher said, “We’re very proud of that. We work really hard here to keep our staff trained.” She also said Atrium has hired a new marketing and admissions coordinator who will be starting duties in early May, serving both the New Holstein and Chilton facilities of the company. “We want to show more of what we have to offer,” Rademacher said. She said she is also planning to get more involved in the community, including through the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce. When she is not working, Rademacher and husband Mike chase after 5-year-old son Henry and a beagle named Belle. To learn more about Atrium Post Acute Care of New Holstein, stop in at the facility at 1712 Monroe St., call 8984296, or go to

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NH Utilities progresses without a lot of fanfare

Some important projects were completed at New Holstein Utilities in 2017 and to most people in the community they went unnoticed. That is fine with New Holstein Utilities. The projects were meant to improve the utility system and be transparent to the customers. In order to improve its electric mapping system, a large data collection project was implemented. Every pole, transformer, span of conductor, and other assets were surveyed and verified. All data collected has been placed on an electronic map and will provide the Electric Department staff with the most up-to-date information on assets in the field. This information will enable them to perform their jobs more efficiently and improve some aspects of customer service. The most impressive part of the project is that the staff completed most of the data collection themselves, in a little over four months. Many utilities have vendors complete the data collection. By keeping the data collection in-house, NHU saved thousands of dollars. Within the next year or two the utility would like to collect data on its water infrastructure. With so much emphasis placed on the data collection project, the electric distribution upgrade for Hayton Road was postponed. The staff completed a smaller project on Orchard Road and three underground replacement projects in the city. At the wastewater treatment plant, aging clarifier equipment was replaced. The upgrades included a new center column, well baffle, supports, skimmer equipment gear drive, and electric upgrades. The walk bridge to the center column was also removed, sand-blasted, and repainted. All work was completed without adversely impacting the treatment of the wastewater and effluent into Jordan Creek. New Holstein Utilities and the City of New Holstein continue to work together to improve infrastructure within the community. In 2017, a portion of Michigan Avenue’s water and sanitary sewer system was upgraded, along with the street being resurfaced. As the utility project was relatively small, the NHU staff completed the project on its own. Looking ahead to 2018 In 2018, the Electric Department will turn its attention to maintenance work on the overhead electric infrastructure in the rural areas. A project on Pethan Road will begin in the spring before the staff begins on the Hayton Road project this summer. NHU staff also will be assisting the city staff by retrofitting the existing street lighting on Wisconsin Avenue with LED street lights. Beginning in mid to late April, heavy equipment will begin to arrive on Monroe Street as the street/utility infrastructure upgrade will commence. The street from Illinois Avenue to Randolph Avenue will have new water and sanitary sewer infrastructure installed along with new curb and gutter, and an asphalt street. Weather permitting, the project should be complete by the end of June. On March 20, 2018, New Holstein Utilities was notified by the Wisconsin Turn to Utilities/page 14A

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Moraine Park introduces new programs Moraine Park Technical College put a major emphasis on those who serve and protect our nation in 2017 with a special “Year of the Student Veteran,” and also introduced an exciting new program aimed at giving deserving low-income students an opportunity to receive free college tuition. Among more than a dozen special events held at the college throughout the year were a 9/11 Tribute Area Rededication, Christmas in a Shoebox (a holiday donation drive for military members), guest speakers, and more. The college also once again received recognition for its commitment to veterans. For the eighth consecutive year, Moraine Park made Victory Media’s list of Military Friendly Schools for its commitment in serving veterans as students, and also ranked eighth in Military Times’s Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2017. The other key highlight of 2017 was the introduction of the Moraine Park Promise program. This new scholarship initiative was announced in April 2017 and is intended to help low-income high school seniors afford college and pursue their dreams. “The Moraine Park Promise program removes financial barriers, providing high school students the opportunity to earn their degree and achieve their career goals without the burden of college debt,” said Bonnie Baerwald, Moraine Park president. For those who qualify, Moraine Park will provide five consecutive semesters of free tuition, as well as additional services including mentoring, tutoring, assisting with financial aid filing, and other support. For students accepted into this program, their promise is to attend Moraine Park as a full-time student and to fulfill outlined eligibility requirements, which include identified academic standards upon application and while enrolled at the college. High school students graduating in 2018 throughout Moraine Park’s district are the first group eligible to utilize the Promise program. The application period ran Sept. 1, 2017 to Jan. 15, 2018, and more than 140 high school seniors applied for the program.

Moraine Park’s Bonnie Baerwald announces the Moraine Park Promise program at a special Fond du Lac campus open house last April. The Promise program aims to give eligible low-income high school seniors an opportunity to earn free college tuition.

The Moraine Park Promise program was announced at a special open house held at the College on April 8. During the open house at the Fond du Lac campus, which boasts more than 300,000 square feet of space, hundreds of community members came out to tour classrooms, view demonstrations, enjoy refreshments, and had the opportunity to win numerous prizes. The day also was the public’s first chance to view the college’s new Career Education Center. Moraine Park has provided career services to students, alumni, and the community for decades, but the new Career Employment Center which opened in April put these services literally front and center at the college’s Fond du Lac campus. Other notable physical changes to the college in 2017 include renovations to the Health Sciences programs on the West Bend campus, featuring a new Health and Wellness lab and classroom.


Department of Natural Resources that its pollutant discharge elimination system permit had been reissued. The permit period will be in effect from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2023. Per the information in the permit, New Holstein Utilities will be required to continue to monitor and comply with discharge limits for phosphorus and chlorides. The WDNR is also requiring the utility to continue to prepare plans for reducing these discharges into the natural water system (Jordan Creek). Energy efficiency promotion On April 11, New Holstein Utilities held their bi-annual meeting for its large commercial and industrial customers. The customers received information on specifics of electric billing, understanding how to control electric costs, and the importance of utilizing energy efficiently through NHU and Wisconsin Focus on Energy programs. Awards were presented to seven customers for their success in achieving electric energy savings in 2016 and 2017. Through New Holstein Utilities’ part-

nership with Focus on Energy, NHU customers can take advantage of the latest energy saving technology. For a limited time, you can get free and discounted energy saving kits including: Philips Hue White Starter Kit & TrickleStar 7-Outlet Multi Sensing Advanced Power Strip (free), Emerson Sensi WiFi Programmable Thermostat (free), Nest Thermostat E (free), Nest Learning Thermostat ($120 copay) or a Nest Learning Thermostat ($120 copay). Visit to see if you qualify and order your kit. Your device will ship directly to your home at no cost to you. This offer is limited to customers of New Holstein Utilities, one kit per household. Hurry—kits are only available as supplies last. Questions? Call Focus on Energy at 1-800-762-7077. NHU business customers should watch their mail boxes in April for their very own Business Energy Report. The report helps businesses understand how they use electricity and water at their facility. Information and suggestions will be presented on how businesses can make changes that will save on their

Also worth noting, with demand for gas utility technicians growing much faster in recent years than the supply of skilled workers, Moraine Park is developing a new Gas Utility Technician program at the college’s Beaver Dam campus, along with a cutting-edge, $2.3 million Energy Education Center. Moraine Park began construction on the Energy Education Center in spring and aims to graduate the first class of gas utility technicians in 2019. The Gas Utility Technician program will serve as a critical pipeline for skilled workers to companies in natural gas, propane, and gas utilities over the next decade, as they face loss of knowledge and expertise because of retirements of an aging workforce. The vision for this new Moraine Park program was developed in conjunction with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), the Wisconsin Energy Workforce Consortium, and gas industry

professionals. Another innovative program change in 2017 was the introduction of a Health and Wellness program. Previously, the Chiropractic Specialist program at the college had been an active program for the past 20 years and was the only such program in the state. The chiropractic field has experienced a passionate shift encompassing a greater health and wellness emphasis. To respond to this emerging skill set, Moraine Park worked with its advisory board and partners to create the Health and Wellness Program. The program allows a graduate a wider variety of job opportunities in addition to becoming a chiropractic technician. This new program started in fall 2017 to great demand. For more information on Moraine Park visit

continued from page 13A energy costs. Some suggestions involve modest changes that have little or no cost, and others might involve replacing old and inefficient equipment around their business. Also included is information on the availability of financial incentives to help offset the cost of making energyefficient upgrades. Program updates Of course, NHU still offers incentives towards the purchase of Energy Star appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, clothes and dish washers, electric dryers, and televisions. Visit for an incentive application and a complete list of incentive eligible appliances. If you are getting rid of an old (but working) refrigerator or freezer, call 800-354-1898 to schedule a free pick-up and get a $35 incentive in the mail. New Holstein Utilities will be introducing a new option in its area (security) lighting program by early summer. With the increasing popularity of LED lighting, NHU will offer a LED light along with the existing high-pressure sodium

(HPS) light. The new security light will be white in color and more efficient than the HPS area light. New Holstein Utilities also is finalizing its monthly rate schedule and will be submitting it to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) for approval. The first of two recycling program events is scheduled for Tuesday, May 29. The event will be held at the New Holstein Utilities garage located at 1819 Park Avenue and will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items accepted at the event include light bulbs, ballasts, batteries (no vehicle batteries), electronic equipment, television, room air-conditioners, dehumidifiers, and dorm-size refrigerators. There is a cost to dispose of some items; check for details. Customers with questions or concerns about any New Holstein Utilities programs or services can call the utility at 898-5776 or stop by the office located at New Holstein City Hall any time between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on any weekday.

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Chamber helps people make connections In an era in which it seems like every bit of information a person needs is at their fingertips via an electronic device, the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce saw a need in the past year to deliver some information via a printed product. With the growing number of popular artisan and rural tourism destinations throughout the area, local business owners were often hearing these types of questions from visitors: What else is there to do in the area? Where is a good place to eat? How do I get there from here? Enter the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce, an organization of local businesses which exists solely to support existing businesses in the greater New Holstein area—especially those businesses which are members of the Chamber. Several members of the Chamber put in long hours to coordinate the resurrection of a printed business guide for the New Holstein area, complete with a map to make it easy for anyone to show someone the way to their next destination.

Networking opportunities The booklets were unveiled and distributed last spring at a special Chambersponsored social at one of its member establishments, 7 Corners Bar. The social was very well attended, with new local business owners getting to meet other longtime business owners, members finding out what services other members provide at their businesses, and some even lining up a few new jobs that night. In other words, networking was taking place—another one of the advantages of belonging to the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce. “The strength of the Chamber derives

Current members of the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are (front, from left) Sonny Schaar, President Wendy Jacobs, Secretary B. J. Jaeckels, and Treasurer Cheri Reedy; and (back) Mike Hartmann, Phil Kubichka, Vice President Mark Sherry, Dave Damkot, and Dave Amel.

from the many members who give countless hours of their time and talent,” said Wendy Jacobs of Willowdale Health Service and current president of the Chamber. Jacobs commended the efforts of Chamber Executive Secretary Renée Jaeckel—the only paid employee of

the Chamber—but pointed out that the Chamber is its members. The direction in which the Chamber moves is dependent on the ideas and the volunteer efforts of its members. “We continuously are brainstorming ideas for events and activities to help promote our local businesses,” Jacobs

added. Another recent example of that are the wooden snowmen appearing outside local businesses prior to each of the last two Christmastimes. Member businesses can acquire a wooden snowman cutout from the Chamber and then Turn to CHAMBER/page 16A

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Todd’s Plumbing sends boss out to do it right By Mark Sherry Now eight years into owning his own plumbing business, Todd Schmidlkofer of Todd’s Plumbing LLC said he is just fine being a one-man shop. His customers can be equally happy that Schmidlkofer likes where his business is at, and for several reasons: n When people call Todd’s Plumbing at (920) 418-1004, they know they are talking to “the boss” and that the person responding to their need is that same guy. There is no question about accountability when the person doing the work has his livelihood on the line. n Customers know the plumber working on their project will be experienced in plumbing and has been formally trained in the trade. n With Todd’s Plumbing, there are not messages to be passed along which could delay the response to an emergency. Schmidlkofer has the ability to react quickly to emergencies, pointing out that he views emergency response as less than three hours—and often much faster—while some other plumbers consider emergency response to be within 24 hours. “I hope I can keep doing it myself,” Schmidlkofer said. “I try to do my best job for every customer.” Built a reputation Schmidlkofer said he continues to remain busy, in part because of the reputation he has built in his eight years on his own and his 16 overall years as a plumber. Service work, repairs, and remodeling projects continue to occupy most of his working hours. “That’s staying brisk,” he said specifically of remodeling projects. “A lot of kitchens and bathrooms.” Schmidlkofer said he is willing to

work with customers on whatever they need to remodel their kitchen and/ or bathroom, with some people doing complete makeovers and others just one or two minor things. As always, each person’s budget determines how much they will do, and Todd’s Plumbing has access to the gamut of fixtures to fit those budgets. He said he is seeing more demand for custom bathrooms, especially in the area of showers where many people want more than the traditional shower and shower head. He pointed out that one thing many people do not think about is what lies behind their existing shower; in other words, the piping and mechanicals. Homes built since the 1970s or 1980s likely will have PVC piping, but many homes in this area which are getting remodeling projects were built before that and have galvanized or cast iron piping with a 30- to 40-year life expectancy. In many cases, life is up for those pipes and it is a good idea to replace as much of that piping as the plumber can get at during the remodeling. Schmidlkofer said how much that is can vary from job to job. Plenty of options available Variety is also the key word when it comes to picking out bathroom sinks and toilets. Schmidlkofer said double vanities are becoming more popular because of the convenience of having two sinks. When it comes to toilets, low water consumption continues to be mandated by the government, but for about an extra $200 Todd’s Plumbing can install a pressure-assisted toilet to take care of any flushing concerns the homeowner might have. Todd’s Plumbing has a big variety of kitchen sinks it can install as well. One trend Schmidlkofer said he is seeing in

Todd Schmidlkofer of Todd’s Plumbing LLC said he enjoys being a one-man shop, and his customers benefit because of it. Mark Sherry photo

kitchen sinks are undermounted sinks. Metal straps and caulking hold the sink under the counter rather than having it installed from the top. This eliminates the metal ring around the outer edge of the sink which can be a catch area for dirt. Schmidlkofer said most undermount sinks come already installed, leaving only the water and drain piping hook-ups for him to do. In addition to remodeling projects, Schmidlkofer said he also likes to do the plumbing work on two to three new home construction projects each year. As of recently he said he still had room in his schedule for one or two of those. Water treatment systems also are becoming more popular, especially in rural homes which rely on well water. Reverse osmosis systems for drinking water and iron filters are some of the things he installs, especially in the Lake Winnebago area where iron content is high in the water. Todd’s Plumbing also sells, installs,

Chamber paint and decorate them however they wish. Chamber officials said they hope this effort continues to grow each year and becomes something that brings visitors to New Holstein to see. Again, the primary focus of the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce is supporting existing businesses. The goal is for the New Holstein Economic Development Corporation to work to try to bring new businesses to the community, in essence passing them off to the care of the Chamber once they are here. Being a small community, however, the reality of the situation is that both organizations work in tandem with the City of New Holstein and the private sector to do whatever they can to boost the local economic climate. Jacobs said, “The small number of open buildings in New Holstein shows the continued success of the new businesses our city attracts, making it an eclectic mixture of unique and individual shops, stores, establishments, and businesses.” In addition to Jacobs, current officers of the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce are Vice President Mark Sherry of Delta Publications, Secretary B. J. Jaeckels of The Olive Branch Picture Framing, and Treasurer Cheri Reedy of BMO Harris Bank. The entire board is pictured in the accompanying photograph. “What I like best about the Chamber

is that it is a fun group of people to be around,” Sherry said. “There are a lot of laughs shared at our meetings and events, but also a lot of care shown for New Holstein and especially its business community. We celebrate the community’s positives—and there are a lot of them—while volunteering our time to work on those things which need improving.” Whenever and wherever possible, the Chamber also keeps alive the theme of “Local Matters.” Again, in an age in which it is easy to shop from home with a few clicks on a computer, the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce works to remind people that healthy communities need local people shopping at local businesses. 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 at Hickory Hills Country Club near Chilton. 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 citizens from throughout the area, such as the recent active shooter program held

and services water softeners, hot water heaters, and sump pumps. Schmidlkofer pointed out that there a lot more plumbing codes these days which is why calling in an experienced, trained plumber such as him makes the best sense. Schmidlkofer also responds to all types of emergency calls. On that subject, he said he strongly encourages home and business owners to be familiar with their mechanicals—especially where the main water shut-off is to their home or building. If people are leaving for an extended period of time, he encourages them to shut off their water. He also encourages people to exercise their main shut-off valve at least once per year to make sure it is in working order. Knowing those few things potentially can save a lot of damage until Todd’s Plumbing can arrive—which will not be long with the company owner answering his own phone and being the one to respond.

continued from page 15A in cooperation with the New Holstein Police Department. Monthly meetings 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, with adjournment usually by 8 a.m. Meetings are open to everyone and all are encouraged to attend, whether or not they are a member. More members, more volunteers, and more ideas are always welcome. Membership dues are very reasonable and are based on the number of employ-

ees at a business. In recent years the Chamber also encouraged membership from local service clubs and churches, and a number of those have 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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Optimist Club serves NH youths

New Holstein’s Optimist Club has served local youths for over 25 years through a variety of annual activities. In the past the club has been the sponsor of the annual Punt, Pass & Kick competition, and continues to do regular Husky Hangout events on Friday nights

for middle school age youths. The club also gives a $200 scholarship each year to a New Holstein High School School student. Meetings currently are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Optimist Chalet. Guests and new members are always welcome and are needed. Call (920) 286-1305 for more information about the club.

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True Value: Hardware and a lot more By Mark Sherry Hardware is still at the core of New Holstein True Value—but there is so much more. There is no better way to find out all that the store has to offer than to stop in at 2204 Wisconsin Ave. (STH 32/57). Ownership by the Reese family dates back to 1987, a major remodeling of the store took place in 2009, and Melissa Reese has owned the store for the past 4-1/2 years. Despite all those years of consistent, quality operations, Melissa said customers discover New Holstein True Value for the first time on a weekly basis. “We’re getting a lot of people saying, ‘We didn’t know you have this.’ ‘You have a beautiful store—this is my first time here.’” Along with new visitors to the store has come a boost in sales, and Melissa said there may be multiple factors making that happen—a new facade put on the store in the last few years, an influx of new residents in the area, a broader advertising effort, and an improved economy. Don’t have it? Just ask No matter the reason, new customers at New Holstein True Value are learning what longtime customers have known for decades—New Holstein True Value has it, and if they don’t they can likely get it all while providing friendly, experienced service. “The internet is huge,” Melissa said about the changing trend in shopping, and to a large degree New Holstein True Value has adopted the old saying, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” While the store has tens of thousands of items in

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

it, there is even more at www.truevalue. com. With direct-to-store service, people can browse the Web site, order something, and have it shipped to the store within days. If assistance is needed in finding something in-store or online, Melissa,

Jeff Dietz, and the rest of the veteran staff is ready and willing to help. New customers quickly learn that there is little Melissa cannot do when it comes to projects in and around a home or business. Need some pipe cut? She and others at New Holstein True Value can

do that. Ditto for rekeying locks, repairing window screens, mixing paint, and about 100 other things. Having a woman as one of the go-to people in a hardware store has been an Turn to NHTV/page 18A

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

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

Nadler said he has a simple but important philosophy in how he wants his business to treat its customers. “I try to treat it as what I’d do in my own home,” he said. “I’m going to treat the customer the exact same way.” Being a newcomer in the competitive local trade, Nadler said he has had to be flexible in his approach to business. He said he considers about a one-hour radius of Kiel to be his service area and has done work in Kiel, New Holstein, Chilton, Elkhart Lake, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, and other communities. He also said he has done simple remodel-

ing jobs which take a couple hours, to multiple flooring and tiling projects in newly constructed homes which can take all summer. Nadler’s ability to bring ideas, recommendations, and tips to customers is a key aspect of his business. He said one type of flooring which is “hot” right now is vinyl plank. Vinyl plank is designed to resemble hardwood. It comes in strips and in a number of styles, each mimicking a specific type of wood—from oak to hickory and others. Nadler said it is more soft and warm than tile, adding, “It’s a lot more durable than you think.”

NHTV adjustment for some customers over the years. “I am in a man’s world,” Melissa admits. She talked about one recent and new customer who was hesitant to seek her advice at first but eventually said with a smile, “You’re starting to grow on me.” “Grow” is a fitting word to use at New Holstein True Value as the store has been in a continual growth mode for many years. When the neighboring dry cleaning business closed its doors, True Value took over those services with the help of a Green Bay-based dry cleaners. The space which the New Holstein dry cleaners occupied eventually will be turned into an outdoor living showroom with expanded offerings of pool and spa chemicals, coolers, grills, patio sets, and more. The staff has been so busy with day-to-day operations that it has not been able to finish that project, but Melissa said she plans to have it done within the next year. Another big area of growth at True Value gets back to internet shopping. New Holstein True Value handles United Parcel Service (UPS) shipping services, including prepaid packages. “Everything has changed—there is so much done online now,” Melissa said. With 10 to 30 packages coming in and going out daily, New Holstein True Value serves

Mark Sherry photo

He said it also can be a little less expensive than other options depending on how it is done. The “how” things are done is something Nadler is getting better at all the time, learning all the tricks of the trade to do things more efficiently for the customer while still providing top-notch products and installation. Examples of his work can be viewed by searching for Nadler Tile & Flooring on Facebook. The business provides free estimates, and Nadler said he is price competitive with other area installers. To schedule an estimate call him at (920) 286-2385.

continued from page 17A as a convenient hub for shipping out UPS packages and a drop-off for prepaid packages—and it also gets people in the door to see all the other things the store sells and does. One local woman buys her horse feed online and has it shipped to New Holstein True Value. Another customer needed antibiotics for her chickens, and now she gets them through New Holstein True Value. Like a fast food chain’s slogan of years ago, special orders don’t upset the staff at New Holstein True Value. A key aspect they offer which big box stores and the internet struggle with is top-notch, person-to-person service. Melissa said Jeff often says, “I sell them what they need, not what they come in for.” There is no arrogance in that statement, just a statement of fact of the many times the staff has figured out what a customer really needs to properly complete that home improvement project. “If I don’t know, I’ll tell you I don’t know,” Melissa said. More equipment acquired The continual enhancement of New Holstein True Value has included new additions to the large equipment rental department, such as a commercial dehu-

midifier, a walk-behind concrete grinder, and a tile chipper. “I want to keep building the rental department and expanding the store with unique items to provide to our community and surrounding areas,” Melissa said. A few years ago that included the addition of Benjamin Moore paints to New Holstein True Value’s paint line. The store continues to offer a color matching computer and a customer paint database, two great tools for getting just the right color. Melissa said whites and neutrals are hot paint colors right now, and that chalky paint continues to be popular.

“People are trying more things because of the internet,” she said. At the fall market, Melissa picked up 54 new displays. She and Jeff recently attended a show in Washington, D.C., and they will be going to a rental show in New Orleans. Anyone who knows Melissa knows she will come back with plenty of new items to enhance the New Holstein True Value shopping experience even more. “They almost need to come in and see what we have,” Melissa advises customers, and that is sound advice from an experienced hardware store owner.

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Yesterday, today, tomorrow

Big changes taking place at Scott Umland Insurance The statement, “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” rings true at Scott Umland Insurance. A lot has changed in the insurance industry over the last 40 years but the hometown feel, business practices, a talented team, and doing what is best for the customer are still the cornerstones at Scott Umland Insurance. Scott points to the team around him for the success of the agency. “Jane, Joan, Lindsey, and Jake, we work together to make sure our customers feel they have a better understanding of insurance and have confidence in us as agents. I couldn’t be prouder of their ethics, knowledge, and caring attitude; we have the best talent out there.” Asked about business practices, Scott explains, “Although the world has become faster with technology, people still want to trust the person they are dealing with, know they are telling them the truth, and trust in the handshake or word of that person. That is what I have built my business on over the last 33 years and that is what will continue to be the standard moving forward.” Scott Umland Insurance is currently located at 2028 Jackson St. in New Holstein; however, in fall of 2018, they will be relocating to a new facility at 2131 Calumet Dr. (the current home of Belke Financial Group, which will be relocating across the street to 2210 Calumet Dr.). The new location will provide

Scott Umland Insurance more room to continue to grow and serve its growing clientele. Recently, Scott Umland Insurance partnered with Jackson Kahl Insurance out of Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, and Ripon to leverage more services and resources for their customers. Scott states, “We are excited for the additional services we will be able to bring to our Personal Lines and Commercial Lines customers. Going forward, we will have things like 24/7 customer service and we will provide a customer app so a client can have access to their information any time they need it.” Scott Umland Insurance offers Loss Control Services for our commercial customers which include OSHA Training, Mock OSHA Inspections, CPR and First Aid Training, HR Consulting, HR Manual Reviews, Safety Manuals, Tool Box Talks, as well as additional Insurance Carriers and products. Scott likes to point out that as the industry has changed, it is still about the people and the trust you place in them. “After all, insurance is nothing more than a piece of paper and a promise. The key is to have the right people on your team to help you decide what coverage you need to protect yourself, and to have faith in our agency to stand behind our coverage and service.” As you will see Turn to UMLAND/page 20A

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Schaar’s still pumping gas for customers at NH station By Mark Sherry Bruce Schaar said he still enjoys what he does for a living, so he plans to keep on doing it until something changes. And there are not too many people around anymore in the entire country who still do what Schaar does, or at least a portion of what he does. As the owner of Schaar’s Service Station in New Holstein, it is not the dayto-day repair of vehicles which Bruce and six-year employee Jim Kraemer do which sets them apart, nor is it the filling of propane tanks, selling chain saws, or servicing all kinds of other equipment. What does set them apart is something they each do multiple times every day— they walk out to pump the gas for customers who pull up to the pumps of their small station located at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Milwaukee Drive (STH 32/57) in the city. Six years ago when Schaar’s Service Station was featured in the New Holstein Progress edition, Schaar said he only knew of a few “full-service” stations like his. Now even more years down the road, he said, “It’s pretty slim. I don’t know what that number is.” While many of his customers are regulars who are there as much for conversation as they are for gasoline, Schaar said they still get the occasional first-time traveler who pulls up to the pump and is “amazed” when someone comes out to fill up their tank. “I will keep doing it,” Schaar said. “I enjoy the people.” He did add that he would consider retirement if the opportunity came along; in other words, if someone were interested in purchasing the station. But for the time being, Schaar said he still enjoys what he is doing. He also spoke with pride about being one of the longest running small businesses in the area with continuous ownership in the same family as he continues what his late father Orville started. The basics of what happens at Schaar’s Service Station have not changed much since Orville became the owner a little over 66 years ago. Bruce and Jim continue to do light maintenance on a wide variety of makes and models of vehicles, including tires, exhaust systems, brakes, oil changes, lights, wiper blade replacement, etc. Schaar said their station was one of the first garages in the community to start selling and installing Interstate batteries about 40 years ago, and it continues to do so today. One change over the years has been in the area of tires as Schaar’s Service Station has access to 24 different brands, including all the well-known brands such as B. F. Goodrich, Cooper, Kelly, Goodyear, Firestone, and General—the latter being a very solid, economically priced tire, Schaar said. Because the tires primarily come out of a warehouse in Appleton, Schaar said if they are ordered by 5 p.m. one day they are at his station

Bruce (center) and Mary Schaar continue to operate the longtime family business with the help of Jim Kraemer. Mark Sherry photo

by noon the next day. All sizes of tires are available as well, including tires for all-terrain vehicles, lawn mowers, trailers, recreational vehicles, wheelbarrows, etc. Schaar encourages area residents that if they need one or more tires for just about anything, just call or stop by and he will see what he can do. Schaar’s Service Station also sells new Husqvarna chain saws and has a small supply of them in the office, and it can repair other models of chain saws and gas-powered trimmers as well. It also sells chains and bars for chain saws. The station also refills propane tanks from 20 pounds to 100 pounds. Customers get their own tanks back, ready to go for use with gas grills, recreational vehicles, forklifts, and other uses. Schaar also continues to have a small door-todoor propane route between Chilton and Kiel, serving small manufacturers as he has done for the past 25 years. That is how things have always worked at Schaar’s Service Station—if someone needs a service and Schaar’s can do it, they will do it. Generations of customers from the same families have come and gone, and Schaar’s keeps helping them out. Sometimes the person pulling up to the pump will be a new driver or a senior citizen who is not real comfortable pumping their own gas, or the young mother with a car load of kids. And a lot of times it will be the longtime customer who just wants a little bit of gas and a little bit of chat.

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In this old-time photo taken outside the service station in the early 1950s, Bruce Schaar stood on the seat of a special vehicle which was brought to communities by Pure Oil for parades and other events.


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Testimonials “It’s never good when you have a fire. Scott was there backing us up. We were able to get relocated, set up and re-stocked to be back in business the next day. We were able to continue business operations through the rebuilding process. —Carl Rauwerdink of Old Oak Shop “While my father isn’t here to speak, I remember the fire like it was yesterday. Without Scott Umland and his team helping us, the experience would have been a lot more challenging. My wife Nicole and I may not have the business of Blanck’s Lake Aire as we have it today.” —Scott Blanck of Blanck’s Lake Aire

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“Losing a multi-generational family business to a fire is devastating. I learned that the coverage Scott provided far exceeded my expectations and they were always there for us; we couldn’t have been treated any better. Myself and my family are extremely grateful!” —Joel Lulloff of H. Lulloff & Son Hardware What does the future hold for Scott Umland Insurance? “We have a lot of exciting things occurring for our current and future customers,” Scott said, and we agree. From the statements above, Scott Umland Insurance has been there for their customers. They will continue to be there for their customers and the future looks bright for everyone! Here “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

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Exciting new technology for eye care By Mike Mathes At New Holstein Family Eye Care, the vision team is constantly introducing new technology to assist in diagnostics and vision improvement. From imaging that helps doctors see the inner eye, to new lenses that help improve the way you see, New Holstein Family Eye Care is committed to bringing the newest and best innovations to their patients. New Holstein Family Eye Care has been successful with its introduction of a new eyeglass lens technology that hit US markets late last year. This innovation in lens technology helps patients adjust more naturally to progressive, no-line bifocal or trifocal lenses. The new lenses, with a honeycomb pattern for near and mid-range vision allow patients to make simultaneous vision adjustments—transitions that have been challenging in the past with traditional progressive lenses. With the new technology, the brain allows the eye to react and adjust to vision needs with greater ease than prior lens options. “Our patients are really liking this new technology, because it’s easy for them to adapt,” Dr. Cheryl Roers said. “They have a wider corridor of vision and less distortion on the outside. It seems to bring more power to their vision.” As part of its product roll-out, the lens manufacturer also offered a Buy One Get One free deal on the lenses. New Holstein Family Eye Care and its affiliates were one of the offices chosen to continue that program. Patients can get two sets of glasses at a significant sav-

Dr. Cheryl Roers and Dr. Aaron Gruber are shown with the new Optomap equipment, which allows them to take pictures of the inside of a patient’s eyes to help identify vision challenges. Mike Mathes photo

ings. Both frames must be purchased, but the savings is still attractive. Youthful vision challenge While it is common to deal with a variety of vision challenges for the “vintage” patients, New Holstein Family Eye Care

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Pieper Indoor Aire grows in first 5 years By Mark Sherry When Jason Pieper began his Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care business, his biggest concern was finding enough work to keep himself busy. Five years later, Pieper has a full-time employee, assistance from several other part-timers, and he is looking for another full-timer to keep up with demand. That is a good indication that Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care is accomplishing what Pieper originally set out to do—provide quality service at a fair price. “I think I do quality work because I do things the right way, not the quickest, easiest way,” Pieper said. “I never say, ‘It’s good enough.’” New home market up An aspect of Pieper’s Indoor AireCare which will be keeping employees busy in 2018 is installation of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) in new homes. Pieper said he has installations lined up in seven or eight new homes this year, with the possibility of more bids being awarded. Helping Pieper get the work done is full-time employee Adam Raquet. The Kiel resident was in charge of the pellet stove area of Lulloff Hardware which provided him with valuable insights into the heating business. He began working full time for Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care this past March. Tom Prange helps Pieper on a parttime basis with sheet metal work, a necessity for duct work installation especially in new homes. Pieper mentioned that his business will do other “odd” sheet metal jobs when called upon as it has the materials, the equipment, and the person to do it in Prange. Local roofers have used his services on made-to-order flashing projects. Among the several people who help Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care on a part-time basis is Jason’s girlfriend Jaime Otto, who handles the office and secretarial aspects of the business. May need more people In addition to advertising for another full-time technician with HVAC experience, Pieper said it is possible he might need two or three more people this spring if his business is awarded more bids on doing the HVAC work in new home construction. While Pieper said he prefers doing the HVAC installations on new homes, he and his crew also do service work on all types of HVAC equipment. “It’s a big portion of the business,” he said, adding that he keeps his Monday schedule free knowing he will have 10 to 14 hours of service work come in from over the weekend. That does not mean he is not called out on weekends and nights. One of the reasons his business has grown so rapidly in its first five years is his willingness to answer the call regardless of the day or time. It is an understatement to say people are relieved to have a qualified HVAC technician show up at their door on a cold winter’s night when the

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

furnace has stopped working. Having a created a good working relationship with some area builders, Pieper said he and his crew are doing more multiple zone, in-floor hydronic tube heating systems in new homes. In simplest terms, today’s hydronic heating is an energy efficient home heating system that uses tubing to run a hot liquid beneath the floor, along base board heaters, or through radiators to heat homes. Also referred to as radiant heating, this type of system has become increasingly popular among families that want added comfort and control in their heating zones, savings through lower heating bills, and a decrease in their environmental impact by making smart green building choices. While Pieper Indoor Aire-Care will service all makes and models of HVAC equipment, its installation work in new homes and system replacements tends to focus on Carrier furnaces and air conditioners, Burnham boilers, Mitsubishi split systems, and Reznor garage heaters. In addition to heating and air conditioning work, Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care also continues to do duct cleaning. With spring right around the corner, now would be a great time to make sure ducts are clear of dust and anything else which might get in the way of having the cleanest possible air in a home. The service area for Pieper’s Indoor Aire-Care seems to have expanded over the years as well. He said when he first started most of his jobs were in the Kiel and Howards Grove areas, but he also

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in places like Haiti, Taiwan and China, they are reporting higher incidences of myopia because kids are involved with cell phones and computer games. The new Eyezen+ lenses are designed to help relieve stress on the eyes for those who have to spend their days looking at screens or doing close up visual work. Diagnostic upgrades One of the newest technological advances available at New Holstein Family Eye Care is a diagnostic tool known as Optomap®. Optomap® is new technology that allows for detailed retina examination without dilating pupils. The screening device takes segmented photos of the retina and pieces them together to give the optometrist a complete look at eye health, and overall patient health as well. Images can be stored digitally to track a patient’s health history. Dr. Roers said that the images produced by Optomap can help doctors track a patient’s health concerns. MRI of retina Another new diagnostic machine enables the doctors at New Holstein Family Eye Care to conduct testing known as OCT (optical coherence tomography). This imaging test essentially performs the equivalent of an MRI test on the retinal layers of the eye. These tests are particularly helpful in monitoring glaucoma and macular degeneration, as well as evaluating the general health of the retina. Dr. Aaron Gruber, who works primarily out of the Chilton Family Eye Care office, also conducts these tests the New

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Holstein site. All of the patient information is networked through the four Your Eye Care Team sites, which include Grafton Family Eye Care, Visionary Eye Care in Sheboygan and the two Calumet County sites. Doctors share duties between the sites. Dr. Jennifer Alvarez and Dr. Tom Freed are also part of the team at the Sheboygan and Grafton sites. Patients can take comfort in knowing that their needs are well met at any of the four Your Eye Care Team sites. New Holstein Family Eye Care also benefits from a close working relationship with Dr. Salm, an Appleton-based ophthalmologist from Valley Eye Associates, who works with cataract patients. He journeys to the New Holstein office for pre-operative consultations with patients and performs his surgery at Ascension Calumet Hospital Wider eye care options New Holstein Family Eye Care also prides itself in being able to offer other forms of eye care needs. “We are not just a place you come to get a prescription for glasses or lenses. We work with anything eye related..... including foreign bodies, glaucoma, abrasions. “We have the microscope to help locate foreign bodies and the right equipment to remove them. We also have access to the correct antibiotics and antiinflammatories to help treat those issues. “We would like people to understand that we are here to provide eye care for all kinds of situations. We are trained to do it and we have the appropriate equipment,” she said.

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NHEDC helps foster welcoming atmosphere in city

Last year will go down as one of the best in a long time for economic development in New Holstein. That puts smiles on the faces of members of the New Holstein Economic Development Corporation—not because they take credit for any of the new businesses which have come to the city or announced plans to do so, but because they are a collection of individuals who have a passion in seeing the community’s business sector grow. NHEDC members also said they believe the organization has helped foster an atmosphere over the years which is welcoming to new businesses and developments. One obvious example of new development is the expansion project already well under way at Metko, Inc. on the city’s south side. Working with the City of New Holstein to make use of a new Tax Increment Finance District, Metko started construction on a large building addition late in 2017—the first in what is projected to be a three-phase, $10 million expansion in the coming years. Additional announcements during 2017 could lead to a flurry of activity in the city’s northside TIF during 2018. Projects which have been announced include the following: n The same developer of new apartment buildings in Kiel has worked with city officials to clear the way for construction of new apartments in New Holstein. n At least three developers of storage facilities have announced plans to build units in the northside TIF District. n Altitude Roofing and Schneider & Schneider Construction worked together to acquire a lot between their existing businesses in the TIF to allow for future expansion of both businesses. In addition to these planned developments in the TIF—which now has limited lots remaining—there have been a number of other positive business developments in New Holstein over the past year. Additional developments Phil Kubichka of Chilton has opened an Edward D. Jones investment office in Dr. Bradly Baus’s building on Wisconsin Avenue. Belke Financial Group will be moving and expanding from its current location into the former Bank Mutual building, and Scott Umland Insurance Services will be moving into Belke’s current building. Blue Daisy opened its art business in the former Schneider Jewelry building. The long dormant building on Calumet Drive which once housed Loyal Ford has been purchased, and other small businesses have started up in the community over the past year. To help foster the spirit of entrepreneurship in the community, the New Holstein Economic Development Corporation held an Entrepreneur Open House in the past year. For several hours on a Wednesday afternoon/ early evening, the NHEDC arranged to have as many available commercial structures open as possible for prospective business owners and local officials to tour. The Entrepreneur Open House almost did not happen because of an interesting reason—there were so few open buildings available at the time. But the NHEDC forged ahead with the event, and organizers and building owners said they were pleased with how it went. One benefit cited by several people was the fact that NHEDC and city officials were able to get a look inside these buildings and gain a better understanding of what they have to offer and what the owners are looking to do. Since the Entrepreneur Open House, several prospects have been steered toward these available buildings. Also since the Open House, some other buildings have become available and some others no longer are available. History shows in every community that busiTurn to NHEDC/page 24A

The first phase of a major expansion project at Metko, Inc. is well under way. This is one of many positive business developments in the city of New Holstein which were advanced during 2017. Mark Sherry photo

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Tri-County news • New Holstein Progress • Thursday, April 26, 2018

New dentist joining NH Family staff By Mark Sherry Plenty of progress has been made in the handful of years in which Dr. Greg Furdek has owned New Holstein Family Dental, and more is on the way. That includes his announcement that Chilton native Caitlin Bloomer will be joining his staff as a new dentist. Dr. Furdek acquired the practice of Dr. Barb Karls in Kiel about two years ago, and last summer took on the patients of the retiring Dr. Kathy Krook of Chilton. Dr. Karls continues to see patients, and Bloomer initially will continue her education under both Dr. Furdek and Dr. Karls. Bloomer is a Chilton High School graduate who did her undergraduate work at the University of WisconsinMadison and attended dental school at Marquette University in Milwaukee. This will be her first job upon graduating dental school, and Dr. Furdek said she is excited to be coming back to her home area to practice. He also said he is excited to have Bloomer joining his team as she received multiple commendations during her clinical training. He said Bloomer will be a key person as Dr. Karls transitions toward retirement and Dr. Furdek continues to work on what could be some significant expansion in the future. Patients, dentists on same level As a local native, Bloomer also understands this area and its residents which will make for a nice fit for the philosophy Dr. Furdek likes his business to have towards its patients. “I want people to feel when they come away from our clinic that we’re on equal grounds with them,” Dr. Furdek said. He said they do not judge what has or has not been done with a person’s dental care in the past. “Our goal is to make them healthy,” he said. “We’re not after your money. We want to provide you service.” Indeed, Dr. Furdek’s future plans involve ways to make dental care more accessible and affordable to area residents. They already work with a variety of dental insurances, set up payment plans as needed, and work with patients to make sure they are getting the dental care they need and want. “When we develop a relationship, I know when you need help,” Dr. Furdek said. Through X-rays and intraoral photography in which a patient can see photos of the inside of their mouth on a large screen, Dr. Furdek and his staff explain what is going on and the patient’s options. “Sometimes doing nothing is an option,” he said. “I think we’re very low pressure.” Call him Greg As a matter of fact, he said he prefers that patients call him Greg and that they be comfortable and at ease in his offices. “You don’t have to feel bad about your teeth,” he said. “We talk on the same level. I don’t make a big deal about what’s wrong. The way we approach things is to give you all the options and make a recommendation.” That being said, Dr. Furdek is a strong proponent of prevention. His Web site——is filled with information and videos on a wide range of dental care subjects. Need a crown or a dental implant but not quite

New Holstein Family Dental staff members include (from left) Kim Schneider, Barb Winkler, Dr. Greg Furdek, Val Wiedensee, and Heather Turba.

sure what is involved? Check out the videos on the practice’s site on those and a number of other subjects. “Prevention is so much easier than trying to rebuild,” Dr. Furdek said. Assisting their patients with prevention is a new hygiene operatory they constructed after expanding into the lower level of their office building in New Holstein. As people age, however, there are bound to be issues with teeth, and Dr. Furdek’s practice is ready to help in any ways possible. He said they have very low fees for implant-supported dentures, an option which he said he feels is much better than adhesive-based options. Dental implants can help eliminate the embarrassment and pain of ill-fitting dentures and the continued need for relining of dentures. As artificial tooth roots, implants can help to maintain the jawbone while also providing a strong and stable fit for the denture prosthesis without the need for messy adhesives. Dr. Furdek does much of his own oral surgery including placing of implants. He and his staff do some root canals and with the help of digital impressions can do same-day crowns, thus eliminating the need for a second appointment. He also said he is planning to acquire a 3D imaging X-ray machine within the next year. Dr. Furdek added that he is extremely interested in the science of dentistry while at the same recognizing there is an art to the process. “I think that might be something that people notice in our office,” he said. “We keep up on the science, and we make sure things look right.” He said he is a stickler for making sure everyone associated with his practice is doing things right and that patients leave his offices with their mouths looking good. New Holstein Family Dental is located at 2011 Wisconsin Ave. (STH 32/57) and can be reached at 898-4110. Their Kiel office is at 403 Fremont St. (STH 32/57) and can be reached at 894-2305.

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Staffing the Kiel office are (front, from left) Sandy Waack, Chris Horneck, and Cheri Eiring; and (back) Dr. Barb Karls, Mary Beth Woods, and Alysa Ubersox.

NHEDC nesses come and businesses go. In part, the NHEDC works to help fill those open spots, and to that end it keeps a current registry of available commercial buildings and lots along with contact information. Anyone wishing any of that information is welcome to e-mail info@ Working together The NHEDC works in tandem with the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of New Holstein, and the private sector for the betterment of the local business community. Also assisting in those efforts is Mary Kohrell, Calumet County’s director of economic development. Kohrell attends most of the NHEDC meetings, which are generally held the fourth Wednesday of each month starting at 8 a.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Continuing discussions also are held at meetings about the former Tecumseh Products Company site which of-

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ficially became property of the City of New Holstein late last year. That major project is being led by the city’s Community Development Authority, but as it progresses the NHEDC will help serve as the marketing arm for the property. A consulting firm is working with the CDA on the next steps, which likely will include razing some or all of the structure. Jon Weir is the part-time executive director of the NHEDC and as such is its only paid employee. 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 Treasurer Mike Stuz, along with the NHEDC’s Board of Directors. 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 online COMMUNITY! contribute•share•inform•link•learn•enjoy•participate

Tri-County news • New Holstein Progress • Thursday, April 26, 2018


Fuhrmann a service giant for over 38 years By Faye Burg After providing the area with heating and cooling services for the past 38-plus years, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is extending its quality service to include all plumbing needs as well. Jarred Ellman joined the partnership in June of 2015 to allow Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. to begin serving the area’s plumbing needs. Plumbing services offered include new construction, remodels, sales, repairs, water heaters, and water softeners. Demand for plumbing services continues to grow so Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. added another plumber, Greg Van Lanen, to the company along with a plumbing helper. Coming from the Brillion area, Van Lanen has been a journeyman plumber for eight years. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. also continues to be available 24/7 to provide residential and business heating and cooling needs. Residential and commercial From new home and business needs to existing homeowners and owners of small commercial buildings who would like to replace, upgrade or repair their heating and cooling equipment, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. thrives on their busy schedule of providing quality service to their clients. Service tune-ups have been strong through fall and winter with additions and remodeling work keeping the firm busy along with new commercial construction projects, such as Country Visions Co-op.

While they service most heating and cooling products, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is primarily a Carrier dealership receiving numerous awards over the years from Carrier acknowledging their quality workmanship. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. specializes in commercial and residential heating, air conditioning, boiler systems, radiant in-floor heating, forced air heating and cooling, wood, and oil. Fuhrmann does a lot of work in new construction and existing homes, performing a nice mix of retrofits and remodeling work. Approximately 80 percent of its business is forced air heating and cooling. With the expansion of natural gas into more rural areas, system conversions have also kept the employees busy to ready their customers for spring 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 in basements of new home construction projects even if the owners do not plan on using it. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. does a large number of in-floor retrofits in cold floor areas and warms the area with radiant tubing either under the sub floor or in a concrete slab. It is most efficient if tubing is installed

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

in concrete or some type of conductor of heat, as opposed to wood which is a non-conductor source. With today’s new home construction built tight and insulated well, indoor air needs to be exchanged with outside air to prevent health problems and other issues such as excess moisture and mold. Air exchange units are very common today and highly recommended. Fuhrmann installs many units along with performing duct cleaning and appliance and bath fan venting to improve indoor air quality. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cool-

ing 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 Turn to FUHRMANN/page 26A


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Tri-County news • New Holstein Progress • Thursday, April 26, 2018

Managers share same goals at Vogel

By Mark Sherry Managers at Vogel Chevrolet in Kiel have varying lengths of tenure with the business, but all of them share something in common—the desire to do quality work with as little hassle as possible for the customer. From three-year veteran Joel Noordyk in service and 30-year employee Kelly Johnson in sales to 21-year employee Brian Hruby in the body shop, all of them talk about making life as easy as possible for the customer while providing the best possible service. It is the Vogel Chevrolet way of doing things. In the showroom, sales representatives Kelly Johnson and Ed Hartmann know all about quality—they look at it everyday in the new vehicles being produced by Chevrolet. Johnson said there is a lot of excitement already about the all-new 2019 Silverado pick-up truck which will be hitting the lots this fall. “It’s a whole new truck,” Johnson said of Chevrolet’s number-one seller. “Doing all the research on it, it’s amazing what they put in this truck.”

A lot to look at From technology to fuel efficiency to style, the 2019 Silverado will have plenty of new things for truck enthusiasts to explore. Just one example, Johnson said, is the return of the square box interior for the first time since 1987. “That’s just the tip of the iceberg,” he said. While people wait for the new Silverado to arrive, they can check out the all-new 2018 Equinox. Customers are liking the changes on this tremendousselling crossover, including increased fuel efficiency while maintaining all the power drivers need. The Chevrolet Traverse also is new for 2018. Johnson called the Traverse a “good, solid vehicle” which serves a broad range of drivers as a mid-size SUV. There are plenty of other quality new vehicles on the sales lot at Vogel Chevrolet, and now there will be a greater emphasis on quality pre-owned vehicles as well. Vogel Chevrolet is enrolled in GM’s Certified Pre-Owned Program. The program gives customers some peace of mind knowing that the vehicles went through a more in-depth safety inspection—a 172-point inspection, to be exact—and also have an extended bumper-to-bumper warranty as well as an extended power train warranty through GM. “We just enrolled at the beginning of February, and are just receiving the supplies to get going on the inspections,” said Tara Vogel of Vogel Chevrolet. The daughter of owner Mike Vogel, Tara is carrying on the longtime Vogel traditions at the dealership. No hassle, low pressure With 24 years in sales at Vogel Chevrolet and six more in service and detailing before that, Johnson said his sales philosophy has not changed. “We stay with the same approach we’ve always had—no hassle, low pressure,” he said. “We look at you not as a sale but as a member of the family.” Helping to get certified used vehicles ready for the sales lot will be Vogel’s service department led by Noordyk. He said the department recently acquired a new Road Force wheel balancer to help in the wheel and tire balancing process. Vogel Chevrolet services all makes and models of vehicles, providing pickup and delivery of vehicles at businesses and residences in the Kiel and New Holstein areas. From oil changes to engine rebuilds, transmission work and everything in between, Vogel Chevrolet can do

Brian Hruby is a 21-year veteran of Vogel Chevrolet but just recently became the body shop manager.

it. It also has a fleet of loaner vehicles, use of which is available to service customers free of charge. What Vogel Chevrolet does is important, but so is how it does it. Noordyk said, “We want to be as fair as possible and give them options. Sometimes some repairs can wait. We are low pressure. We want to treat them the way we would want to be treated.” Hruby knows all about how things are done at Vogel Chevrolet. Even though he is just starting his tenure as the body shop manager, he worked in the shop for 21 years before leaving briefly. Now he is back and said he is “very excited for coming back and working with the guys.” Those guys have a lot of years of experience at Vogel, led by Gary Zahorik with 44 years, Paul Schmitz with 25 years, and Dave Kapellen with 30 years of body shop experience. They work on all makes, models, and years of vehicles, fixing anything from the most minor of “dings” to major collision damage. They also do a lot of price matching to get new parts, not after-market knockoffs. Hruby said as he gets more comfortable with the body shop management he hopes to free up more time to get back out in the shop doing the things he has enjoyed doing since he was a kid. Raised in the Meeme area, Hruby is a 1994 graduate of Kiel High School and lives in the School Hill area with his wife of 18 years and their two children. Hruby said the first car he owned was a 1987 Trans Am. “That one didn’t get driven much,” he said, adding, “I was the one customizing the inside.” He graduated from the Auto Body program at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland in 1995, and less than two years after that had landed a job at Vogel Chevrolet. “We always pride ourselves on the quality of work and the integrity,” Hruby said of the body shop. That includes making sure they have quality, modern equipment in the shop to handle everything, such as the new aluminum welder Vogel acquired and the new puller which can handle both steel and aluminum. In some instances they also employ an outside paintless dent repair service which has the tools, methods, and experience to best serve Vogel Chevrolet’s customers—something every department there puts at the forefront.

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development programs with generous contributions. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. holds professional memberships in the Brillion Chamber of Commerce, the Mid-Shores Home Builders Association, Inc., and the Manitowoc County Home Builders Association and employees are trained on a regular basis. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. participates yearly in the MidShores Home Builders annual Home Show each March in Chilton. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is also associated with Focus on Energy and WPS program with money back rewards. Service at Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is available 24/7, 365 days of the year with an employee always available to take customer calls. When

customers call Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc.’s regular number outside of business hours, emergency calls are transferred to the employee who is on duty overnight and on weekends. The company will mark 38 years in business with 17 full-time employees along with many part-time employees who work together to provide top-notch customer service and products to Manitowoc, Calumet, Brown, Sheboygan and Outagamie counties. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. is located at 304 E. Water St., Brillion. More information can be found on their Web site at The firm also may be reached by calling (920) 756-3277 or e-mailing

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Tri-County news • New Holstein Progress • Thursday, April 26, 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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Tri-County news • New Holstein Progress • Thursday, April 26, 2018

What sets Farm & Home apart?

It’s the people!

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

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Rental/Floor staff: Gerry Pingel (left), 15 years, Plumbing Department manager; Dave Cooper, 8 years, Rental Department manager

Tri-County news • New Holstein Progress • Thursday, April 26, 2018


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

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Tri-County news • New Holstein Progress • Thursday, April 26, 2018

Year of change

Ownership, people, name all new at NH’s Willowdale By Mark Sherry Between a new corporate owner, a slightly revised name, and new people in key local positions, the past year has been one of significant change at Willowdale Health Services in New Holstein. By all accounts the changes have been positive at the longtime local nursing home which area residents simply call Willowdale. Most of the changes at Willowdale have occurred in the past six months, starting last October with the announcement of a new corporate owner and the arrival of Liza Lehninger as the new administrator. Based in the Milwaukee suburb of Glendale, North Shore Health Care acquired Willowdale and multiple other health care facilities as of Oct. 1. North Shore Health Care now owns approximately 50 facilities, most of them in Wisconsin but several in Minnesota and one in North Dakota. Impressed by new owners Both Lehninger—who started at Willowdale the same day as the North Shore acquisition—and Market Liaison


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Wendy Jacobs said they have been very impressed with the interest and care North Shore Health Care officials have shown for all their facilities including Willowdale. They said corporate leaders have been to New Holstein several times already and are very approachable. Lehninger said, “I keep being impressed with how management is involved with the local facilities.” North Shore Health Care officials said they focus on creating teams of loyal caregivers who are closely involved in the communities in which they work. Those are the types of people they already had in place at Willowdale when they acquired the facility. Being president of the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce is just one of the ways Jacobs—a New Holstein High School graduate—has stayed conTurn to Willowdale/page 31A

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Making a difference A native of the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa, Lehninger said she has quickly come to know the difference one person can make in a small town. As she has been out and about in the community, she has discovered that a lot of people are familiar with Willowdale for various reasons. “Everybody kind of knows us,� she said. “So many of our residents have been here before.� Also joining the team of loyal caregivers which North Shore Health Care is working to build are Director of Nursing Carol Wiese and Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist Samantha Platz. Wiese joined the Willowdale team as of Jan. 29. The North Fond du Lac resident brings over 20 years of nursing experience with her to Willowdale, including having been a director of nursing at other nursing homes. Platz has been with Willowdale for about two years and coordinates activities for the facility’s residents. There always seems to be something going on at Willowdale as their staff works to keep residents active and also to keep the community connected to their facility. Here is just a sampling of activities conducted at or by Willowdale: n Strong Women exercise classes are

held at the facility for the public. n Free classic movies along with free soda and popcorn are shown several times per year at the Chilton Theatre. n Popular bus trips have been scheduled to the Fireside Theatre in Fort Atkinson. n A speaker series has been held with area physicians talking on a variety of topics. n Jammin’ on Jordan is a regular music concert series held on the Willowdale grounds. n The “Honor Flight� movie has been shown several times in connection with Veterans Day at no charge for anyone wishing to view it. n A Pet Parade was held at the facility around Christmastime with staff members and others bringing their pets in for residents to see and pet. Another key addition in the past year is the Cycling Without Age program and the addition of a trishaw at Willowdale. The three-wheel, motor-assisted bicycle is piloted by trained volunteers and is used to take residents on bike trips around the community. This year will mark the first full cycling season in which the trishaw is available. “Let’s do it� philosophy Lehninger, who previously worked as an assistant administrator at another facility, said she appreciates the “let’s do it� philosophy of a smaller facility such as Willowdale and in the small towns of this area. Asked about her first impressions of both, she said, “Just definitely the small-town, family environment has been awesome,� she said. “I love


continued from page 30A it. There’s so much you can do in the small town.� Yet another example of that are the alternative therapies which Willowdale has used for the last several years. Working with area experts, Willowdale offers its residents aroma therapy, massage, essential oils, flavored mouthwashes, and visual therapies to try to provide additional help for its residents, especially those in various stages of dementia. New Holstein resident B. J. Jaeckels also brings her therapy dog in almost weekly for therapy visits with residents. “We do so much in this building,� Jacobs said. “They (corporate officials) have used us as a pilot building. We’re willing to try stuff.� Not to be lost in the discussion of new things at Willowdale is the fact that there is plenty of “tried and true.� In addition to staff members such as Certified Nursing Assistant Mary Schumacher with her 37 years of experience at Willowdale and Social Worker Naomi Heus with 18 years, there is also the much-used therapy wing attached to the building. While owned by a separate company, the relationship between Willowdale and Willowdale Therapy has been seamless for the several decades since the therapy business started. Providing physical, occupational, and speech therapies along with urinary incontinence therapy, the therapy staff has been assisting Willowdale residents and the general public from day one. Although small in number, the therapy staff has a combined 85 years of experience with the facility. Jacobs said helping the relationship between Willowdale and its

therapy provider is the fact the rehabilitation center is an important contracted provider of therapy services with Calumet County. All of the above has helped Willowdale Health Services earn another Five-Star Rating following its most recent state review—a review which now takes into account interviews done with residents. It would appear by the Five-Star Rating that those residents have good things to say about Willowdale—a facility which has seen a lot of changes in the past year, but all for the better.

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Blattner’s adapts to changing times By Mark Sherry The more things change, the more things stay the same. That old saying attributed to French author Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr seems to fit current operations at Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly in New Holstein. There is plenty which has changed in the past year at the local grocery store, and that will continue to be the case as owners and staff work to keep up with the rapidly changing times. But in the end, it all comes back to serving the area and having the residents of the area respond by realizing the importance of supporting local businesses. “We need the support of the community,” said John Blattner, patriarch of the business which also operates the Piggly Wiggly in Sheboygan Falls. John and wife Jean have moved to just a few miles outside New Holstein. A longtime leader in the Sheboygan Falls business community, John is now bringing his experience to assist the New Holstein Economic Development Corporation. Their son Jack—who manages the New Holstein store—and his family are now on their second home owned in the city of New Holstein. Five years as owners “We are the definition of ‘ma and pa’ now,” John said of how they view the operation of their stores. The Blattner family has now owned the New Holstein store for five years, and they have become entrenched in the community— shopping at other local stores, banking at local banks, and dining at local restaurants. As much as they enjoy seeing other local business owners and customers at those stores, they also enjoy seeing those same faces come into Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly. They said they enjoy supporting local causes, such as the ongoing program in which a percentage of collected receipts are returned via gift cards to a variety of local organizations, churches, and other groups. The “shop local” theme always has been and likely always will be critical to the success of businesses such as Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly, yet the times are changing when it comes to retail businesses. Shopping on the internet has forced dozens of retailers into bankruptcy. While a hometown grocery story in rural Wisconsin might not be impacted in exactly the same way as some of those retailers, John said, “The grocery business has drastically changed.” Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly is doing its

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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

Managers at Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly in New Holstein include (front, from left) Sylvia Lawrence, Jack Blattner, and Kelly Burlingham, and (back) Marcus Rumpff, Aaron Sherry, Tom Boldt, and Ken Diamond. Mark Sherry photo

best to change with the times, and helping that happen is an influx of younger department managers who understand what the next generation of shoppers want. Local residents Aaron Sherry in Grocery, Kelly Burlingham in Deli, and Sylvia Lawrence in Bakery have all been promoted to those department head positions in the past year, and Jack said he is pleased with the perspective they are bringing to their respective areas. One example of that is the increase in ready-to-go meals available near the deli area. While the deli at Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly continues to be a popular lunch and dinner destination for area residents for a wide variety of both hot and cold foods, there are now larger selections of grab-and-go items such as chicken, potato wedges, sandwiches, soups, and much more. The smoker added to the deli in the past year also regularly adds that special taste to potato wedges and other smoked foods available in the case near the deli. Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly also has taken a case which formerly held fresh

flowers and has converted it to hold something else made fresh by hand in the store—pizzas. Jack said the deli makes six different varieties of pizzas several times per week, and it can handle special orders placed two or three days in advance. (By the way, Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly does still offer fresh flowers and has them in a mobile cart not far from the pizza case.) Along the same lines of providing fresh, nutritious meals for busy families, Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly will be rolling out Chef Kits within the next month to two months. A vendor provides the container, preparation directions, and some of the ingredients for the meal, but all the fresh meat and produce is placed into the kit by Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly employees. Jack said there are about 30 different recipes available in the Chef Kits but Blattner’s will introduce three or four at the start. The kits serve two to four people and will cost $15 to $18—a very reasonable per-person meal cost for a fresh,

homemade meal which takes about 40 minutes from start to finish. Jack said some of the meals being considered at launch time are General Tso’s chicken with jasmine rice, grilled chicken with Caeser salad, Manchurian cauliflower, and pecan chicken with Brussels sprouts. Shoppers also are noticing other subtle changes at Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly, such as the switch to offering Humpty Dumpty eggs from Reedsville because, as Jack said, they are a better quality egg. Staying with the theme of selling locally produced products, Blattner’s also sells Humble Habits coffee provided by the monks from Holy Resurrection Monastery in St. Nazianz. The Blattners also pointed out that the New Holstein store is in corporate Piggly Wiggly’s lowest zone in terms of pricing, meaning shoppers are getting maximum value for their dollar. “We need to watch everything as close as possible,” John said about their hands-on operation of the store. It is all part of operating a local business in a changing world.

blessed by God’s grace with dedicated members and staff. The congregation currently is being served by the Rev. Azor Cigelske. A single Sunday worship service is presently held starting at 8:45 a.m. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, the starting time will change to 9 a.m. Then starting the Sunday after Labor Day, Zion Lutheran Church will return to two Sunday services with start times of 7:45 and 10:15 a.m. A 7 p.m. Wednesday

service is presently held year-round and that will continue. Sunday School classes are offered for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. A high school Bible class and multiple adult Bible studies are offered on Sundays as well as other days of the week. Fellowship groups and organizations include the Women in Mission, Lutheran Youth Fellowship, and the Altar Guild. The annual Pancake Supper is scheduled for Sunday, April 29 and Vacation

Bible School will be in June. VBS is open to all children whether or not they normally attend Zion. Anyone in need of a church home or who would like to know more about Jesus, please visit Zion’s family of faith or find Zion Lutheran on Facebook. Zion Lutheran is a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and its 2.3 million members.


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Quality flowers, gifts found at Lilybee Flowers By Faye Burg Although most known for beautiful and original floral designs, Lilybee Flowers Inc. carries a wide variety of gifts and plants for every occasion. Owner Carrie Strobl is thrilled to be working in what she calls her dream job and enjoys working with customers to meet their floral and gift giving needs. In the events business since 2009 when she began creating flower arrangements and bouquets for weddings, Strobl has seen her clientele steadily increase. Moving into her current location has allowed her to increase her product offerings and have an additional designer to continue to serve her growing customer base. “I am able to offer customers flowers everyday,” she said. “I truly have a passion for plants and flowers and that combined with the happiness they spread makes this my dream job.” Strobl confesses to having a childhood where she constantly played in the dirt so to speak, with a great love of the outdoors and working in the garden with her mother from a young age. “Plant names always came easy to me,” she added. As a teenager Strobl’s goal was to become an environmentalist. “After some college, I found helping people was my calling,” she explained. “My knowledge of plants, design, and my ability to ‘see’ the emotion customers were trying to communicate help me to be a great florist.” Strobl strives everyday to be a one stop shop for amazing floral designs for any occasion. “The place for flowers and

plants in our society will never go away and I hope to help customers have a great experience with them.” Lilybee Flowers is a full service florist shop offering flowers and high-quality plants for any budget. “We provide for weddings, funerals, events, and everyday,” Strobl said. “We offer a huge selection of wine including products from Honeywood Winery which is located in Salem, Oregon and is owned by her family. They offer an amazing selection of wine.” StrobI is currently the only store in the state to offer Honeywood wines and has 15 of the more than 35 Honeywood Wine varieties. Monthly wine tastings are a popular event at Lilybee’s with something for any palate. “Over the past year we have been working hard to increase our product lines and selection,” she added. “Every customer is in need of something and helping them find what they are looking for is so fulfilling,” Strobl said. “It is so good for people to have a florist they can go to. From life’s big moments and everything in between, florists are there to help, guide and bring beauty. Giving flowers is just as important as receiving them.” The addition of a website has been an added asset this past year. Customers can now view and order beautiful flowers at anytime, and trust knowing they are coming from a local florist with unsurpassed quality. “We are a fun loving shop that goes the extra mile,” Strobl said. “Helping people has always been my driving force. We have a huge selection of gifts, wine

Carrie Strobl is the owner of Lilybee Flowers Inc. located in New Holstein. Faye Burg photo

and flowers. When it matters most, ask for Lilybee.” Lilybee Flowers Inc. is located at 2126 Wisconsin Avenue in New Holstein and

can be reached by calling (920) 8985660. More information can be found on their website at www.lilybeeflowersinc. com.

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Starlight Healings now open in city

New Holstein’s newest storefront business is Starlight Healings and Potions which has opened in the lower level of Heaven Scent Salon, 1824 Wisconsin Ave. Longtime New Holstein resident Lisa Jacobson operates the business which does reiki healings, crystal healings,

intuitive spiritual healings, foot detox, herbal remedies, and sells goat milk soap, crystals, and essential oils. Jacobson is a reiki master and certified crystal healer. She has done a one-year Medicine Wheel program and a two-year herbal medicine apprenticeship, and has been operating since 2016. Look for daily specials on Facebook at Starlight Healings and Potions, or call (920) 460-5011.

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Quality services, home-like atmosphere at NH facility By Faye Burg A quality, home-like atmosphere awaits at Caring Hands Assisted Living in New Holstein. The beautiful, privately owned 20 bed facility completed in 2016 features spacious rooms that allow individuality and independence while meeting the needs and preferences of residents. Owned and operated by Tom and Sharon Steffen since March 15, 2017, Caring Hands has seen many upgrades including a new sign, flower beds and additional sidewalks. With a love of people and of talking to them, Tom knew the facility would be a good fit for him and his wife Sharon. Tom is on-site several days a week and works closely with his staff of 18 to meet the needs and expectations of the residents and families who have chosen Caring Hands. Above average wages as well as open communication are ways Tom ensures Caring Hands retains staff resulting in consistency of care for residents. Located on a spacious five acre lot, the facility was designed for the possibility of easily adding two more wings on the existing building in the future and an entire second facility. Presently the Steffens say there are no expansion plans at this time. Caring Hands offers three levels of care from mild to moderate dementia care and is managed by Jeanne Klein, a

Tom Steffen (pictured) and his wife Sharon own and operate Caring Hands Assisted Living in New Holstein. Faye Burg photo

registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree. Klein has earned Gerontology as well as Dementia Practitioner certifications. On site daily, Klein serves as RN

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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. Tyunaitis said her recent discovery in helping students learn is using tapping to help retain knowledge. “This technique is used in learning as well as healing. Students who had been failing a class used this technique earned an A on their final exam.” “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 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.

Longtime teacher Patricia Tyunaitis offers specialized student services at her learning center located in Malone. Faye Burg photo 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 dogs currently in her care. Students that wish to can choose a dog to accompany Turn to miss t/page 8B

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continued from page 7B 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 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 website is com/site/misstslearningcenter/home. “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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Technology helping Baus dental patients By Mark Sherry When it comes to technology, it might be a good idea to never say never. While it is hoped that machines will never replace the friendly, smiling faces at Dr. Bradly Baus Dentistry in New Holstein, at the present time technology is indeed making a big, positive difference at the dental practice. A practicing dentist since 1995, Dr. Baus said he could not have imagined back then some of the equipment he now has in his office at 1836 Wisconsin Ave. and how it has expanded his practice and the services he and his staff can provide to their patients. “It definitely makes it easier for dentists and the patient,” Dr. Baus said. “We have better outcomes.” Dr. Melissa Brown, a dentist in Ohio, may have said it best in an article she wrote last July in which she said, “Not all dentist offices are created equal. In fact, there can be a wide discrepancy in the quality of treatment patients receive, particularly if a dental office doesn’t invest in the latest technology.” 3D imaging X-ray Dr. Baus is clearly investing in technology, and without a doubt the piece of technology making the biggest difference at his office these days is the 3D imaging X-ray unit acquired just this past October. As its name indicates, 3D dental X-ray technology provides a panoramic, 3D image of a person’s mouth. The patient stands while the camera rotates around their head providing a complete 360-degree scan in a short amount of time. The

The staff at Dr. Bradly Baus Dentistry in New Holstein includes (front, from left) Dr. Baus and Mary, and (back) Danielle, Heather, Gina, Jennifer, and Lauren. Mark Sherry photo

resulting 3D image improves diagnostic accuracy. “It’s amazing,” Baus said of the 3D technology. “The things we can diagnose—there’s no comparison.” This type of X-ray technology has

been around for about a decade but, like most technology, the quality has improved while the cost has come down, making it more practical for Dr. Baus to bring it to his patients.

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guided implants to be done by taking an image of the area and selecting from a library of all implants the one which will best fit the site. Dr. Baus basically gets a digital view as to how and where the implant will best fit. The patient’s 3D image is sent to a lab in Germany which creates a surgical guide with a sleeve so that the implant is placed in just the right spot. n Root canal treatments—Without 3D imaging, dentists and endodontists are sometimes challenged to see the exact path of the tiny canal(s) as well as small fractures in the tooth which can cause issues during a root canal procedure. 3D X-ray technology greatly improves the image professionals are getting of these areas in the mouth, thus improving outcomes for the patient. n Identifying other issues—Dr. Baus said that with the help of 3D imaging dentists are no longer focusing just on teeth and the mouth but are seeing other facial pathologies—including in the sinuses—which they can refer to other specialists if necessary. “I think the technology allows us to provide more comprehensive care,” he added. One unexpected example of an issue which Dr. Baus is now helping to relieve is a common problem in homes throughout America—snoring and sleep apnea. “I think we’re seeing more people with sleep disorders,” Dr. Baus said. There may be multiple factors contributing to that, but the bottom line is it can be a problem for individuals and their significant others in the same bedroom. The good news is there are now oral appliances made of acrylic which people

continued from page 9B put in their mouths at night to eliminate or greatly reduce snoring. Similar to a retainer Dr. Baus explained that the device is similar to wearing a retainer. The device opens the airway by moving the mandible (the lower jaw) forward. The tongue is attached to the lower jaw behind the chin. As the jaw is moved forward, the collapsible part of the airway is held open by the forward movement of the tongue and other airway muscles. The devices also improve the strength and rigidity of the airway by increasing the muscle activity of the tongue and other muscles of the airway. Dr. Baus said the cost of the oral appliance can range from $700 to $3,000 but that some dental insurances will help cover the cost. He also said patients can receive their oral appliance within 7 to 10 days of their initial visit. Dr. Baus continues to receive training in this area and said he is actually having one made for himself. Another advancement at Dr. Bradly Baus Dentistry is an updated Cerec machine which provides same-day dentistry for procedures including crowns, veneers, bridges, custom implant abutments, and orthodontic treatments such as clear aligners. His practice also has updated its milling unit to do more of that work in-house rather than sending it out to one of only a few labs in the nation which provided those services. Dr. Baus said some advanced materials such as zirconia have been developed which are more durable, and the upgraded equipment in his office

allows procedures to be completed in days versus what used to require several weeks and an additional visit. The endodontic system at Dr. Baus’s practice also has been upgraded which will provide benefits in doing guided

root canals. Technology is clearly making a big difference at Dr. Bradly Baus Dentistry without losing sight that those are tools in the hands of an experienced, friendly dentist and his staff.

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Local students get jump on financial ed By Mark Sherry Late last year, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed into law legislation that requires public school boards in the state to adopt academic standards for financial literacy and incorporate instruction in personal finance into the curriculum from kindergarten through high school. The impetus for the law came from a legislator in the southern part of the state who volunteered at a school and noticed what he felt was a poor level of financial education among school age youths. Whether or not New Holstein youths are ahead of that curve remains to be seen, but they have had use of several tools for a number of years already— thanks in large part to Premier Financial Credit Union. First and foremost, the New Holsteinbased credit union has sponsored a branch at New Holstein High School for more than a decade. Service and education The NHHS Husky Branch of Premier Financial offers both a service and educational opportunities for students and staff alike. PFCU’s Sonny Schaar said activity at the High School branch has grown significantly over the years, with students and teachers opening accounts, getting debit cards, and using a variety of other PFCU products and services. “We’ve spent a lot of time to make that happen,” Schaar said, adding that the credit union’s ability to teach financial literacy to the students is the real reason for having the school branch. “The school has been very supportive,” Schaar added. The Husky Branch is open Tuesdays and Fridays, providing both a convenience for its members and learning opportunities for the student who works there. The student member relations representative this school year is Bradley Schroeder, a junior at NHHS. Over the years student employees who have worked in the Husky Branch have transitioned to become “regular” employees of Premier Financial. Premier Financial employees such as Schaar also have volunteered their time over the years to assist financial literacy via the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Reality Check” program at New Holstein Middle School. Students have received classroom education on a variety of financial topics, culminating in a large-group exercise in which they must deal with some financial life scenarios presented to them. Banzai offered to area schools In addition, at other area high schools including Chilton and Hilbert, Premier Financial is now sponsoring the Banzai financial literacy program for students. Banzai is designed to help students learn financial literacy in a hands-on way, and over 30,000 teachers in the U.S. are using the program with the help of sponsoring institutions such as Premier Financial Credit Union. Banzai allows students to play an online game which includes real-life financial scenarios, including those unexpected expenses which seem to pop up all too often. When those life situations happen to members of Premier Financial, the credit union is ready, willing, and able to help as well via its trained financial counselors—New Holstein Member Relations Specialist Karen Lisowe, Kiel Branch

Manager Peggy Goch, and Fritzy Brady, manager of the Chilton branch. They each received the designation of Certified Credit Union Financial Counselors (CCUFCs) through months of reading, study, and examinations in recent years. Goch explained new CCUFCs received training on lending for the under-served populations, budgeting for households, and budgeting so that loan payments are at a comfortable level for consumers. Goch said she feels the information she learned in obtaining her CCUFC designation has benefitted Premier Financial members. Steve Nothem, president and chief executive officer of Premier Financial, added that often the need for counseling comes to light when people are applying for a loan. Lisowe emphasized that financial counseling is not just for current PFCU members but for anyone who might be struggling with finances. “They need to want the help,” she said, adding that all assistance is confidential and nonjudgmental. She encouraged anyone in need of help to simply call their local PFCU office for this free service with no obligations. “We get them on track,” Lisowe added. “It’s very individualized.” Serving Spanish speaking members From its new Chilton office Premier Financial also serves the area’s Spanish speaking population as Brady and Chilton High School student and PFCU part-time employee Maleny Capetillo both speak the language. Julie Binversie, vice president of member relations at PFCU, said Capetillo started working at the credit union in late October and is there most mornings through a school-to-work program which PFCU arranged with Chilton High School. Capetillo will continue with PFCU at least through the school year but Binversie said the relationship could continue beyond that. “She’s very valuable to us,” Binversie said. Even the children of PFCU members and others in the community benefit from the credit union. On Friday, March 30, the Easter Bunny and Penny the kangaroo made the rounds at all three offices. PFCU also sponsors the New Holstein Easter Egg Hunt which was held the following day, March 31. A total of 3,000 plastic eggs were hidden for children 10 and under to find. More family activities Other family friendly activities during the year include a night at the New Holstein Aquatic Center, a back-toschool concert in New Holstein’s Civic Park, and appearances by Mr. and Miss Christmas Mouse. Premier Financial Credit Union continually looks for ways to improve the credit union experience for its members who benefit from those improvements because they are the “owners” of the financial institution. 2017 was yet another year of programs and promotions which benefitted the members of Premier Financial, and more is in store for 2018. Looking to the year ahead, the Board of Directors of Premier Financial Credit Union has approved the implementation of an instant issue debit card. Nothem said there are many details to work out with the new offering so it might not be ready until later this year, but he added Turn to PFCU/page 12B

The friendly tellers at Premier Financial Credit Union’s New Holstein branch include (from left) Anita, Jacqi, and Karen. Mark Sherry photo

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PFCU the credit union staff is excited to be able to offer members the ability to get a new debit card the same day they come in to ask for one. In addition to serving new members who wish to have a debit card, the instant issue service will benefit those members who may have lost their card, had it damaged, or in this era of cyber crimes had their card compromised. “People today truly can’t be without that debit card,” Nothem said. “When you’re without your debit card, you’re without money.” He said Premier Financial wants to “make that pain less” when something happens to a debit card or when members open a new account and are hoping to get debit card access to that account as soon as possible.

continued from page 11B honor the promotion at this time. It is scheduled to “officially” come back this summer, but PFCU’s loan specialists advise “sooner the better” when it comes to trimming interest rates. One of the great advantages of the New Holstein-based credit union is the fact that decisions are made locally. Loan applications are not sent to another city, state or country for yes-or-no decisions to be made, and applicants are not kept waiting days for a decision to be made. Nothem said the character of a local loan applicant is still taken into consideration

Flip-flop loans While instant issue cards could end up being the new product highlight of 2018 at Premier Financial, certainly one of the promotional highlights of last year at PFCU was its “flip-flop” loans. Starting last summer and running for four months, Premier Financial offered area borrowers the opportunity to switch their loan(s) from other financial institutions to PFCU with a guaranteed savings on interest rates of one-half percent. Many members experienced an even greater savings since the Credit Union loan rates were more favorable than the interest rates they were currently paying. Those who took advantage of the flip-flop special often saw an immediate savings due to a lower monthly payment and will also see a savings in the overall interest paid on the loan. As a matter of fact, here is a little tip for readers of this article—while PFCU is not currently advertising the loan flipflop promotion, the experienced loan specialists at the credit union still will

when making decisions. “We will still make a $50 loan if it’s in the best interest of the member,” Nothem said. “By in large, credit unions still serve the underserved.” A person only needs to live or work in Sheboygan, Calumet or Manitowoc counties—or parts of Fond du Lac and Outagamie counties—to become a member of Premier Financial, and they need only $5 to open an account. While Premier Financial certainly serves “the little guy,” it also offers commercial loans for mom-and-pop


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Dr. Beth returns home to help small animals By Mike Mathes Dr. Beth Doll has memories of the St. Anna Veterinary Clinic that reach back to her childhood. A native of Malone, she grew up in the shadows of the clinic. In fact, she spent many hours alongside her mother, Mary, who served the clinic as a veterinary technician for 26 years. In her youth, Dr. Beth grew enamored with small animals, and enjoyed riding with the veterinarians to appointments. “I did a lot of shadowing in my youth, even when I was pretty little. I wouldn’t say I was much of a help—I spent the majority of my childhood tagging along with St. Anna’s patient large animal vets, learning as much as possible,” she said. This April, she has completed a homecoming of sorts, as Dr. Beth officially joined the staff of the St. Anna Veterinary Clinic as a full-time small animal veterinarian. “My focus at the St. Anna Veterinary Clinic is to provide progressive veterinary care,” Dr. Beth said. “I look forward to developing trusting relationships with my patients and clients, and working together as a team to provide pets the best care possible.” Dr. Beth joins a team at St. Anna Veterinary Clinic that includes six other veterinarians and a full cadre of veterinary technicians and supporting team members. Dr. Loren Wille shared the enthusiasm of the St. Anna Veterinary Clinic team in welcoming Dr. Beth back into the “family.” “She has been part our St. Anna Veterinary Clinic family for many years,” Dr. Wille said. “It is a unique opportunity to get her back into our clinic family We are excited about the experience that she brings to the practice. She has already been working part-time with us for the past six months and knows many of the clients and their pets. It’s great to have her back.” Training and experience Dr. Beth knew as early as second grade that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She attended New Holstein High School, and while in high school, she furthered her veterinary interests by participating in a school to work program at St. Anna. This was the beginning of her formal education pathway, as she spent two hours of her day working at the clinic shadowing veterinarians and veterinary technicians to learn about basic skills and observe surgical procedures and appointments. After graduating from New Holstein High School, she studied at UW-Fond du Lac within the associate program and then transferred to UW-Madison with a focus on microbiology. Dr. Beth completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 with a focus on small animal medicine. Following veterinary school, Dr. Beth elected to do a one-year internship, which she completed at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville, TN. This internship allowed Dr. Beth to develop skills in handling advanced critical care cases and emergencies, as well as specialty cases in internal medicine, cardiology and neurology. She later returned to Wisconsin, taking a position with the Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center in Milwaukee. There, she served as an emergency veterinarian until her transition to St. Anna Veterinary Clinic this spring. Dr. Beth looks forward to working with the great clients and pets that St.

The St. Anna Veterinary Clinic small animal team includes Dr. Beth Doll, second from right, along with the rest of the enthusiastic staff. From left are Stephanie Marten, Julie Kestell, Alyssa Nennig, Kristin Peters, Lindy Riesterer, and Sandy Diedrich. Below, Sandy gets help from her furry friend in making appointments. At lower left, Kristin and Alyssa work in tandem to clip a pet’s nails. Not pictured is Nikki McCoy. Mike Mathes photos Dr. Beth Doll has taken on the role of full-time small animal care veterinarian at the St. Anna Veterinary Clinic. Her pal, Bruiser, is part of the vet clinic’s extended family.

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Halbach Plumbing & Piping grows quickly in 3 years By Mark Sherry Chad and Kelsey Halbach started Halbach Plumbing & Piping Service in April 2015, and the Chilton-based business has grown tremendously in just three years. The business is a little unusual in the plumbing world as Chad and his employees have handled everything from the plugged-up sink in Chilton to large commercial plumbing jobs throughout Wisconsin and commerical pipe fitting jobs in Minnesota, Michigan, and throughout all of Wisconsin—from Milwaukee to Hayward. He said he would be just fine if their business were still operating that way 10 years from now. Asked to explain how Halbach Plumbing & Piping has grown from a start-up business to having three full-time employees, one part-timer, and a fleet of four vans in just a few years, Chad said, “I can sell you anything but words don’t mean anything. You can’t build your reputation on words, but you can build a reputation on things you’ve done. I try to tell my guys that you have to be able to walk away from a job and put your name on it and be proud of it.” Chad began working for a local plumbing company at the age of just 13 as his father Gary—Chilton’s fire chief—was talking with a fellow firefighter who needed an extra pair of hands at his Turn to HALBACH/page 16B

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Halbach plumbing shop. Chad worked there until he was 19 and also entered the five-year Journeyman Plumber program at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton. He took and passed his journeymanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s test, then continued on another two years to become a licensed master plumber. He also took classes and went on to pass the state certified testing to become a state licensed cross connection control tester and inspector. Now he can test and register back flow devices and do the staterequired inspections.

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Brillion Elementary School. The business does a lot of work for restaurants and taverns, and has done a lot of jobs at Appleton International Airport. The list of services provided by Halbach Plumbing & Piping is for residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural purposes and includes small repair jobs, new construction, septic systems, plumbing work for bath and kitchen remodels, tankless water heaters, water heaters, boilers, commercial/retail stores, gas piping, steam piping, compressed air piping, refrigeration and air conditioning piping, heat pumps, and in-floor heating systems. Chad recalled even doing the plumbing work for a full-immersion baptismal font for a church. He said one of the slogans used by the company is, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If water runs through it, we can do it.â&#x20AC;?

Going out on his own Chad said he always entertained thoughts about owning his own plumbing business, even as he was working for a large Fox Cities company. Several events in 2015 led him to believe the time was right to set out on his own, despite the fact that nine other plumbing/piping companies wanted his service and employment. While Halbach Plumbing & Piping basically started like all new businesses with zero customers, Chad said several contractors in the region immediately brought their work to him because of the reputation he had built while working for that other company. The pipe fitting aspect of Halbach Plumbing & Piping is one of the big factors which leads the business to some big-time job sites. It is currently doing its largest piping job to dateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a new station for the Madison Police Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and has done plumbing work for businesses such as Wal-Mart, Target, Pick â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n Save, funeral homes, and small businesses. Chad said their largest plumbing job to date may have been an addition to

been on the Chilton Fire Department for seven years and Kelsey for six years. Chad said he hopes to grow the business to the point where his crews are handling the out-of-town projects and he can focus on the more local jobs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every customer matters,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No project is too small, no project is too big

Two more vans added Halbach Plumbing & Piping added two new work vans this year as the business continues to grow. He said all his employees have various levels of formal training in plumbing and piping, and all of them take continuing education classes. He said he is always looking for additional employees and would like to get to the level of having four foremen and four pre-apprentices. He said the work is there right now if he could find the people to do it. Chadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife Kelsey has started to learn how to do the bookkeeping for the company and has also accompanied Chad to jobs when he needs an extra set of hands, all while still taking classes as she pursues her dream of becoming a full-time firefighter in the Fox Cities. Chad has

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

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

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

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

Friedrichs, Tony Sweere and Gene Tipler, M. D. Foundation President Glen Calnin looks forward to working together with Ascension Calumet Hospital and the community at large to advance health care in the greater Calumet County area. “We are very fortunate to have the hospital we have right here in the heart of our county,” he said. “The foresight of the Foundation’s founders was a gift to us all as we collectively work toward even better health care for Calumet County. The new facilities combined with the dedicated staff of Ascension Calumet Hospital is truly an asset that adds to the quality of life in our communities.” “Donations to the foundation have the ability to make all of our lives better for generations to come,” he added.

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

residential applications. “We welcome calls to resolve the everyday plumbing issues that occur in the residential segment,” Meyer said. Whether it is cleaning drains, working on a kitchen faucet, installing a garbage disposal, cleaning up a bathroom emergency, or working with a sump pump, Meyer Plumbing stands ready to resolve the issue so life can return to normal for their customers. “We are here to respond to calls for plumbing service,” Meyer said. When something leaks, breaks unexpectedly or stops working, Meyer Plumbing is ready to intervene with the right solution. With a 24/7 answering service, Meyer Plumbing is responsive to emergency needs. “When it’s a serious problem, we do our best to respond immediately. In non-emergency situations, we gather the relevant facts and schedule the service calls as quickly as possible.” New projects, upgrades In addition to aiding in times of emergencies, Meyer Plumbing works with homeowners and contractors to lend design and installation expertise to new home construction and remodeling projects. The plumbing firm takes a consultative approach to projects. Finding the right plumbing design solution is key at Meyer Plumbing. Being informed about Turn to meyer/page 20B

At Meyer Plumbing, customer services range from fixing small faucet drips to major excavation needed for septic system or significant plumbing projects. Owner Brian Meyer, pictured above, has been in the trade for 26 years. At right is a kitchen sink display from the Meyer Plumbing showroom.



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new product introductions or innovative product features help them provide the solution that best meets the needs of each unique customer. The company works closely with clients to understand and meet changing needs as they advance through life stages. Key plumbing design features can aid residents seeking to remain in their homes as long as possible. Removing bathtubs in favor of walk-in showers or switching to a “chair height” toilet are just two examples of current trends to support the homeowners’ desire to update their homes to meet their needs.

Turn-key septic services As spring arrives and the frost leaves the ground, Meyer Plumbing’s septic business moves into full swing. Complete septic solutions are available, ranging from installation of new septic systems, tank replacements for systems that fail, or service work on existing systems. “We take care of everything from the soil testing phase to the first flush,” Meyer noted. He said it is 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 homeowners and businesses, Meyer Plumbing provides all related excavating services, simplifying both communication and completion of service for its customers through a single, dependable contractor. With its own excavating equipment, Meyer Plumbing has the ability to respond to calls for sewer repairs, lateral repairs or replacements, mini storm sewers, and water line replacements.

continued from page 19B “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 solutions Meyer Plumbing offers water quality solutions applicable for all customers, but rural customers have unique needs. “Water quality solutions aren’t typically an area of focus for those who have municipal water service,” Meyer said. “For our customers with private wells, water quality is an important topic for which we provide solutions.” Among those solutions are reverse osmosis systems and drinking water filtration systems, along with sediment filtration provided by whole-house filter systems. “Parts of our geographical area have significant nitrate concerns while those living along the area lakes can have issues with the presence of sulfur and iron in their water,” Meyer said. Equipment exists that assists in removing nitrates, minerals, and odors. Filtration systems aid in cleaning up impurities in the drinking water and making it safer to drink. Meyer Plumbing services and installs all types of water treatment equipment, based on their local knowledge and experience in diagnosing specific individual water requirements.

perience in the 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 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays. Office and showroom manager Linda Halfmann has an extensive background in the home plumbing industry. Part of her role is providing product knowledge and assisting customers in specifying fixtures for their new homes or remodeling projects.

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

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As busy and productive as our lives are, we seldom take the time to relax and take care of ourselves. According to licensed massage therapist Sherry Winkel of Therapeutic Touch, LLC in Kiel, the goal of massage therapy is to reduce stress, relax muscles, diminish pain, promote overall wellness, and increase circulation. It can also lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, increase range of motion, and enhance your immune system. At Therapeutic Touch, 317 Fremont St., a variety of massage therapies are available to meet your needs. Offered are relaxation, therapeutic (deep tissue), myofascial release, Craniosacral Therapy, lymphatic, Raindrop Therapy, and facial massage. “Massage therapy is one way to help ease your body back into balance,” Winkel said. “We also need to look at other areas of your life as we work toward achieving a balanced body. We all know dietary changes and exercise play a role, but it is so much more than that. While it can be overwhelming, we believe in making these changes one by one. We want you to succeed and keep building on that success.” Celebrating more than 15 years of service, Winkel said she would like to thank all her clients who have used massage therapy as a part of their health regime. She added, “Start today, take charge of your health and take the time to start listening to your body. Make massage therapy a part of your health regime and call today for an appointment.” Jeanne Stoelting, a licensed massage therapist, also works at Therapeutic Touch, LLC. She can be reached at (920)-286-0141 or the office at 894-7976. Winkel is nationally certified and a licensed massage therapist in Wisconsin. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Sherry’s business hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays by appointment only. Other hours are available by request, depending on availability. Call 894-7976 to schedule an appointment. Gift certificates are available.

In his free time, Ben and his wife Molly love hosting friends and family for dinner or games. They also take their daughter Lena on many walks and Ben hopes to teach her how to fish someday. “I enjoy improving my camping and fly fishing skills with my wife,” he said, adding the couple will welcome another child soon. In addition to reading recreational books, Ben still enjoys playing soccer when he can. With roots in Illinois, Ben is an avid Chicago Bears fan, and can be spotted in blue and orange almost year-round. He said he is excited to be part of the program and is looking forward to learning more about being a fullspectrum physician.

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

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

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


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

What sets you apart from other home furnishing stores? Business Jerry: That question requires a multi-faceted answer. First, we are a full-service furniture and flooring retailer. That allows our customers to work with the same sales and design associate for an entire decorating project, under the same roof. Kind of a one-stop shopping experience. Second, our staff has tons of experience. It’s that experience that helps point our customers toward their goal of a beautiful and comfortable home. Casual Jerry: Is he done talking yet? It’s simple. We are really laid back. And we let our customers do the same! When they are in our store, the stress of the high-pressure salesman goes away. Why should people come to shop at Chilton Furniture? Business Jerry: Seriously, we offer a completely different shopping experience. No salesman following you around with a clipboard. No high Turn to TWINS/page 23B

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pressure. You get to shop in total relaxation. We are here to help you as much or as little as you want. It’s your call! And our showroom is beautifully decorated to allow your mind to wander and imagine. That’s where the low-pressure experience comes in. Casual Jerry: I couldn’t have said it better. Did he mention that we’re really laid back? What’s the best thing a customer has ever said to you? Business Jerry: Thank you. Casual Jerry: It’s a tie between:

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Any last words of wisdom? Casual Jerry: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Business Jerry: At Chilton Furniture, we really are laid back. Editor’s note: We did our due diligence in investigative reporting. Chilton Furniture does indeed have more than 90 recliners on their showroom floor. And they really are laid back. And by the time I finished this interview, so was I!

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Gloria Dei active in community

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church remains active in the community through helping local food pantries, supporting the Packer Bash charity event, and being a responsible ecological partner. Vacation Bible Camp is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 6 through Friday Aug. 10 for grades kindergarten through six. Camp leaders come from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Crossways Camp. More information is available on Gloria Dei’s Web site, www.gloriadeilc. com. The Not Quite Ready for Divine Time Players stage dinner-theatres at Gloria Dei and they expanded their 2018 show with one additional performance. Funds generated from the shows are used as matching funds for other fundraisers. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church worships every Sunday at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. It is located at N1230 Seven Corners Rd., New Holstein and was founded in 1975. For more information call 898-5333 or e-mail gloriadeilcwi@

Fox Valley offers variety of classes

Fox Valley Technical College’s Chilton Regional Center is located at 1200 E. Chestnut St. (STH 32/57). Students are able to take general education classes, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes, hobby classes (painting, yoga, aerobics, cooking, dancing, auto repair, and babysitting), nursing assistant classes, computer classes, Commercial Drivers License (CDL) classes, Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW) classes, and more. Staff members at the Chilton Regional Center include Jessica Heimann, administrative assistant for 3-1/2 years in Chilton with 18 years of service to FVTC; Sally Thiede, adult basic education instructor for two years in Chilton and 13 years total with FVTC; Candace Chaussee, administrative assistant for the past eight months; and Rachel Lau, administrative assistant for the past four months. For more information check out www. or

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The New Holstein Lions Club was chartered in 1970. Both men and women are active in the club which has a wide range of ages. 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. The club also sponsors Breakfast with Santa each December— this past year held in conjunction with Country Christmas at the High School—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. The club has also started a Leo Club for schoolage youths in the New Holstein School District. For more information on joining the New Holstein Lions Club contact Al at 753-3702, Jason at (920) 286-2022, or Tim at (920) 360-7300.

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Crazy T’s Auto LLP provides a wide range of vehicle services including auto sales and service, warranty work, new tires, tire rotations, and oil changes. Used car warranties also are available at Crazy T’s Auto, located at 204 E. Main St., Potter. Founded in 2015, Crazy T’s Auto recently expanded to become a five-bay shop. Ryan Kamba and Anthony Krake spearhead the services at Crazy T’s Auto. For more information call (920) 4640841.

Plans under way for ‘18 Kiel Picnic

The 2017 Kiel Community Picnic was a huge success, organizers said, and they are looking forward to seeing everyone at the 2018 Kiel Community Picnic Aug. 9-12. This year’s picnic is scheduled to kick off Thursday night, Aug. 9 with the traditional alcohol-free Family Night and a prize drawing which will be available to kids 16 and under. A weekend of free entertainment will be led off on Friday night, Aug. 10 by the Kiel Municipal Band in the band shell, and returning after many years The Crisis will be in the main tent. For the polka lovers, Jerry Schneider will perform Saturday morning, Aug. 11 in the main tent.

The Entertainment Committee is busily working on booking the Saturday afternoon band shell entertainment. To finish up the evening, Johnny Wad will be on the stage in the main tent Sunday morning, Aug. 12 will start with the Association of Commerce Parade down Fremont Street, followed by the Kiel High School Show Choir performance in the park. Stay to close the weekend with Vic Ferrari. Rides and games for the young or young at heart will be provided by Christman amusements with three days of wristbands for rides available. The food stand will be serving up a weekend of great food featuring grilled hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, grilled chicken breasts, and the famous steak sandwiches. Also be sure to check out the sandwich of the day specials—last year’s chicken cordon bleu sandwich was a big hit. Then don’t forget to stop down Sunday morning before the parade and pick up a ham, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich or two to go. To quench one’s thirst enjoy a wide variety of beverages including assorted sodas, Budweiser and Miller products, as well as some specialties such as Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Spotted Cow. This year’s raffle once again will include a top prize of $1,000. Tickets will be available for sale from many local merchants or from members of the Kiel Lions Club and Kiel Optimist Club starting around June 1. The picnic would never be a success without the help of all the volunteers from the community. Organizers expressed appreciation to all who helped last year. If anyone is interested in vol-

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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. Those Stihl products include its battery-operated line of trimmers, leaf blowers, chain saws, and hedge trimmers. All have three-year warranties, and there is no worrying about mixing gas and oil. “We are looking at expanding our lawn and garden line by adding additional product lines,” Mike said. “We stock parts for small engines and we carry a complete line of Interstate batteries for ATVs, snowmobiles, and lawn mowers.” The showroom is changed out during the year and kept stocked with inventory for the different seasons. Konen said, “Stop in and check out the redesigned Simplicity XL Legacy for which you can get attachments like a front loader and several others, all PTO shaft driven. “We are also a U-Haul dealer carrying trucks, trailers, etc. We carry UHaul supplies for your moving needs, boxes, furniture pads, dollies, packing tape, etc.” Customers also can find a line of bird feeders made in Chilton by Backyard Nature Products. Bird seed and suet are also available. For more information about Konen Sales & Service stop in or call 894-7000.


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Tri-County news • New Holstein Progress • Thursday, April 26, 2018

New campaign slated in Wisconsin to attract talent The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and three other state agencies are moving forward with plans for a $6.8 million marketing campaign aimed at attracting talent to Wisconsin after Governor Scott Walker signed legislation authorizing funding for the initiative. The governor’s signature on Assembly Bill 811 gives the go-ahead to WEDC, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism to develop the collaborative effort aimed at addressing the state’s current and future workforce needs. The marketing campaign will focus on three specific audiences—transitioning military service members and their families; Wisconsin university alumni now living in other states; and Midwest millennials living outside Wisconsin. “Now that the legislation has been signed, WEDC and its agency partners can build upon the successes of in-state talent-oriented marketing and a recent paid-media campaign in Chicago. Our marketing efforts are designed to shift the perceptions people outside of Wisconsin have about the vast opportunities our state offers,” said Tricia Braun, deputy secretary and chief operating officer of WEDC. “To maintain Wisconsin’s strong workforce, we must enact a proactive strategy to attract and retain people whose skills and passions align with Wisconsin’s career and quality of life attributes. This legislation gives us the tools to do just that.”

The legislation, co-sponsored by state Rep. Mike Rohrkaste of Neenah and state Sen. Dan Feyen of Fond du Lac, provides funding to WEDC to develop and implement talent attraction and retention initiatives. The bill requires WEDC to collaborate with state agencies in the development and implementation of those initiatives. While the four state agencies are still developing the marketing strategy, it is expected to include: n promoting Wisconsin as the best state for veterans to work and live through a national campaign directed specifically at military personnel and their families as they prepare to leave active duty. The state will engage with military service members nationwide through transition summits held at military bases across the country. WEDC and its partners will leverage these events and targeted paid media channels to promote Wisconsin as an ideal location for veterans and their families. n continuing collaboration with educational partners throughout the state to encourage graduates of Wisconsin’s higher educational institutions who have moved away to considering returning to the state; n expanding WEDC’s existing marketing campaign to reach millennials in other Midwest cities looking for the best place to pursue their passions; n purchasing and staffing a mobile job center to help residents and nonresidents take advantage of career opportunities in Wisconsin.


Your Holyland Catholic School Faith • Family • Excellence • Providing Quality Catholic Education to the Holyland for over 170 years • Small class sizes increase the interaction between students, teachers and parents, as well as their faith communities • Adaptive teaching techniques and technology are used to accommodate student needs, maximize learning including instruction in high school math • Integration of students of all ages using principles of servant leadership, shared responsibility, and role modeling (it’s common for our children know the name of every other student in the school • 3-Yr & 4-Yr Preschool Program. All Day 5-Yr Old Kindergarten • ALL ARE WELCOME! Financial Assistance Available on Annual Basis • Weekly liturgies, daily prayer daily religious instruction • Family, Faith, Community and Values Environment • Computer Labs/ Smart Boards in all Grades • Parental Involvement Welcomed in School • Extra Curriculars • 17 Local High School Vals/Sals since 1999 To accommodate working families, before and after school care is available from 6:30 am to 5:45 pm for kids in preschool-5th grade. Qualified staff supervise individual and group activities and may assist with homework. Students have access to games, toys, craft activities, outdoor playground, and an all-purpose room. In case of an emergency, parents may request this service on any given day, but generally a schedule is established in advance.

Holyland Catholic School N9290 County Rd. W, Malone, WI 53049


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Tri-County news • New Holstein Progress • Thursday, April 26, 2018

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32B Tri-County news • New Holstein Progress • Thursday, April 26

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