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Tri-County news • New Holstein Progress 2019 • Thursday, May 2, 2019

Big progress at Metko World-class robotic equipment part of expansion By Mark Sherry No New Holstein area business exemplifies progress these days as much as Metko Inc. The metal fabricating business recently put the finishing touches on a multi-million dollar expansion project, has added some of the world’s top laser cutting and bending equipment, has added 15 to 20 jobs over the past three years, and on the distant horizon has two more phases of expansion which could take place. “Manufacturing is good right now,” Metko Manager Patrick McCarthy said. “We’ve done a lot of face lifts in the company. It’s been a good year all the way around.” McCarthy added, “We’ve modernized a lot. This entire addition set a theme for this company. Everything we’re doing shows a change in direction.”

Metko employees are even getting functions performed on the laser cutters and robotic brakes that the machine vendors did not know they could do. The combination of the physical expansion project and the continued addition of automated equipment inside has only served to help grow Metko over the past year. McCarthy said prospective employees would drive past during the construction and say to themselves, “Something is going on there, I at least want to talk to them.” Once inside the plant, visitors and prospective employees find out that this is not their father’s or grandfather’s factory. Bright LED lighting and climate/air control systems make it evident that Metko is “not a cave with a 60-watt light bulb,” as President/CEO Michael McCarthy said during a tour of the plant taken by City of New Holstein officials in December.

Robotics without job loss That direction includes a strong emphasis on state-of-the-art robotic equipment and automation. In fact, the latest piece of equipment to be set up inside Metko’s new addition is truly one of its kind in the world, McCarthy said. At the same time, McCarthy said it is important to point out that no jobs have been removed because of automation. Metko’s skilled operators are trained to be able to work with the new technology to maximize production. McCarthy said

City government helps growth The City of New Holstein played a key role in helping to bring the first phase of what could be a three-phase project to fruition. “They’ve been very helpful,” Michael said of city officials who created a Tax Increment Finance District in the Metko area in order to help the project happen. “I’ve worked with some of them for years.” Michael said the project was in the works for two to three years. He said Phase I also included an exterior face lift

Metko employee Jeremy Hill programs one of the smaller new robotic machines the company has added in the first phase of a major expansion. Mark Sherry photo

to provide a more uniform look to the facility on Milwaukee Drive (STH 32/57). Attractive, high-tech office and meeting areas are now found throughout Metko. A number of rooms pay homage to the McCarthy family’s Irish heritage

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continued from page 2A restaurants. Other parts which come out of Metko wind up on lawn and garden equipment, generators, treadmills, agricultural equipment, automotive assembly lines, etc. Tackling the tough jobs “We get a lot of the hard stuff,” Michael said about jobs other companies cannot or do not want to do. Patrick said Metko is not a single vertical but has its fingers in multiple industries. “What we are making from day to day will change,” he said. When Michael’s father Dave started the business in 1971 he had six employees. Today Metko employs about 75 people operating 24 hours per day, five days per week. In 1978 the company added the production of conveyors for the agricultural industry to its repertoire but ceased producing those in 2010. Patrick said Metko is not just a familyowned business but a business which works to maintain a family atmosphere throughout. “I can walk out on the floor and I know your name,” he said. “They’re not a number, they’re a human being.” That is another factor which he said has helped Metko find and retain good employees. Those employees are really the key in what is driving Metko to success, Patrick added. There are many metal fabrication businesses in the country. Asked what sets Metko apart from the others, Patrick simply said, “There’s an incredible amount of pride in everything we make.”

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New owner good for M-B Companies By Mark Sherry M-B Companies is now part of a group which has manufacturing locations in Switzerland, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, and Norway—and that is good news for its workers in New Holstein and Chilton. The Switzerland-based Aebi Schmidt Group acquired M-B Companies last July, adding it to a growing group which already specialized in the same or similar work to what M-B Companies has been doing for many years. “We’re the biggest player in the world for snow removal equipment,” said Doug Blada, business unit director for M-B’s airport maintenance products. Asked if employees in New Holstein and Chilton have seen any changes with the acquisition by the Aebi Schmidt Group, Blada said they have—and they are good changes. “I would say there are changes,” he said. “They’re bringing a lot more structure to the organization, from financial reporting to day-to-day operations.” Blada said each segment of Aebi Schmidt has its own work stream, but that the combined power of this group which has 10 plants and 2,000 employees worldwide is already bringing benefits to this area. Machines headed to Beijing An example of that is the contract Aebi Schmidt landed for a massive new airport being constructed in Beijing, China. The new airport needs 60-plus units to maintain its runways and it split the bid into four lots. M-B Companies won two of the lots (32 total units), while Aebi Schmidt factories in Europe won the other two. Blada also said it is not out of the question that the diversity of equipment produced by Aebi Schmidt’s companies could someday benefit workers here. “We are looking at future programs,” Blada said. “They have a vast product line. There is an opportunity for these units in North America.” Aebi Schmidt Group acquired M-B Companies specifically to gain a foothold in the North American market, company officials stated in a press release issued last July following the sale. That release added that M-B Companies “has consistently demonstrated high levels of profitability for years. As part of a niche strategy, MBC mainly produces snow removal products for airports, pavement marking machines, multi-service vehicles and attachments, which it markets to private and public contractors. MBC is a leading manufacturer of snow removal and cleaning machines in the airport sector on the North American market. M-B brings strong reputation “MBC, founded in 1907 by three German craftsmen, has arranged the successor to the previous owner with the sale to the ASH Group. The M-B brand has an excellent reputation in the U.S. and will be kept. All employees will be retained by the ASH Group. “With the MBC team, we now have a strong and experienced partner for the North American market, particularly in the airport sector,” said Peter Spuhler, chairman of the Board of Directors at Aebi Schmidt Group. “It is very important to us that we build on the previous owners’ valuable work and the success of MBC, which has been maintained over generations.” The group actually began breaking into the North American market in 2015 with the acquisition of winter

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M-B cross-selling initiatives, it can further drive growth in North America. With consolidated sales of nearly USD 200 million, the ASH Group has now reached a critical size in North America. In the airport market, in which the ASH Group is already active in Europe, Asia and Russia, the company’s merger with MBC has significantly strengthened its global position.” Barend Fruithof, CEO of Aebi Schmidt Group, said, “We wanted to acquire a strongly positioned U.S. business with local production and direct market access, and we have optimally succeeded in this with MBC. Gaining market access in the competitive airport sector in North America without an actual base there is very difficult given the high entry barriers. Thanks to MBC, we now have an outstanding business base with a wellestablished sales and service network, as well as a highly professional team with the necessary experience and in-depth knowledge of local conditions.” Substantial growth in 2018 Group officials reported that it showed substantial growth and increased profitability during 2018 with sales rising to well over EUR 400 million (USD $449 million at current rates). The group also just took over the production of two sweepers from a company in Denmark as of March 31 of this year. In 2018, order intake increased by 20 percent compared to the previous year. Fruithof added, “The Aebi Schmidt

continued from page 5A Group had a successful 2018, and we have also started the current year well, which is very encouraging. Our production facilities are running at full speed and market demand is good, particularly in the airport sector.” Blada echoed that sentiment for operations in New Holstein and Chilton. A three-year labor agreement was ratified last November, and Blada said the local factories are definitely in growth mode at this time. He recently said if the workers were available they would add nine additional employees right now to the 127 already working in Chilton and the 30 to 35 in New Holstein. The Chilton facilities specialize in snow removal equipment for airports— from large airports with commercial flights to smaller airports used for general aviation. They build equipment which includes the complete chassis from ground up with broom and/or plow attachments, as well as tow-behind brooms pulled by the customers’ existing vehicles. The New Holstein factory does similar work but on a smaller scale, including making rotary brooms and blowers for municipalities and other end users. Blada said the Chilton facilities have off-loaded some fabrication and painting duties to New Holstein because of the high volume of work it has to do at this time. Given the strength of its new ownership group, that upward direction could very likely continue into the foreseeable future.

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100 years: On July 31, 1919, a small group of businessmen from New Holstein met at the Calumet Club for the purpose of organizing a businessmen’s association. Chairman Louis Erbe appointed a committee of three people to draft a constitution and by-laws, and proclaimed that the new organization would be called the New Holstein Chamber of Commerce. A full century later, the Calumet Club is still there on Wisconsin Avenue—and so is the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is celebrating its centennial year in 2019 with a number of different plans. It is hoping that one of those activities can include holding a monthly meeting at the Calumet Club with its Board of Directors members dressed in period clothing. Late July celebration planned The bigger celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Chamber of Commerce is being planned for late July when the Chamber sponsors one of the Tri-City Nights activities in the parking lot at Honeymoon Acres’ new facility (the former Gruett’s). Watch for more details of Chamber centennial celebrations as the year unfolds. From 1919 to 2019, the intent of the New Holstein Chamber of Commerce has been largely the same. On Feb. 12, 1920, a resolution was adopted which stated, “Any individual who has the civic, commercial, and industrial welfare of New Holstein at heart...may become a


Chamber of Commerce making plans for celebrating centennial

The Board of Directors of the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce at the start of this year was comprised of (front, from left) Sonny Schaar (recently appointed as secretary), Vice President Phil Kubichka, President Mark Sherry, Wendy Jacobs, and Treasurer Cheri Reedy; and (back) Mike Hartmann, B. J. Jaeckels, Dave Damkot, and Dave Amel.

member of this association....” To this day, the Chamber welcomes not just local businesses to become members but also organizations, service clubs, churches, and any other entity which has the “welfare of New Holstein at heart.” The New Holstein Chamber has a mission of serving the existing businesses/ members in the community. It works in tandem with the separate New Holstein Economic Development Corporation (NHEDC) which views its mission as working to attract new businesses to the community.

One of the ways the Chamber works to accomplish its mission is by offering networking opportunities between businesses, including at its monthly meetings held the first Wednesday of each month (except August) starting at 7:15 a.m. at the Community Center on the south end of Kiwanis Park. Meetings are open to everyone. In addition to conducting any necessary business, the Chamber often brings in speakers of interest to business people and also allows an “around the horn” session at the end of the meeting in which each member in attendance can

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ular annual activities, such as Night on the Town in late July, the Distinguished Person of the Year program, and Country Christmas in early December. To raise funds to support its causes, the Chamber sponsors the popular Raffle Night in late winter, the Golf Outing in late July, and a 50/50 raffle. Some of its funds are donated to local causes and organizations such as the NHEDC, the New Holstein/ Kiel Police Cadets, and the New Holstein Fire Department. The Chamber also was one of the first groups to back Tri-City Nights with a donation of $1,000. Working to make New Holstein a better place to live, work, and play is something the Chamber has been doing for 100 years. During the “Roaring Twenties” various projects were carried out by the Chamber such as house and lot numbering and the construction of a toilet in Civic Park. It also promoted the extension of electrical service to Charlesburg, Marytown, and areas east of New Holstein, securing a loan of $2,150 to the Electric Light Commission. Over the years the Chamber also took the lead on water works and sewage improvements in the city, and had substantial influence on the State of Wisconsin to have STH 57 between New Holstein and Chilton paved with concrete. Honoring local industry During the industrial boom of the 1950s and ‘60s in New Holstein, the

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Chamber sponsored a Salute to Industry in 1966 in which 28 local industries were honored with plaques and leather-bound certificates. At the time, 30 percent of industry workers resided in the city and 70 percent came from outside the city. There was a total workforce of 2,471 employees at that time with a payroll of over $10.7 million. In the decades which followed, the Chamber continued to celebrate New Holstein with everything from Cowtown Days to annual Cowtown T-shirts to sponsoring one of the big events during the city’s 150th anniversary in 1998. The New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce currently has 83 members, although board members are discussing the fitting goal of trying to drive that number to 100 in the current year. The Chamber does employ a parttime paid executive secretary in Renée Jaeckel, and she can be reached at info@ newholsteinchamber.com. But President Mark Sherry of Delta Publications said, “The Chamber is nothing more than the sum of its members. We all volunteer our time to give a little back to a community which has given us so much. We have a lot of fun at our meetings and events and are really looking forward to celebrating our centennial this year. We are hoping even more businesses and organizations join us in this celebration and in putting the ‘civic, commercial and industrial welfare of New Holstein at heart.’”


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MT Glass owners observe 15th year By Mark Sherry This year, Jim and Chris Leavitt are celebrating 15 years of making new friends at their MT Glass Bar & Grill in New Holstein. They both agree that getting to make new acquaintances has been one of the best things about being in the bar business. “I just enjoy talking to people and having a good time,” Jim said. Jim and Chris talked about the example of a couple from Kaukauna who one day stopped at MT Glass, 2122 Wisconsin Ave. (STH 32/57). They enjoyed the food, the atmosphere of the little smalltown, main-drag bar, and the friendliness of the Leavitts. Over the years and through many repeat visits, the couples now consider themselves good friends. Similarly, there are plenty of regulars who come in daily or almost daily to take up a seat at the bar which wraps around one corner. A few jokes and a few friendly barbs are often mixed in between the food and the drinks at MT Glass. First-timers are obviously welcome as well and regularly discover that MT Glass offers a couple notches above normal bar food. People enjoy Friday fish fry “It’s amazing how far people will come for fish on Fridays,” Jim said, pointing out that people have driven to MT Glass from Milwaukee, New London, and all points in between just to get a Friday fish fry. The only all-you-can-

eat fish is whitefish, but it is a popular selection for hungry folks. On the other hand, the generous portions of cod, walleye, perch, bluegill, and shrimp—along with cole slaw, bread, and several different choices of potatoes, including their famous baby reds—are about all one person can eat anyway. The Friday fish fry ends around 9 p.m. This time of year there is another type of fish which MT Glass does not have the physical capacity to serve on Fridays but instead offers on Wednesdays—smelt. Heads off, lightly battered, and garnished with some homemade onion rings, the smelt only will be offered while supplies last, Jim said. Customers say MT Glass also makes a great pizza (not available on fish fry Fridays), and its two-topping pizza special on Wednesdays is a bargain. The Leavitts also have brought back Taco Tuesdays, offering hard and soft tacos and enchiladas with all the fixings available. The kitchen is open from 11 a.m. to close—usually 11 p.m.—and offers all the usual bar food as well including a variety of burgers, chicken sandwiches, and assorted appetizers. Jim said MT Glass gets a lot of positive comments about its food. He added, “If you’re going to be in the food business, you have to concentrate on giving them good food, not just food.” Jim has a little hospitality experience in his bloodline as in the 1940s his

Chris and Jim Leavitt are observing their 15th year as owners of MT Glass Bar & Grill in New Holstein. Mark Sherry photo

grandparents owned the Trempeleau Hotel in western Wisconsin where he grew up. Jim’s mother had no interest in owning the business, although Jim returned years later after his grandparents were out of the business to do some remodeling work in the building. A few salt and pepper shakers displayed inside

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MT Glass teacher at New Holstein High School when he and Chris joined another couple in purchasing the business, and later the Leavitts became the sole owners. “One career endged, another one started,” Jim said. “I’ve enjoyed every year of that.” While to the casual observer the interior of MT Glass has largely remained the same over the years, the Leavitts are constantly making significant improvements. A large, walk-in cooler was installed a couple years ago, an idea Jim said he got from the Altona Supper Club. He said he made the decision to go ahead with the cooler one day when he had to run downstairs twice for things and hit his head twice on the low basement ceiling. The new cooler boosted beer choices from about 15 to 40 and also increased wine choices. Making improvements The rear parking lot was paved two years ago, and Jim said he plans to reseal and have parking lines painted on the lot this year. Four flat-screen TVs are in the establishment. An outdoor beer garden with a fire ring will get busier as the weather warms, with music from the jukebox playing on outdoor speakers as well. Over the years tap lines have been

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increased from 6 to 11. “There isn’t a spot that we haven’t really touched in here,” Jim said, adding that he always tries to use local contractors as needed. Speaking of spots not touched, firsttime patrons will notice that a very large percentage of the wall space in MT Glass is covered with humorous signs, license plates which patrons bring in, a beer bottle collection, photographs, and an assortment of other items. Jim said the signs are great conversation starters and he keeps his eyes open for new ones to add to the collection. “Chris gets so upset,” Jim said. “I figure there’s a lot of wall space yet that isn’t covered.” It is all part of the good fun at MT Glass—the “MT,” by the way, not standing for anything other than a different way to say “empty”—and the Leavitts also add to the fun by sponsoring pool, darts, and bean bag teams and leagues. The summer bean bag league is getting ready to start and people can talk to Jim if interested in participating.

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Julie joins Julie at NH’s Classic Cuts By Mark Sherry Julie, meet Julie. Julie Schoenborn has been operating her Classic Cuts salon at 1701 Wisconsin Ave. (STH 32/57) in New Holstein for 19 years, part of a hair styling career which goes back to cosmetology classes in 1980-’81. As she plans for her future, Schoenborn had been considering adding another stylist at her salon. Through mutual connections, word of the possible opportunity got to Julie (Kraus) Kiecker of Kiel. The young stylist had been working in Green Bay but had recently left that job in part because of the long daily commute. Kiecker walked into Classic Cuts one day and the rest—as is often said—is history. Since starting at Classic Cuts on Feb. 19, Kiecker said she enjoys the cozy, small town feel of the salon. That does not come as a great surprise because she was born and raised in Kiel, the daughter of Tom and Mary Kraus. She graduated from Kiel High School in 2009. Kiecker moved to Green Bay to attend classes at the Wisconsin College of Cosmetology, now called Paul Mitchell the School. She attended classes full time for one year to complete the program. The program consisted of class work for the first third of the year and classes and practicals for the remaining time at the full-service salon inside the school. Kiecker said she recalls being nervous “big time” the first time she worked on someone’s hair at the school salon. “I remember it being very fast-paced,” she said, adding that students are supported

by instructors who are monitoring what is going on with each step the students are taking. She graduated on Aug. 17, 2010 and immediately went to work as a stylist for a Green Bay salon at which she had been working as a receptionist. She worked for that salon for 8-1/2 years before finally tiring of the commute as husband Matt works in New Holstein. Being closer to family is another reason why Kiecker said she wanted to look for employment in this area. Classic Cuts has long been providing services to people of all ages, and Schoenborn said she hopes the addition of Kiecker only brings more high school age youths and young adults to Classic Cuts. The salon serves men and women of all ages and just recently had customers ranging in age from 3 to 95. The full-service care at Classic Cuts includes cuts, perms, colors, and waxing. Kiecker has brought nail care services with her to Classic Cuts as well. Books with photos of numerous types of hairstyles are available at the salon to help customers communicate just what they want. Classic Cuts also sells Loma brand organic shampoo, and its All-Nutrient permanent brand also is organic. Schoenborn also added that both she and Kiecker take continuing education classes, such as the hair cutting seminar they will be attending soon. Standard hours at Classic Cuts are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Schoenborn said they work to accommodate their customers and often come in early or stay later

Julie Schoenborn (left) of Classic Cuts salon in New Holstein has been joined by stylist Julie Kiecker. Mark Sherry photo

as necessary. They will see customers on Saturdays for special events such as weddings and proms, something Kiecker said she really enjoys doing. Schoenborn said she likes the atmosphere which she has created over the

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Restaurant’s decor matches great food By Mark Sherry Successfully establishing Korner Kitchen as a place to get great meals at reasonable prices, the Mamuti family set out in late January to improve the appearance of their New Holstein restaurant. Based on the reaction of their many customers, they have accomplished their mission. Emma from Korner Kitchen credits her mother Julia with coming up with the concepts for the remodeling. Emma said they wanted Korner Kitchen to be light, airy, fresh, and modern. “We want this to be a bright part of their day,” she said about their customers. Korner Kitchen was closed for two weeks from late December to early January to allow the work to be done. It was much more than a redecorating as some significant structural changes took place. Christel & Heiberger Builders of New Holstein added two new windows on the south wall of the dining room, opening up the dining room to the small dining counter area, and refinished woodworking throughout the restaurant. In addition, new ceiling tiles were installed and just about every painted area inside the restaurant got a new coat of paint. While work was being done the Mamuti family took the opportunity to take a rare family break. When they returned it was almost like a scene from one of those restaurant makeover TV shows. “We walked in and the first thing we saw were the walls, and we were like ‘whoa’,” Emma said about the repainted but bare wall spaces. They quickly went to work adding plants, pictures, and other decorations to give Korner Kitchen the home-like feel they were seeking. “You

should feel like you’re coming to my dinner table,” Emma said. That is definitely the feel at Korner Kitchen as Emma said, “We have a really big set of regulars.” Whether it is the normal breakfast group or the individuals and families who frequently gather for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner, Korner Kitchen is something of a home-awayfrom-home for many people. Emma also said they regularly get people coming from as far away as Fond du Lac and Appleton just to eat at Korner Kitchen. A couple from Chicago who regularly travel to Green Bay make it a point to pass through New Holstein because of Korner Kitchen. A truck driver who has to come to New Holstein four times per year must stop there every time he is in town. But “new regulars” are always welcome, of course, and they will find a broad menu of home-cooked favorites and daily specials. Emma said they have a core group of daily specials for which people specifically return, but they do try to introduce new specials. Chicken carbonara is an example of a special which was introduced and really took off, Emma said. From burgers to pasta dishes to comfort-food dinners and more, Emma’s father Billy leads the cooking efforts. The painted words “Billy’s Kitchen” appear above the opening through which he passes tasty dish after tasty dish and says “hi” to his customers/friends. When the family moved from Chicago to this area to open their family restaurant, Emma said she saw a different side of her father. “He has such a passion for cooking,” she said. “He has a certain expectation for his food.” She said striving

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remodeling process they have started to refinish the booths. Emma said customers have commented on how nice it is to see a business investing in its community. “Everyone loves it,” she said of the new Korner Kitchen. “That’s the best part.” She added, “I think we were meant to be in New Holstein. Chicago was too big for us.... We’re looking to have a good business, a good lifestyle in a great community.”

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Learning Center offers assistance to all ages A teacher’s lifelong desire to help students led to 50 years in the teaching profession and the creation of a learning center located in Malone. Patricia Tyunaitis served as a middle school math teacher in the New Holstein Public School District for 27 years before retiring in 1999 and opening Miss T’s Learning Center. “I began my teaching career 50 years ago in Johnsburg, Wisconsin. I have gone to Campbellsport and Whitefish Bay and then returned to the Holyland. “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 with which they are having problems. 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 and 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 said she 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 said she 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.

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ematical calculations, and learning facts in mathematics. It is generally seen as the mathematical equivalent to dyslexia. It can occur in people from across the whole IQ range, along with difficulties with time, measurement, and spatial reasoning. Estimates of the prevalence of dyscalculia range between 3 and 6 percent of the population. Currently a full-time teacher at Lakeshore Technical College—where she has helped students with dyscalculia— and also working at Lakeland College, Tyunaitis graduated high school from Kenosha St. Joseph and completed her undergraduate work at Alverno College in Milwaukee and earned her master’s degree from Webster University in St. Turn to MISS T’S/page 14A

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Louis. “I have begun work on my Ph.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 seek her help for reading but she will work with any subject and any age student from prekindergarten to adults, spending about an hour of one-on-one time with each student. Special education students are also welcome at the center. Tyunaitis said she 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 who wish to can choose a dog to accompany them in the learning center classroom for their tutoring sessions. “The dogs relax them, helping them learn,” Tyunaitis said. “The dogs are great for therapy.” Tyunaitis said some colleges are now

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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. She can be reached at (920) 841-0737. The learning center website is https://sites.google.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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New owners keep Salchert’s traditions alive By Mike Mathes A new set of owners may have taken over a century old St. Cloud meat market. But, don’t expect a lot to change. Katie and Jeff Fuhrmann know a community treasure when they see one. Familiar sausage recipes, the same traditional fresh cut meat counter, even the chairs for the Saturday morning wait for the savory products offered at Salchert’s will all remain in place. “We are training under Craig and Sue to learn their techniques,” Katie Fuhrmann said. “They have done an incredible job of taking what Sue’s parents and grandparents have started. They grew their business using those recipes and traditions, and we expect to carry that forward.” The Fuhrmanns purchased the business in January. “We are excited to help keep a regional treasure alive,” Katie said. “We literally live a mile from here—Jeff being from St. Cloud and me growing up in Chilton.” It seemed like a natural fit for the couple. Katie and Jeff were together the entire time that Katie’s family, the Hedrichs, were building the LaClare Family Farm. She was the head cheesemaker at LaClare, a food service role that prepped her for the challenge of preserving the iconic meat market. “I am still involved in that cheesemaking role on a part time basis, but Jeff and I are running Salchert’s together,” she said. Marytown connection For Jeff, the venture into the butcher shop business echoes traditions from his family as well. The Fuhrmann family ran the meat market in Marytown for

many years before closing shop in the 1990’s. Jeff’s great uncle ran the market, and his father spent several years as a meat cutter in the business.

Traditional products Complete with its own slaughterhouse and meat processing room, Salchert’s will continue to offer its traditional products. Customers can expect the same great cuts of meat in the Salchert’s showcase. Custom cuts are always available, something that’s tough to find in today’s modern meat departments. “A lot of meat markets and stores have gone away from that, but fresh cuts are always available here,” Katie said. People have been known to travel far and wide for the specialty meats and sausages at Salchert’s. They are best known for products like liver sausage and rinderwurst, but, the summer sausage, bologna and locally-made weiners are also long standing recipes. Other customer favorites include Salchert’s bratwurst and farmer’s sausage. “Our pizza burgers are phenomenal,” Katie noted. Other items In addition to the sausage and fresh cut meats, Salchert’s also offers fresh chicken and frozen fish items. Home-cured hams are a specialty meat available for holidays and graduation parties. “Our objective is to keep our prices affordable and competitive with other Turn to SALCHERT’S/page 16A


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meat outlets in our area.” Beyond the meat offerings, Salchert’s also provides seasonings and sauces for grilling and preparing their items. Thanks to Katie’s connection at LeClare Farms, all the LeClare cheese options are also offered at Salchert’s.

Supporting the community For Salchert’s, community support is a two-way street. “Sue told us that the family always took pride in the idea that they were helping to feed the community,” Katie added. Salchert’s remains committed to backing local brat fry events and helping organizations with their fundraisers. The meat market also works to provide wholesale meats for local bars and restaurants, a service that will continue. Custom butchering Salchert’s has long been known as a custom butchering shop, working with local farmers to process meat animals and sold quarters, halves and whole portions. They also offer butchering services to hunters who need to have their wild game processed.

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“We do all sorts of wild game processing from venison to bear to pheasants. There isn’t a week we aren’t working on some sort of wild game. Of course the fall deer hunting season makes us crazy, crazy busy,” Katie said. New additions Since Katie has a marketing degree, she admits that a few small changes will be a part of the transition. Though the main formula will remain solid, customers might be able to see things like greater use of technology for ordering and use of credit card processing in the future. You might even be able to find a growing presence for Salchert’s on the web and within social media corners. Even in an age where things are changing rapidly, the Fuhrmanns are banking on the community’s support for the old hometown meat market.....right down to the suckers they will continue to hand out for the kids. You can visit Salchert’s in downtown St. Cloud just about any day of the week. But, don’t bother on Sundays and Mondays. They will be closed like they always have been.

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Starlight Healings grows to new location By Mark Sherry A three-fold growth in her business over the past year has caused Lisa Jacobson to move her Starlight Healings and Potions business. The business had been located inside Heaven Scent Salon on Wisconsin Avenue in New Holstein but is now based out of Jacobson’s home at 1512 Pleasant Ave. in New Holstein. Jacobson said she has checked out and is abiding by all city ordinances requiring operation of a home-based business and that she is excited about the prospects of having double the square footage in which to operate at her home. Most of the business is located in the basement of the home which is easily accessible through a door at the rear of the home, although her foot detox services are offered in the upper level of the home. “We’ve had a lot of love and support,” Jacobson said about her business and its growth over the past year. She said people from northeast Wisconsin sometimes had to travel to Milwaukee or Chicago to get some of the products and/or services which she provides. Jacobson said she certainly recognizes that her business is a little “out there” for some people, but added, “I think it’s important that people know I’m not scary.” She attends a Christian church in New Holstein and said her pastors would fight for her right to do the business which she does. “They know my heart,” she said. “I always tell them, ‘That’s what I do, it’s not who I am.’” She invites people to come into her store and just chat. Referring to the Bible sitting on a table in her new loca-

Lisa Jacobson is now operating her Starlight Healings and Potions from her home at 1512 Pleasant Ave.

tion, Jacobson said, “He tells us not to judge. He tells us to love our brothers and our enemies.” Jacobson said she relied on such verses after receiving an anonymous letter in January critical of her business. She said many people rallied in her support and that her business grew significantly after that. One of her big supporters is her husband Mike, a U.S. Air Force veteran. While she said he might not understand all that she does, he is a big fan of her foot detox service. Foot detoxes are becoming more popular at spas and in other places as a way to rid the body of any harmful toxins. Potential toxins can range from impurities in the air to chemicals in the

home and beauty products. An ionic foot detox is said to work by pulling toxins out of the body through the feet. Starlight Healings and Potions offers a wide variety of other services including reiki, crystal healings, and tarot readings. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through people. In addition to the services Lisa can provide, she said she also will be bringing in special guests whom she has gotten to know over the last few years. Psychic medium Debbie McGlin Mauel

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will be guest at Starlight Healings and Potions about once a month including some Saturdays in June. Chakra reader Andrea Covey, pet communicators Leigh and Tomas Sanchez, and intuitive tarot reader Molly Zeleske also will be among the regular guests. People can stay up to date on what is happening at Starlight Healings and Potions by following the business on Facebook or checking out the website starlighthealings.shop. Jacobson has two rooms in her basement which can be separated—a healing and reading room, and her store. The store has many items which support the Turn to starlight/page 18A

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Service calls keeping Todd’s Plumbing busy By Mark Sherry From installation of plumbing at new construction sites, to remodeling of kitchens and baths, to servicing and repairing just about anything that involves running water, Todd’s Plumbing can do it. Owner Todd Schmidlkofer continues to be the one-man shop behind Todd’s Plumbing, but he said that is the way he likes it. “I still love plumbing,” Schmidlkofer said. “I like to work with my hands.” He gets to do that a lot, with service and repair calls often being what keeps him busy. Servicing or replacing water heaters is just one of the things Todd’s Plumbing does. Thermostats and interior elements are a couple of things which can go wrong with water heaters, which Schmidlkofer said have a life expectancy these days of only 6 to 10 years. Extending water heater’s life There is a relatively simple step homeowners can take—but often do not—to extend the life of their water heater which involves bleeding the line. Bleeding the line on the water heater removes trapped air and the mineral deposits that can affect the water heater’s ability to heat water. Schmidlkofer said he can perform the task for people, show them how to do it, or even explain it to them over the phone (920-418-1004). Many homeowners these days have finished basements, and doing regular maintenance on a water heater or replacing older ones before they fail and cause damage to carpeting, drywall, etc. makes a lot of sense. “If people do a little bit of maintenance on their water heater, that will help preserve the tank,” Schmidlkofer said. Repair of water softeners is a little more difficult, he said, because of the availability of parts and the factor of whether or not the softener is owned by the local municipality. Water softeners have a life expectancy of about 15 years. “There’s not a lot to repair on them,” he said. When it comes to toilets, Schmidlkofer sees everything from cracks to leaks to tank parts which are not functioning properly. He can repair many issues, but when it comes time for a new toilet he generally suggests and uses Kohler or American Standard products because of their quality. Stepping in to save the day Repairing a dripping faucet is some-

thing many homeowners can do themselves, but more than once Schmidlkofer has gladly stepped in after someone has taken apart a faucet and cannot get it back together. Replacement faucets in the bathroom, kitchen, or anywhere else are no problem for Todd’s Plumbing. On a little bigger scale, Todd’s Plumbing can do replacements of bath tubs and/or showers, including removing the old tub/shower. He said the process usually can be done in a day although any drywall and finishing work around the impacted area might take a little longer. In general, one thing Schmidlkofer said all homeowners should know is where their main water shut-off is for their home. If something springs a leak, get the water shut off and give Todd’s Plumbing a call. He also cautions homeowners to keep an eye out for nonreputable contractors who might try to upsell prospective customers on things they may neither need nor want. He encourages homeowners to work with trusted, local plumbers. RO gaining popularity One item more and more people do seem to want these days is reverse osmosis (RO) faucets or water purification systems, something Todd’s Plumbing can and has installed. RO is a simple and straightforward water filtration process. It is accomplished by water pressure pushing tap water through a semipermeable membrane to remove impurities from water. This is a process in which dissolved inorganic solids are removed from a solution—water. Some of the impurities which can find their way into water are lead, chlorine, pesticides, detergents, nitrates, and sulfates. Schmidlkofer said super high efficiency filters remove a large percentage of those impurities. While rural residents using well water are often the customers seeking RO systems, Schmidlkofer added, “There’s good reason to have it in the city.” Finding a place to locate the filter system is one of the plumber’s tasks. They can fit under a sink, but Schmidlkofer said he prefers to locate them in the basement closer to where the water enters the home. RO systems come in a wide variety of price/quality levels and usually can be installed in just a couple hours, Schmidlkofer said. Todd’s Plumbing provides its services to new and existing customers throughout Calumet County and the neighboring counties as he works out of his rural New Holstein home.


services provided by Starlight Healings and Potions, and many more beyond those services. Items include crystals, tarot cards, essentials oils, homemade remedies, and even handmade brooms and wands—which Jacobson pointed out are merely decorative. Moving Starlight Healings and Potions to her home gains the advantage of having her nine herb gardens close to the business. Jacobson grows many of the plants she uses in her homemade remedies which many people claim provide relief for a wide range of issues. During this interview, a young couple from De Pere found their way to Starlight Heal-

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ings and Potions to pick up a few items which they said help their overall physical and mental health. “This summer is going to be really busy,” Lisa said, pointing out that she will be traveling to Fish Creek in Door County every Thursday to provide readings and healings and possibly sell some items at Stargazers there. In addition, she plans to be a regular with a booth at Tri-City Nights on Friday evenings at Honeymoon Acres in New Holstein. Spring hours are Tuesdays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with occasional Saturdays and other hours by appointment.

Todd Schmidlkofer of Todd’s Plumbing can perform plumbing work from fixing a leaky faucet to installing all the plumbing services for a newly constructed home, and everything in between. Mark Sherry photo

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Tri-City goes extra step for customers By Mark Sherry A business person can talk about what they do for their customers, but actions speak louder than words. The interview for this story about Tri-City Small Engine Repair & Sales was interrupted when a customer came in looking to purchase a new chain saw from the nice selection of both gas and battery powered saws displayed at TriCity, 2204 Calumet Dr. (STH 32/57), New Holstein. The man said he had researched chain saws online, picked out which one he wanted, and found it displayed at TriCity Small Engine. At some big box stores or other retailers, the customer would have taken the saw to the checkout counter, paid his money, and been on his way home to study the owner’s manual and set up the saw. On this day at Tri-City Small Engine, Josh Buechel took the saw off the shelf and disappeared into the back repair shop. He came out a while later to grab a bottle of oil, then headed back to the shop. A short time later the sound of a chain saw running could be heard. Josh then returned to the showroom and—instead of just handing the saw over to the customer and ringing up the sale—proceeded to show the man all the features of the saw, provided tips and instruction on its start-up and use, and offered TriCity Small Engine’s standard and free five-hour check-up. After five hours of use, customers can bring their equipment back to Tri-City to have Josh or his father Scott check it over to make sure everything is tight and operating as it should. That does not just go for chain saws, of

The top-notch service provided by Josh Buechel (left) and his father Scott at Tri-City Small Engine in New Holstein matches the top-quality lawn and garden and snow removal products they sell. Mark Sherry photo

course, but also snowblowers, mowers, trimmers, and everything else Tri-City Small Engine sells. Repair shop never slows down That type of service is why Tri-City

Small Engine has remained busy since the day it opened. The repair shop never stops seeing a steady stream of all types and sizes of equipment from multiple different makers. Tri-City Small Engine services what it sells but everything else

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cently even got an old midget car running again for a customer. New equipment sales also are a big part of the business at Tri-City Small Engine. The Buechels said this past winter’s snow came too late to encourage good snowblower sales so they are offering good deals on end-of-the-season stock before putting the blowers into storage for next winter. There is never a bad time to get ready for next winter, especially if all that snow in February and March drained the last life out of the old snowblower. They are hoping all that late-winter moisture helps kick off a great grass growing season, and their showroom is being filled with the latest and greatest push and riding mowers from Simplicity and other makers. Scott said one of the big improvements in riding mowers has been the spring suspension systems. He said they are being made better all the time and make a big difference when cutting, especially on a bumpy yard. “You’re not so sore when you get off of them,” he said with a smile. Keep fuel fresh in equipment They also said more mowers are moving to fuel-injection motors, even on push mowers. Those motors run cleaner for the environment, the Buechels said, and also work better with today’s fuel which goes stale faster than fuel once did. On that subject, the Buechels advise people to have only enough gas on hand that will be used in a month’s time. If the

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grass is not growing fast enough or the snow falling often enough to burn up that gas, dump it into the fuel tank of a car or truck and go get some fresh gas for the gas can. That might mean a few more trips to the gas station, but it also will mean better operating mowers and snowblowers. Big sales are taking place right now at Tri-City Small Engine on batterypowered equipment, including Dolmar equipment which soon will be under the Makita name. Tri-City now sells all the battery-powered Makita hand tools as well, including drills, saws, leaf blowers, and more. The brand used to have the slogan “199 tools fit one battery,” but now it has over 200 tools or tool configurations which can be powered by the same battery. Battery-powered wheelbarrows are even available now. Josh said brushless motors “have been awesome” in the advance of batterypowered equipment as they require less power to run and help the ever-improving modern batteries last even longer. Tri-City Small Engine helps people in a broad area of northeast Wisconsin keep their equipment running longer by offering preseason mower tune-ups in the spring and the same service for snowblowers in the fall. If pick-up and delivery service is needed, someone from Tri-City Small Engine will be there to provide it. Just stop in or call 898-5252 to get questions answered about new or used equipment or to line up service work.

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Best things in life found at Lilybee Flowers By Mark Sherry Step into Lilybee Flowers in New Holstein and experience many of the best things in life. It is hard if not impossible to walk around the shop at 2126 Wisconsin Ave. (STH 32/57) and not think about family, friends, good times, and the beauty of the world. Owner Carrie Strobl brings those thoughts and feelings to her customers by continually stocking the shop with new, fun, and interesting items which can quickly take the edge off a sometimes harsh world. “We try to keep it different and trending, make it fun to stop in,” Strobl said. “We try to have the freshest product.” Start off with some wine How about starting with a little bit of wine? Strobl has family members who own Honeywood Winery in Salem, Oregon. The winery actually dates back to 1933 and is the oldest producing winery in Oregon. Lilybee Flowers carries 17 of the 38 varieties of wine produced by Honeywood. Strobl said most of them are of the sweet variety, and most of them also are very reasonably priced at just $12 per bottle. Lilybee Flowers has hosted wine tastings over the past year and will continue to do so by request from small groups. Simply get a group together, call Lilybee Flowers at 898-5660 to schedule a date and time, and enjoy tasting three wine varieties for free and purchasing a larger glass of those which are preferred. Our Daily Wine is another brand of wine that is organic and sulfate-free and is carried by Lilybee Flowers. And if there is wine there has to be chocolate, right? Lilybee Flowers began carrying handmade truffles from the Texas-based Sweet Shop as of July. There are 14 varieties of truffles—including a sugar-free option which tastes anything but sugar free—and a few other types of candies also are available to satisfy a sweet tooth or further sweeten a gift. Fresh flowers, plants Visitors to Lilybee Flowers also can celebrate the beauty of the world with the pleasant sights and smells of all the fresh flowers and plants available in the shop. Strobl said many people remembered their loved ones on Valentine’s Day with flowers, but flowers and plants are more than a one-day-per-year thing. Strobl has brought in more varieties and quantities of house plants, succulents, cacti, etc. than ever before. One of those interesting new additions is air plants—small plants which can survive just on the moisture in the air and, therefore, do well in bathrooms and kitchens while still providing the occasional colorful bloom. Lilybee Flowers also is now carrying the Nora Fleming line of collectible serving ware. The stoneware serving pieces are generally just white but people then buy seasonal/holiday mini collectibles to put on the edges of the serving pieces— perhaps a Santa at Christmastime or a colorful bunny at Easter. This allows the same serving pieces to be used yearround instead of pulling out the “Christmas platter” once a year. Not feeling very creative? Lilybee Flowers offers a variety of classes in painting, crafting, plants and florals, etc. The new way of signing up for Lilybee classes is to go on the website lilybeeflowersinc.com and go to the classes tab. Similar to the wine tasting, just get a Turn to LILYBEE/page 24A

Wine, gifts, flowers and more are sold by owner Carrie Strobl at Lilybee Flowers in New Holstein.

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Multi-faceted Briess continues to grow The growth of the American craft brewing industry is slowing, but it is indeed still growing—and Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. of Chilton is growing along with it. Ryan O’Toole, president and chief operating officer of Briess, said it also important to note that Briess serves much more than just the brewing industry. “Briess is a complex operation, and it’s understandable that many people don’t know just what it is we do,” O’Toole said. “I tell people that, as they walk through grocery and convenience stores, it’s likely several of the foods and beverages they see are made with one or several Briess ingredients. Many of the craft beers in liquor department coolers likely contain one or more Briess specialty malt or malt extract. “You won’t see ‘Briess’ on any list of ingredients, but you may see ‘malt,’ ‘malt extract,’ ‘malted barley flour,’ ‘tapioca syrup,’ ‘brown rice flour,’ and other easily understood ingredients that could have been supplied by Briess,” he added. Finding its way into products In a nutshell, Briess makes ingredients for craft beer, food, pet food, and nonalcoholic beverage products. O’Toole said, “Everything we make is natural, and we produce non-GMO and organic ingredient options. We’ve set ourselves apart from competitors by focusing on the production of natural, specialty ingredients that are typically used in smaller quantities than commodity ingredients for better flavor, color, aroma and function. For example, just a small percentage of our caramel malted barley

Briess President/COO Ryan O’Toole meets with Stacey Schneider (Inventory) and John Friedman (Distribution) in the Irish Road Distribution Center.

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continued from page 22A the first malting company to offer specialty malts to craft brewers in the 1980s. And our commitment to American craft beer hasn’t changed. “But many people don’t know that we are the largest manufacturer of malted milk powder in North America, thus our reputation for using Briess Malted Milk Balls as our signature calling card. We don’t make them, but our malted milk powder is inside the crunchy center. That’s why they’re so flavorful.” Craft beer still important Despite the slowing in craft beer growth it “remains a key target audience for Briess and our growth plans,” O’Toole said. “Artisan distilleries and homebrewers are also supplied by our Beer Ingredients Division.” The Briess Food Ingredients Division—which started in the 1980s with two product lines—has been growing as consumer demand for healthier, better-for-you foods and beverages increases. O’Toole said, “Since everything we make is natural, our ingredients make it possible for food manufacturers to improve their labels with claims like ‘natural,’ ‘whole grain,’ ‘gluten free,’ and other statements perceived as healthier by consumers. That’s our best fit, and our tagline ‘Put a Better Label on the Table’ appropriately describes why more and more food manufacturers are using Briess ingredients.” Briess initiated an environmental program several years ago which continues to decrease energy usage and emissions annually. “In the past several years, we have greatly expanded our green initiatives, implementing a comprehensive Seed to Specialty™ sustainability program that encompasses our environment, our communities, and our people,” O’Toole said. “Our efforts were recognized last year when Briess was named a Business Friend of the Environment by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.” In the past five years Briess staffing has increased by more than 100. “Today, our staff of 260 are committed to meeting customer demand and developing innovative ingredients for future growth,” the president/CEO added. “Spurring growth has been increasing consumer demand for better-for-you foods and beverages. Our portfolio of natural, healthy ingredients is the perfect ft the expanding health and wellness platform, and we are focusing efforts on innovative solutions and services to expand the industry and grow as a company.” In recent years Briess has expanded its facilities locations to include Manitowoc. “We acquired the Manitowoc facility just one year after purchasing a large barley elevator and processing operation in Wyoming,” O’Toole said. “Manitowoc completed the Seed to Specialty™ cycle that we needed to grow. It receives the barley grown for Briess in Wyoming and Montana, and has the capability to properly clean, grade, and store it. This gives Briess complete control over our barley supply chain. “In addition, recommissioning a large malthouse on the property a year after we purchased the facility more than doubled our capacity,” he added. “Manitowoc has been key to our growth and expansion. And it continues to offer opportunity. Currently, an expansion

project will add roasting and packaging capabilities at Manitowoc. This provides redundancy for consistent supply of ingredients to our customers, and additional capacity for growth.” Asked about how Briess is handling the challenge many businesses are facing in finding qualified workers, O’Toole said, “Briess is feeling the same recruiting challenges as other businesses in Wisconsin, as the state is basically in a state of full employment. To attract qualified candidates, we continue to review our total compensation program which already includes a generous vacation package, 401k matching and profit sharing, training opportunities, and a premium health insurance plan with low deductibles and low employee contribution. “As a family-operated business, we also strive to maintain a culture that’s conducive to family life and offers rewarding employment, educational opportunities, and growth potential.” Asked what sets Briess apart from its competitors,

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events. Strobl said she loves doing weddings and—while she has floral services scheduled for a number of weddings already this year—has plenty of room for more. “It’s just such a special time,”

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Providing eye care...from here to Haiti By Mark Sherry Dr. Cheryl Roers provides eye care to people of all ages—whether they live within driving distance of the eye care centers in New Holstein, Chilton, Sheboygan, and Grafton, or if they live on the island of Ile-a-Vache off the coast of Haiti. The unusually long distance between places Dr. Roers practices dates back to the spring of 2012 when—upon the invitation of another eye doctor/friend—she volunteered her time and skills for the first time providing eye care to residents of the Caribbean island of Haiti who did not otherwise have access to it. At that time they provided care to people in the community of Thiotte in the mountains of southeast Haiti. Dr. Roers said by the second day there she knew this would be more than a one-time trip for her. “It’s very gratifying to help people,” she said. “I think I get so much in return.” After five visits to Thiotte over the ensuing years, Dr. Roers said she felt it was time to see another part of Haiti. In 2017 she was part of a team which went to Ile-a-Vache, home to between 15,000 and 17,000 people. There are no cars or roads on the island, let alone any eye care. Dr. Roers’ team saw 150 patients in a day and a half and knew they would have to come back. Taking a “boat” to the island Ile-a-Vache is accessed by boat from the mainland, but Dr. Roers said with a laugh that the boat is little more than a “glorified canoe.” It is a five-hour car ride from the airport to get to the boat, then another 45 minutes in the boat to the island. In 2018 Dr. Roers and her team saw 400 patients in five days, making three trips to the island. She was back again for two weeks in January of this year and brought a surgical team with her. That team performed 54 eye surgeries during their stay. There is a small medical clinic on the island run by a foundation from New York. “We just take over the clinic pretty much,” Dr. Roers said. Ile-a-Vache residents go from village to village using a bullhorn to announce that the eye doctors have arrived. The doctors charge about 35 cents for a visit, with the money going back to the clinic. The average income of an Ile-a-Vache native is about $2 per day. The doctors and manufacturers of eye care equipment and supplies donate needed materials. Dr. Roers also is a member of the New Holstein Lions Club, and she said that club and a number of other area Lions clubs have been great supporters of her volunteer work in Haiti. Some equipment has been shipped to Haiti via the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse in New Holstein. “I couldn’t do it without my supporters,” she said, adding that the entire area has backed her efforts. She said she is willing to speak to local organizations about her experiences in Haiti. The Haitian people have all the same

eye-related issues as Americans do but without the access to eye care. As a matter of fact, Dr. Roers said about 20 percent of the Haitian people have glaucoma, a condition where the eye’s optic never is damaged by increased pressure in the eye. “You slowly lose your vision and you don’t know why,” Dr. Roers said, adding that some Haitian people with the condition believe they are suffering from a voodoo curse. Last September she was on Ile-a-Vache with a team from Ireland. They saw an 8-year-old boy who had cataracts and was essentially blind. The doctors were able to get him to the mainland to do surgery on him. When Dr. Roers returned in January she saw the boy again, and now he can see well because of what she called the “life changing” care. Dr. Roers has now formed a nonprofit organization known as International Vision so that any donations of equipment, supplies or money to the cause can be tax deductible. Her plan is to continue to serve Ile-a-Vache although she said she might someday expand her scope as requests are being received from other parts of Haiti. Her plan is to visit Haiti three or four times per year and eventually get an eye care clinic established on Ile-a-Vache which can run itself, perhaps with the help of doctors being trained at a school of optometry in the country’s capital of Port-au-Prince. Accepting new patients In the meantime, Dr. Roers continues to keep very busy seeing patients at New Holstein Family Eye Care, 1405 Milwaukee Dr. The New Holstein location is now open an extra day of the week and is welcoming new patients. Dr. Roers’ staff will assist new patients in getting their charts and records from previous doctors transferred to New Holstein Family Eye Care. Customers of the business can take advantage of a new program which offers a $100 rebate on a second pair of frames or lenses. As Dr. Roers pointed out, one pair of eyeglasses is not necessarily supposed to serve every purpose. Hunters, athletes, and other people involved in special pursuits may find a second pair of glasses to be beneficial. Other people may want a second pair just for style purposes.

New Holstein Family Eye Care also now has EyezenTM lenses available which provide an adaptive boost especially for looking at things up close—such as cellphones. There are different lenses recommended for different age ranges starting with late teens, but all of them work by helping to relax eye muscles. This is important because of eye strain/ fatigue and increased exposure to harmful blue light from the hours and hours people spend looking at devices up close. Dr. Roers also said the lenses should help with the growing number of people with myopia (nearsightedness), something she said she is even seeing in Haiti—and will help to treat on her next trip back.

Dr. Cheryl Roers gives a hug to her favorite Haitian patient.

Dr. Cheryl Roers conducts vision screening at an orphanage in Port au Prince with a “spot screener” borrowed from a local Lions club.

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NHEDC remains patient but vigilant In the realm of economic development in small communities these days, one word seems to come to the forefront— patience. It has probably been true for many years that things do not always happen quickly in economic development or in small communities, and that is especially true when those two meet. Members of the New Holstein Economic Development Corporation have learned that lesson over the years, yet they continue to remain vigilant and optimistic about attracting new businesses to the community and creating an atmosphere in which that can happen. Patience has definitely been learned by the NHEDC as it has worked for years now to assist the City of New Holstein in dealing with the former Tecumseh Products Company site. Jon Weir, the parttime executive director of the NHEDC, said the organization is currently only monitoring the Tecumseh project as the City of New Holstein’s Community Development Authority is leading the efforts. The NHEDC has been asked to provide marketing services for this project when needs arise and it has to this point created an informational handout used at trade shows and other events. The consultant hired by the city— Stantec—is currently working through the environmental issues, demolition estimates, and planning for grant applications, among other things. Weir said, “In addition to providing marketing help, the NHEDC also receives statewide requests for available sites. If there is a match for the Tecumseh (property) or any of our commu-

nity’s current available properties, we help respond to the request, many times working closely with Calumet County, specifically Mary Kohrell, community economic development director.” The NHEDC’s working partnership with Kohrell and Calumet County is fitting since the New Holstein organization helped lobby the county to fund that position when it was being considered. Kohrell is a regular attendee at NHEDC meetings—generally held the fourth Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m.— and Weir said she has been a great asset to New Holstein and the NHEDC. That is only one in a growing list of accomplishments of the NHEDC over the years. Others include: n participation in the First Impressions program in which people from other communities visited New Holstein and provided their first impressions, and New Holstein did the same for other communities; n coordination of a market study for New Holstein; n funding of the Stadtmueller master plan for redevelopment of the Tecumseh site with numerous hours spent developing that plan; n hosting an Entrepreneur Open House two years ago, with two buildings which were vacant at that time now filled; n coordination of the Vierbicher report which provided direction for the EDC and for economic development in the community; n assistance with retention visits for existing local businesses; n successful recruitment of a specific

A big piece of economic development in the City of New Holstein in the past year are the new apartment buildings—seen in the background of this photo— just completed to the north of New Holstein High School. As the City of New Holstein’s sign indicates, additional lots for development are available.

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Being an adult student or making the decision to enroll in college is not easy. If any current Moraine Park student knows that, it is Aurelio Rosas. Aurelio came to Wisconsin from Crystal City, Texas in 2013. As a divorced father of two, he was looking for an opportunity to provide a life for his children. “I worked as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in Texas,” he said. “I knew I wanted to further my education in healthcare, which is what brought me to Moraine Park.” He found a home with his brother Armando and enrolled at Moraine Park. He decided to pursue both the Medical Assistant and Medical Office Support technical degrees. “I came to Moraine Park Technical College because I could obtain an affordable education in a short amount of time,” Aurelio said. “Also, the hands-on learning and one-on-one interaction with the instructors was important to me.” Life settled into a routine pace for Aurelio until his brother tragically died of a drug overdose. As a result, Aurelio ended up homeless and living in his car. He briefly relocated to Milwaukee to live with his sister but could barely afford the gas to get to and from school. “It was a horrible time,” he said. “I wanted to give up, but I knew my children needed me to keep going.” That is when he connected with Karla Donohue, a counselor at Moraine Park. Together. They were able to find immediate solutions to help him get to class. “The college’s foundation has emergency funding set aside to help students in situations just like Aurelio’s,” Karla said. “Once I met with him, we were able to work together to ease his life stresses so he could focus on his education and future.” Moraine Park support services such as counseling are always free to students. “Connecting students to campus services helps to give students a sense of belonging, and they realize they aren’t alone,” Karla said. “I am impressed with Aurelio’s determination to overcome some major life barriers. He is a great example of strength.” The determination that Aurelio demonstrates in his personal life is also brought into the classroom and on campus. For this reason, he was named as the 2018’19 Moraine Park District Student Ambassador for the Wisconsin Technical College System. This role requires the student to actively serve as a member of student government, advocate for Moraine Park and the Wisconsin Technical College System as a whole, as-


continued from page 2B with prospective new business owners. Some communities rely on their municipal government for economic development, while others rely on their chambers of commerce. In New Holstein, all three organizations have their niche in the business arena. Municipal government is the only entity which can perform tasks like creating Tax Increment Districts. The New Holstein Chamber of Commerce is tasked with working to benefit existing businesses, leaving new business acquisition to the EDC. Like the Chamber of Commerce, the EDC is a volunteer organization and membership is open to everyone. Its current members include business owners, managers, employees, and retirees. Membership is open to anyone who wishes to support economic development in New Holstein. Weir said more members are needed and encouraged. An annual dues amount is charged. For more information check out www.nhedc.com or e-mail info@nhedc.com. Current officers are President Dan Schneider of Schneider & Schneider Construction, Vice President Diane Thorson of BMO Harris, Secretary Mark Sherry of Delta Publications, and Treasurer Mike Stutz, along with the NHEDC’s Board of Directors Bob Bosma, Steve Nothem, Ken Irwin, Sharon Thelen, and John Blattner.

sist with college activities and events, and represent the student body within the community. Aurelio’s tenure in this position will soon end, and his final assignment as the Moraine Park student ambassador is to serve as a student speaker at the 2019 commencement ceremony. “Aurelio is a great student and a deserving recipient of the Student Ambassador award,” Karla said. “Even more important, Aurelio is a great person. By nature, he is kind, compassionate, and relatable, which makes him a perfect fit for his selected career path.” Aurelio took advantage of career laddering opportunities at the college. He is a three-time Moraine Park graduate, and holds a Medical Billing Specialist certificate, technical diplomas in Medical Assistance and Medical Office Specialist, and is working toward his Turn to mptc/page 5B

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Right direction

Gloria Dei congregation still working to make Christ known By Mark Sherry It seems fitting that Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is located not far from a rural crossroads between New Holstein and Kiel. Just down the road from the church, a person comes to an intersection in which they can choose to go in any direction— north, south, east, or west. Such was the case for the Gloria Dei congregation in the last couple years. When their last full-time pastor left, members of the congregation had a decision to make and multiple options lay before them. The path they chose finds Gloria Dei Lutheran Church alive and prospering as a faithful ELCA Congregation, according to the Rev. David Kohls, Director of Ministry for the church located at N1230 Seven Corners Rd. just off STH 32/57.


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“Over the last year, Gloria Dei continues its mission of ‘Making Christ Known’ through their work in the community and national benevolence,” Kohls said. “The congregation has embraced a new reality of thinking more ‘outside the box,’ being more self-governing, and less pastor dependent, which means more people must be more involved in the decision making processes.” The Church Council has taken a stronger role in the life and times of Gloria Dei. The council seeks input from the congregation, as well as seeking input from the local Synod office. After weighing the options, appropriate decisions are made that continue making Gloria Dei a faithful ELCA congregation. The congregation probably could not Turn to GLORIA DEI/page 6B

continued from page 4B translations if need be. Overall, I just like caring for people, regardless of who they are, and I hope to continue to do so for years to come.” For more information on Moraine Park visit morainepark.edu.

The Rev. David Kohls, the Rev. Jim Liddle, and choir director Doug Everson (left to right) said they have watched the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church congregation make great strides in the past year. Mark Sherry photo

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Gloria Dei

have envisioned the help that came from other denominations, but that is the path God has provided and the congregation is grateful. The council and congregation affirmed The Rev. Jim Liddle as the intentional and regular supply pastor at Gloria Dei. The semi-retired pastor living in the Elkhart Lake area came to Gloria Dei in December by way of the United Church of Christ. The United Church of Christ is in full communion with the ELCA. The Rev. Kohls, meanwhile, has been a member of Gloria Dei for about three years and is actually an ordained clergy of the Independent Old Catholic Church. He said he basically serves as the congregation administrator at Gloria Dei and can preach but cannot preside over the Sacraments. Like the tiny mustard seed There was a time in the past couple years in which Gloria Dei only had a supply pastor once a month with four laypeople helping to lead worship services the other weeks. With the congregation guiding its own “smaller steps,” Kohls said, the situation improved early in 2018 and Gloria Dei could afford to bring in a supply pastor three to four times per month. He referenced the Biblical analogy of a tiny mustard seed growing into a large, blossoming plant for how Gloria Dei was able to hold a meeting last April to lay out all its options. As a whole, the congregation said it would like to seek a part-time shared pastor with 5 to 10 years

of experience, but until that happens it will remain on its current course. The Rev. Liddle currently preaches every Sunday at the 9 a.m. service and also an occasional Wednesday (7 p.m.) as Gloria Dei holds the midweek services year-round. Communion is served weekly, thanks to the presence of Rev. Liddle. In his part-time role, the Rev. Liddle visits members and provides considerable support for education and outreach in addition to leading worship services. In addition to his extensive background in the clergy, Liddle also brings some of his theatrical experience to the pulpit. He recently performed in a play in Manitowoc and uses humor as a key part of his sermons. “He loves to keep it humorous, when it’s appropriate,” Kohls said. “The kiddos enjoy his Children’s Chats, particularly when Pastor Jim occasionally uses one of his wind-up toys to illustrate his point.” While Liddle and Kohls are relatively new faces at Gloria Dei, a steadying in-

continued from page 5B fluence in the congregation has been organist and choir director Doug Everson. Despite having a small congregation, Everson keeps the choir going and brings an ever-present optimism to Gloria Dei, Kohls said. Everson has been a member at the church for 25 years. Gloria Dei is a very active congregation, serving the people of local communities in a number of ways. On the fourth Sunday of each month it collects food for a local food pantry. The annual Empty Bowls event it hosts also raises money for food pantries. A semi-annual highway clean-up service ministry also is performed. The summer Vacation Bible Camp is facilitated by the Education Committee and led by Crossways camp counselors— an ELCA-sponsored organization—and provides fun activities all day long for the youths who attend the camp. This year’s VBC program is planned for July 14-19 and is open to all. A brat fry and numerous bake sales

are hosted in the community, as is a women’s retreat the first weekend in December. Last Christmas a number of families in need were assisted with gifts and food, specifically because of the women’s retreat. The Not Yet Ready for Divine Time Players also calls Gloria Dei its home. This year’s dinner theater event is “Murder on the Rerun” by Fred Carmichael and is scheduled for May 3, 4, 10, and 11 at 6:30 p.m. and May 5 at 4 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling (920) 286-1367. The event sells out every year so call early. Kohls said he is excited about the growth and direction of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. “This congregation has really stepped forward to make things happen,” he said. “I’m very proud of the work they do. We are still an active congregation. This congregation continues to learn how to make steps of progress.”

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Zion Lutheran Church of New Holstein was officially incorporated in 1915. Zion has been served by 11 pastors during its 95-year history and blessed by God’s grace with dedicated members and staff. The congregation currently is being served by the Rev. Azor Cigelske. Worship services are currently at 7:45 and 10:15 a.m. Sundays. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, a single 9 a.m. service is held during the summer. A 7 p.m. Wednesday service is held year-round. Sunday School classes are offered for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. A high school Bible class and multiple adult Bible studies are offered 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. Vacation Bible School will be held 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. Zion’s identity is defined as a congregation that is: Rooted in Holy Scripture Growing by God’s Grace through Jesus Branching out to spread His Message to You

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Among the new faces at New Holstein Utilities are (from left) Brad Zank, water/ wastewater/water softener operator (primary water softener technician); Greg Skurupey, energy services representative; Doug Schneider, water/wastewater


supervisor (took over as supervisor when Don Lintner retired last fall); and (separate photo) Matt Gahan, water/wastewater operator.

Change a constant in utility industry

Randy Jaeckels, New Holstein Utilities’ general manager, recently began his 35th year in the electric utility industry. He has seen plenty of changes in the utility industry over those years. “I was asked after I took my first job, why utilities? The individual I was speaking to thought the industry was boring. After 35 years in the utilities industry, it has been far from boring.” Jaeckels states that there are plenty of changes and challenges in the industry. Changes in regulation and technology continuously provide challenges in managing processes. As a municipal (not-forprofit) utility, there is a strong emphasis for NHU to make sound financial de-

cisions while trying to keep rates for services as economical as possible. The utility also places a strong emphasis for their employees to provide excellence in customer service, which is essential for any business to be successful. In an effort to continue to improve its utilities’ infrastructures, New Holstein Utilities completed several upgrade projects in 2018. The Electric Department staff completed an upgrade of a portion of the three-phase electric distribution system on Hayton Road in the township of New Holstein. The utility also replaced an undersized water main, aging sanitary sewer main, and utilityowned service laterals on Monroe Street

between Randolph Avenue and Illinois Avenue. In late 2017, a water main leak was discovered near Jordan Creek just east of the intersection of Milwaukee Drive and Mason Street, so a new water main was installed in that area as well. A continued effort was made to replace some aging water softeners as well.

Mother nature provides challenges Despite continuing efforts to make improvements to the utility systems’ infrastructure, challenges from severe weather can take its toll on the systems. On Aug. 28, a severe wind storm swept through the NHU service territory causing extensive damage to the electric

distribution system. NHU’s crew plus personnel from four local municipally owned electric utilities spent 2½ days making repairs to the system and restoring electric service to customers; most services were back in service within 24 hours or less. The high winds on Feb. 24 also caused a major outage that left several hundred customers in the rural area without power. The staff had all power restored in 2½ hours. If you experience a power outage (or if you live in the city of New Holstein, a sanitary sewer back-up, or see a potential water main break—bubbling water in the Turn to NHU/page 8B

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NHU street), you should call the NHU office. During normal business hours, the NHU staff will take your information and dispatch staff to restore the electric service. After normal business hours, your call will be transferred to the Calumet County dispatch center, who will contact NHU on-call staff to restore power. Regarding power outages, customers are encouraged to check their electric panel to ensure no breaker operations occurred before calling NHU. New Holstein Utilities is on Facebook and is encouraging their customers to “like” them via Facebook. During storms that produce multiple electric outages, NHU is now using Facebook to communicate to customers the status of outages, including an estimated restoration timeline. The utility is also working closely with the Calumet County Emergency Management office on offering a new alert system to notify customers of major outages. Watch for more information on this project to be rolled out in the near future. Working closely with the WDNR On March 20, 2018, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reissued New Holstein’s permit to operate its wastewater treatment facility through March 31, 2023. In reissuing the permit, the WDNR informed NHU that under the next permit term—expected to be issued from 2023 to 2028—the utility will be required to achieve a final phosphorus discharge limit of .075 mg/L. After many years of working with changes at the treatment plant, NHU staff has been able to get the level consistently down to .3 mg/L. In order to achieve the required limit of .075 mg/L, it is likely that new process equipment will need to be installed. It is anticipated that the additional equipment will cost millions of dollars to install. Most communities in Wisconsin are facing the same issue of having to achieve the .075 mg/L discharge level. The WDNR has also requested NHU to conduct a Corrosion Control Treatment (CCT) study regarding lead and copper in its water distribution system,

continued from page 7B which includes customer-owned service lateral piping. While copper in the water distribution system is extremely low (and of no concern from a health perspective), there is some concern about lead in drinking water. Frequently, the higher lead levels in homes come from those with lead service laterals and lead piping inside of homes and businesses. You may receive a call from NHU this year to enter your property to verify the type of service lateral piping as NHU completes its data collection for the study. Rate adjustments for 2019 Despite efforts to control costs, New Holstein Utilities needed to raise its rates for some services in 2019. The costs for water service have been increased by 3 percent. The sanitary sewer rate rose by 4 percent; the first adjustment in three years. These increases are assisting in upgrading aging infrastructure and operational costs. The water softener rates went up by 5 percent; the last adjustment occurred in 2014. The adjustment will help with the rising costs of new softeners and completing maintenance on existing units. Electric costs to customers dropped in 2018 and will likely continue in 2019. With the passing of federal tax reform legislation in late 2017, electric costs for NHU customers declined in 2018. The tax reform lowered purchased power costs for WPPI Energy, NHU’s wholesale power supplier, and these cost savings were passed on to NHU’s customers. Overall, the average monthly credit on customers’ utility bills in 2018 was $.0104/kWh consumed or 8.8 percent. Staffing changes In October 2018, Don Lintner, water/ wastewater supervisor, retired after 30plus years of service with NHU. Doug Schneider, water/wastewater operator, was promoted to the supervisor position. Bradley Zank, water/wastewater operator, was the given the responsibility of running the water softener program for the utility. To fill the vacancy in the department, Matthew Gahan was hired. New Holstein Utilities also hired a

new energy services representative in 2018 when Frank Barth accepted a position to join Focus on Energy. In August 2018, Greg Skurupey was hired to replace Barth. Skurupey is a former New Holstein resident and graduate of New Holstein High School. He is responsible for managing NHU’s energy efficiency programs and marketing its programs and services. Programs and services information The utility is rolling out a new program in 2019 called “The Healthy Home Initiative.” The purpose of the initiative is to educate homeowners about environmental issues that pose a potential health hazard in homes. Some of these environmental issues include carbon monoxide, lead, radon, asbestos, and mold. NHU will offer brochures to educate customers on these hazards and how to mitigate the issues. There is no cost for the information. Call or stop by NHU if you are interested in this information. For homeowners looking to reduce energy use, NHU continues to encourage customers to visit their website to check out a variety of programs and services offered to better control their electric and water consumption. NHU also offers incentives toward the purchase of Energy Star® rated appliances including refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers and televisions. Incentives range from $15 to $25. Programs and services are also available for NHU’s business customers as well. Energy efficiency incentives are available through Focus on Energy and

New Holstein Utilities for the installation of energy efficient technologies. For customers who may not have the funds to invest in energy saving technologies, they may want to consider NHU’s Shared Savings Program. This program provides a loan from $2,000 to $50,000 for qualifying energy efficiency measures that offer a payback of five years or better. There is a 2 percent administrative fee to participate in the program which works to provide a positive cash flow on your monthly utility bill so your bill does not increase. For more information on the program, visit the NHU website or call the office. With the arrival of spring, now is a good time to start with the cleaning projects that were put off during the winter months. To help remove some of the unwanted products from your home, NHU has the first of two annual recycling program events for 2019 scheduled for Thursday, May 9. The event will be held at the New Holstein Utilities garage located at 1819 Park Ave. and will run from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Items accepted at the event include light bulbs, ballasts, batteries (no vehicle batteries), electronic equipment, televisions, room air-conditioners, dehumidifiers, and dorm-size refrigerators. There is a cost to dispose of some items; check www.nhutilities. org for details. Customers with questions or concerns about any of New Holstein Utilities’ programs or services can call the utility at 898-5776 or stop by the office located at the New Holstein City Hall anytime between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on any weekday.

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Helping patients at New Holstein Family Dental are (from left) Mary Beth Woods, Alysa Ubersox, Dr. Caitlin Bloomer DDS, Sandy Waack, Chris Sommers, Valerie Weidensee, Dr. Gregory Furdek DDS, Sherry Eiring, Kim Schneider, and Barb Winkler.

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Dental crowns and implant-supported dentures. Along with the addition of other technology, New Holstein Family Dental has upgraded its ability to do same-day crowns. That relatively common need of patients used to take days if not longer and involved dental clinics having to rely on labs located in other cities or states. Now the crowns are created in-house, helping patients get back to their lives much sooner. “I love the technology,” Dr. Furdek said. “I love that I can take ownership of the entire process. It’s really the way to go.” Implant-supported dentures He said he is even more excited about the impact new technology is having on implants and implant-supported dentures. “Those are life changing,” he said. “I like doing them.” An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants. An implantsupported denture is used when a person does not have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants, greatly improving the feeling of denture stability for the patient along with biting and chewing power compared to traditional dentures. Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there, although people can receive an implant-

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supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw. 3D dental X-rays allow dental professionals to see precisely where to put the implant for the best results. Even with new technology, the process of getting implant-supported dentures can still take nine months to a year and carries a significant expense with it, although Dr. Furdek pointed out that New Holstein Family Dental tends to charge about half of what a person might find in a big-city dental clinic. “We’re not looking to gouge people,” he said. Helping their patients The staff at New Holstein Family Dental will file claims to any insurance company, even if the clinic is not considered to be in-network for the patient as the benefits are often the same. Dr. Furdek said dental insurance works a little different than health insurance, and that his staff will clarify all the issues with the patient before the procedures are done. New Holstein Family Dental also will pursue insurance companies to get claims paid. “I make it a personal point to fight them for our patients,” Dr. Furdek said. It is all part of the clinic’s goal of doing all it can to help improve dental health in local communities. To that end, Dr. Furdek said he is concerned about a trend dental professionals are seeing of higher pediatric decay rates. He said multiple factors are likely to blame for that, one of which is communities without enough flouride in their water. Another trend Dr. Furdek said he is seeing is the use of non-metal-based fillings and other procedures in the mouth,

instead using more materials such as porcelain. “I feel the technology of these new materials is better,” he said. “We use very biocompatible materials, more so than other clinics.” Helping to bring new ideas to New Holstein Family Dental in the past year is Dr. Caitlin Bloomer, a 2010 graduate of Chilton High School. The daughter of Tom and Cathy Bloomer of Chilton has been seeing patients in both the New Holstein and Kiel clinics since graduating with honors in the Doctor of Dental Surgery program at Milwaukee’s Marquette University after receiving her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “She’s doing everything right,” Dr. Furdek said of his new dentist. “She is so concerned about her patients’ health and giving them the best treatment. She really cares about those people.” Dr. Bloomer is in the process of being certified to place Botox for cosmetic

reasons and medical reasons. Dr. Furdek said, “The knowledge of facial muscles and nerves that we learn in dental school will be paired with the Botox techniques. She will be starting to place it later in the year after classes.” Dr. Bloomer also has helped with the complete update of the Kiel office over the past year, including interior decorating and an updating of all the hand equipment used by dental professionals there. 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. Dr. Furdek said Dr. Bloomer exemplifies what he sees from all his employees. “The entire staff at both clinics care for our patients, their whole health, and their oral health,” he said. “It’s not just a customer walking through the door—they want what’s best for you.”

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Change of seasons at local specialty shop By Mark Sherry Just as Seasons by Design helps people beautify their homes from season to season, owner Jillayne Bertram is seeing a changing of the seasons in her longtime specialty store business. While Bertram said she sees her Chilton store continuing to get even bigger and better, she has made the difficult decision to help New Holstein’s Honeymoon Acres expand by selling her New Holstein outlet store to the adjacent greenhouse business. A store liquidation sale in New Holstein will begin on Thursday, May 2 and run until mid-June with discounts of 75 to 90 percent offered immediately on all Seasons by Design items in that store. In addition to Seasons by Design items including home decor, garden, and ladies fashion boutique, a large number of antiques acquired at estate sales will be for sale, priced as marked. Those items include old tools, furniture, and even church pipe organs and pews. All the fixtures in the New Holstein store—including the interesting furniture pieces, hutches, etc. which were used in displays—will be for sale as well. Store grew in New Holstein While Bertram started Seasons by Design at a different location in Chilton, it really took hold and grew when she moved to New Holstein. Even though the New Holstein store was always challenged by its location—tucked behind the large building which had been occupied by Gruett’s and is now owned by Honeymoon Acres—people found their way to Seasons by Design and were amazed at what they discovered.

Jillayne Bertram sits in a section of her Seasons by Design specialty store in Chilton.

“That’s where the bulk of my business started and where I made a lot of friends,” Bertram said, adding that she still employs several New Holstein women at her Chilton store. As difficult as the New Holstein decision has been, Bertram said there are positives to the change as well including

her ability to now focus on one location. “I’m only five minutes away,” she said for the benefit of her New Holstein area customers, thanking them for their patronage over the years. She also pointed out that gift cards do not expire and all gift cards will be honored at the Chilton store.

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Seasons ture. “I spend a lot of time looking for unique items,” Bertram said. With her many years in the business, Bertram has a masterful eye for what people in northeastern Wisconsin like and want when it comes to decorating their homes, giving gifts, or just treating themselves. Some of the items sold at Seasons by Design help other people at the same time. Bridgewater Candles, for example, feeds a child in need three times a day for every candle purchased. A portion of the proceeds from another product line sold at Seasons by Design goes to support an organization which helps animals. Bertram said she likes to sell items which are made in the U.S. or, better yet, in Wisconsin and even more locally. Raw and pure honey made and packaged in Elkhart Lake is just one example of something shoppers will find on the shelves of Seasons by Design. Items which focus on Wisconsin and the communities of this area are big hits in the store. There are sections which offer items featuring Wisconsin’s professional and major college sports teams. How about a coffee mug which proclaims, “Real Housewives of Calumet County?” Another shelf holds a decorative item which says, “This home backs the Huskies.” Bertram said her vendors have gotten much better in their ability and willingness to provide personalized items to her in much lower quantities, making it possible for her to fulfill customer wishes for items which feature any local community and area lakes such as Lake Winnebago, Elkhart Lake, etc. Bertram said her memorial section continues to do very well, as do her

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garden items, seasonal (Christmas, fall, Easter, etc.), and her specialty items for life events such as baptisms, first communions, etc. Over the years Seasons by Design has used the slogan, “Something for every reason and every season,” and that remains true today. All-natural bath and body product selections have grown at Seasons by Design, whether people are giving them as a gift or pampering themselves. Belladonna’s Bath Bombs and Shower Bursts will bring an array of pleasant fragrances to a home. Essential oils also are for sale at Seasons by Design with a doTerra open house held once a month complete with a free gift. Bertram added that there is a strong emphasis these days on offering environmentally friendly products. A large area at the rear of Seasons by Design comprises Jillayne’s Boutique, a full-service boutique offering a wide variety of clothing and accessories. Bertram said she has gotten much better at knowing what her customers are looking for in the way of boutique items and she is making sure those items are available. Some customers might not realize there is a dressing room available to try on anything from the boutique. And it is not just about women at Seasons by Design as men can find plenty to interest them in the store, including a full line of Duke Cannon soaps and other products. A portion of those sales are returned to U.S. Armed Forces veterans.

Cocktail-themed accessories is another section of interest to both genders. Swedish towels are another item added at Seasons by Design in the past six months, and Bertram said she has en-

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Willowdale focus remains on residents philosophy has always been ‘you do what’s right for the patient.’” She said she understands that businesses today—even health care facilities—look to be as lean and efficient as possible but Willowdale will not sacrifice doing its best for the patient, she added. Willowdale Therapy is certainly another one of the strengths of the facility located at 1610 Hoover St. Formerly called Progressive Step, Willowdale Therapy is owned by a different company than the one which owns Willowdale but the two are connected by a hallway—and, more importantly, by decades of working hand-in-hand. Voelker said she has a fantastic team working with her at Willowdale Therapy. “It’s just like any athletic team,” she said. “If you don’t have the right chemistry, you don’t succeed.” Physical Therapist Colleen Mazza has been working at the therapy facility for 25 years. Sue Vollmer is trained to help people with urinary incontinence and has had great success doing so, Voelker said. Gineen Magiera is the new speech therapist at Willowdale Therapy, joining the team which also includes Sara Conrad, COTA; Amber Schmidt, PTA; and Paula Heller, DPT.

By Mark Sherry In an age when the health care industry—including skilled nursing centers— is facing a myriad of changes and challenges, Willowdale Health Services of New Holstein continues to focus simply on providing the best care possible for its residents. While it would be easy to get caught up worrying about coming changes in the Medicare system, fewer “Baby Boomers” than expected needing skilled care, challenges in working with insurers, misconceptions on paying for skilled nursing care, and the same struggles all industries face in finding employees, the experienced staff at Willowdale focuses on just one thing—taking good care of their residents. “We’re the little building with a big heart,” said Social Services Director Naomi Heus, borrowing a phrase which has been used in the past at Willowdale. “We’re small enough that all the staff know all the residents.” Market Liaison Wendy Jacobs added, “There’s just a lot of good things going for us.” One of those good things is the smalltown location of Willowdale. Heus, Jacobs, and Willowdale Therapy Director Melissa Voelker all agree that there is a higher standard of care when employees who were born and raised in the community are taking care of residents who also were born and raised in the area. Employees such as Voelker (24 years) and Heus (18 years) are now providing care for their second generation of family members at Willowdale. “This is my hometown and there isn’t anyone I don’t know,” Voelker said. “Our

Therapy area to be remodeled By the end of this year that staff hopes to be working in a completely remodeled area, including some new equipment. The fresh look will be welcome by not just Willowdale Therapy employees and Willowdale residents, but also all the outpatients who make use of Willowdale Therapy’s services.

Wendy Jacobs, Naomi Heus, and Melissa Voelker (left to right) are just a few of the staff members at Willowdale Health Services in New Holstein who are natives and/or longtime residents of the area providing care to friends, neighbors, and other people they know who are short-term or long-term residents at Willowdale. Mark Sherry photo

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Altona offers consistently high quality By Mark Sherry Consistency is a good thing—assuming, of course, that it is something of high quality, performance, and/or value. Such is the case at New Holstein’s Altona Supper Club, which continues to offer consistently great food at a reasonable cost. Owners Jason Hunsader and Dave Braun have now added further to the consistency of the Altona by offering buffets every night of the week. There was a time not long ago that the supper club did not have buffets on Monday through Wednesday evenings, but that is no longer the case. The Altona’s popular buffet is now available seven days a week, including the separate and extensive soup and salad bar. Daily lunch buffets are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with weeknight dinner buffets from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Its specialty buffets are its Friday seafood buffet and its Saturday prime rib buffet, both from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Broad buffet selection In addition to all-you-can-eat tasty food at a reasonable cost, another thing which makes the Altona’s buffets so popular is their broad selection. Hunsader—one of two primary cooks at the Altona—said they make sure they offer five primary meat/fish entrees on every buffet, not to mention potato and vegetable options. Chicken, shrimp, pork chops, and the Altona’s famous ribs—covered in a sweet barbecue sauce—are standards on the buffet, and then the cooks like to rotate one other meat or fish into the selection. “The more consistent you are, the better,” Hunsader said. The fact that the Altona Supper Club is open seven days per week is another benefit of consistency for diners. While many supper clubs and restaurants take a day off during the week, customers of the Altona Supper Club know one of their favorite spots is open seven days per week and most holidays. Lunch is served starting at 11 a.m. every day except Saturdays when the Altona opens at 4 p.m. Its extremely popular Sunday brunch starts at 9:30 a.m., but the supper club remains open on Sundays until 8:30 p.m. It also is noteworthy that the Altona is open every holiday except Christmas Eve. A big reason why the Altona Supper Club has been able to further expand its offerings to the dining public is the addition of full-time employees Ryan Kramp and Nick Hanson. Kramp has worked for the Altona for four or five years but is now full time, taking a lead

Full-time employees Nick Hanson (left) and Ryan Kramp (second from right) are helping Altona Supper Club co-owners Dave Braun (second from left) and Jason Hunsader continue to expand their services. Mark Sherry photo

position as both a waiter and bartender. Hanson provides the second half of the head cooking team along with Hunsader. Between Braun, Hunsader, Kramp, and Hanson, at least two of the four are on site whenever the Altona is open to make sure things are running smoothly. There are a lot of other members of the team who help the Altona Supper Club offer consistently good food and service. The owners said they are fortunate to not be too challenged by the worker shortage experienced by many businesses. “We have a good base,” Hunsader said, adding that some of their employees have been with them from the day they took over operations on May 1, 2007. Handling all sorts of functions In addition to consistency, another word which helps the Altona excel is flexibility. From the single diner who comes in to eat there or get a takeout meal, to hosting weddings and other functions of 300 or more people, to catering off-site functions for 20 to 500 people, or serving as many as 1,300 people on a major holiday, the Altona can and has done it. The clean, well decorated facility also has long been a central meeting location for groups and organizations from near and far. Other than Sunday brunch it is not open to the public for breakfast, but

early on one recent weekday morning there were two meetings taking place— a regional meeting for a major national retailer, and an insurance company meeting. Community meetings and presentations, funeral dinners, bridal showers, and so much more are regularly hosted at the Altona Supper Club. With their added full-time staff, Braun and Hunsader said they hope to expand their catering services. They have customized food service for events—many of them outdoors—from Manitowoc to Sheboygan and Fond du Lac to Appleton and all points in between. “We have a foot in every door,” Hunsader said. A new door opening for the Altona will be construction of an outdoor pavilion off the East Room. This basically will offer a roof and the ability to put up tent sides to further expand the type

residents for rides around the community once warmer weather arrives. Megan Dennison is the executive director of the center owned by North Shore Healthcare, which owns approximately 50 centers primarily in Wisconsin but also in Minnesota and North Dakota. North Shore Healthcare’s corporate offices are located in the Milwaukee suburb of Glendale. Focusing on needs of residents North Shore Healthcare’s website states, “We pride ourselves on being the cornerstone of healthcare in the communities we serve. We focus on your needs and preferences, from the time

Again, that “way” is offering good, plentiful food at a reasonable price. The tens of thousands of people who dine there each year are proof enough that the Altona Supper Club is consistently doing things the right way.

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Willowdale As the acuity level of care required by residents at nursing centers such as Willowdale continues to increase, the nursing staff at Willowdale also continually keeps up on training to provide that care. As an example, Willowdale’s nurses recently went through oxygen and IV training. Kristine Kopp is the director of nursing at Willowdale Health Services and brings many years of nursing experience to the approximately 40-bed center. Samantha Platz is the activities director at Willowdale, providing weekly and special events and services for residents. One of those special offerings is the trishaw bicycle which will be taking

and size of functions and the venues at the Altona three seasons per year. Braun and Hunsader said they hope to have that pavilion constructed this summer. Like most things in life, it is impossible to please all the people all the time, and nothing is perfect. Braun and Hunsader said they welcome constructive comments and they have made changes in the past based on those comments. They said they do not try to be like other supper clubs. “We do well because we do things differently, we do things our way,” Braun said. Hunsader added, “I think we have a niche in the way we do things.”

continued from page 13B you inquire about one of our centers through your entire healthcare journey. In our skilled nursing centers we offer 24/7 admissions and have the clinical capabilities to accept and treat varying diagnoses. Our approach is to ensure your clinical care, dietary services, social activities, and rehabilitation are delivered with compassion.” That compassion extends to the sometimes difficult discussions of paying for skilled nursing care. “Naomi does a great job helping with those things,” Voelker said. While everyone knows skilled care can be expensive, Heus knows all the options for making sure the focus stays on getting people the care they need. She

encourages people to stop in or call her at Willowdale if they have any questions about the financial aspects of skilled nursing care. While people are doing a better job of taking care of themselves in their later years, statistics show that 57 percent of the population still will need the services of a care facility at some point in their lives. With many of Willowdale’s staff members being very active in community organizations, referrals often come from someone knowing someone. It is one of the benefits of being in a small community, and those benefits are felt by the residents of Willowdale Health Services.

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Brack’s agency touts customer service By Mike Mathes The main objective for American Family Insurance Agent Cheryl Brack and her team is simple—help people. “Customer service is our more important objective. We do everything we can to help people. We make ourselves available to our customers as much as possible,” she said. “That’s our biggest thing.” Brack and her team manage a pair of American Family Insurance offices in Kiel and New Holstein. This year marks her 10th year in the business, working the entire time for American Family Insurance. “Technically, I am an independent contractor, but we deal strictly in American Family lines, unless for some reason they don’t have a product to match a customer’s need,” Brack said. Cheryl Brack first opened her agency in the 300 block of Fremont Street back in 2009. In August 2016, the office was moved when Brack opened her current location at 617 Fremont Street. In 2018, the agency took another giant step forward taking over the New Holstein American Family Insurance operation. “We have been operating out of the two locations since that time, with two fully licensed staff members at each location in addition to me,” Brack said. Being fully licensed means the staff members can handle any issues connected to American Family Insurance, putting coverage in force. Staff members include Gina Voland, who has been with Brack since the agency’s beginning. Other full time team members include Wendy Mertens, Elizabeth Loose, and Brack’s own son,

American Family Insurance is served by agencies in Kiel and New Holstein. Members of the American Family team locally include Austin Brack, Cheryl Brack, Elizabeth Loose, Wendy Mertens, Gina Voland and Harmony Wusterbarth.

Austin. Harmony Wusterbarth is a parttime staff member. “Our commitment to this community and the area shows we are in this for the long haul,” Brack said. Wide range of coverage Because of her affiliation with American Family Insurance the Cheryl Brack agency is able to work with a wide range

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Brack coverage, comprehensive, collision, underinsured, uninsured, rental coverage, emergency road service and plans for fleet coverage for businesses; Homeowners - coverage for dwellings, structures, personal property, sewer and sump pump backups, identity fraud, along with a whole series of riders that can be tailored to specific needs such as firearms, fine arts, collectibles and jewelry; Farm - coverage for buildings, animals, machinery, collapsed roof from weight, device or snow, equipment; Discounts through technology Brack and her team are excited about the new options to reduce premiums for clients through the use of technology. KnowYourDrive is a phone-app based program that monitors your driving, much the way a fit bit might observe your exercise habits. The application can be downloaded at no cost, along with an immediate 5 percent premium discount. Depending on how you drive during your evaluation periods, you could receive up to 20 percent in discounts.

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American Family takes on park naming rights American Family Insurance has recently announced its intentions to take on the naming rights to the Milwaukee Brewers home stadium, known currently as Miller Park. American Family offers this explanation to is policy holders and clients to a question that has been raised. Q How does investing in baseball impact our bottom line? A Over the course of this partnership, the Brewers’ Milwaukee stadium will be visited millions of times and receive extensive national TV exposure. American Family Fields will be used not only by local fans, but by baseball enthusiasts from across the country, providing additional brand recognition for our company. Such efforts are particularly important as American Family’s advertising budget is a mere fraction of what our competitors spend. Rather than flooding the air waves with commercials, we pursue creative and authentic opportunities that cost-effectively promote American Family. We also strive to combine our marketing efforts with components that help the community.

You can view your own driving score and figure out how to improve on your next evaluation period. You can talk to any of the staff members at the offices of Cheryl Brack to get more information about KnowYourDrive Smart Home Technology American Family Insurance offers a proactive home protection discount for homeowners that install and activate a

State officials warn about cross-selling

Cross-selling in the financial services industry is a sales technique used to persuade an existing customer to purchase securities or other products that may or may not be related to their initial business or purchase. Some financial services companies use cross-selling to inform customers of products and programs available to them to benefit both seller and buyer. Cross-selling can simply involve an exchange of information on potential opportunities, but at its worst this sales technique can take advantage of loyal customers. “Offering additional products should be based on the customer’s need and the offer of a good value proposition from a trusted source,” Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) Secretary-designee Kathy Blumenfeld said. “Investors need to check to ensure the additional sales are transparent and are truly needed, value-added products.” To help Wisconsin citizens who invest, Wisconsin DFI shared an investor awareness advisory to provide information to help investors better understand cross-selling. The advisory discusses the red flags to detect a cross-selling scheme and the steps investors can take to protect themselves. The full advisory is available on the agency’s website.

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n other sensors available to monitor for gas leaks or high energy usage. American Family Insurance also continues to offer the Teen Safe Driver program. A smart phone app is used to help teach teens smart driving habits. Teens are scored on their habits, and have an opportunity to work toward improvement. TrueMotion Family app users have been shown to be almost 4 times safer than typical drivers. Successfully implementing the use of this app for teens is also rewarded by American Family Insurance with premium reductions.

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NH clinic helping Parkinson’s patients By Mark Sherry Back-in-Action Rehabilitation continues to extend the reach of its services to specific segments of the population. From people with Parkinson’s Disease to middle school age youths learning to deal with pain, the therapists at Back-in-Action—with locations in New Holstein, Fond du Lac, Kewaskum, and Mayville—are bringing new programs to their already wide array of therapy services. John Olson, co-owner of Back-inAction and a practicing physical therapist since 1986, said one of those new programs is LSVT BIG. Back-in-Action is now certified to bring this researchbased exercise approach to people with Parkinson’s Disease. LSVT BIG has been developed from the principles of the effective Parkinson’s-specific speech treatment LSVT LOUD. The LSVT programs have been developed and scientifically researched over the past 20 years from funding from the National Institutes of Health. Improvements seen Research on LSVT BIG has documented improvements in motor functions for people with Parkinson’s following treatment. Improvements include faster walking with bigger steps, improved balance, and increased trunk rotation. LSVT BIG treatment consists of 16 one-hour sessions—four consecutive days over four weeks. Daily homework practice and exercises also are given. That is where the therapists of Backin-Action enter the picture, providing

the type of personalized care which is not always common in health care today. Olson said, “I am as energized about physical therapy and what we can do for changing someone’s life as I have ever been. Back-in-Action is the perfect place to make that happen. The staff at Back-in-Action completely embraces the recovery process for the patient and prides itself on changing lives.” Olson said LSVT BIG can have a positive impact on Parkinson’s patients no matter the severity or stage of their disease, although research indicates the earlier the program is started the better. People should not wait until they begin to experience disability, impaired function or loss of balance to start exercise-based physical and occupational therapy. Olson pointed out that Parkinson’s Disease often is not diagnosed for some time after symptoms start. Reaching middle schoolers A different segment of the population which Back-in-Action also is aiming to help is middle school students. As part of an initiative by the International Spine and Pain Institute (ISPI), Back-inAction’s Eric Rebne, PT, DPT, is traveling to several area middle schools to educate students about advances in Pain Neuroscience Education, or “how pain works.” Besides increasing students’ knowledge of pain, research has shown that the lecture can create a positive shift in pain beliefs in middle school students. Olson said the intent of the program is to impact generations when it comes to Turn to REHAB/page 18B

Physical Therapy Assistant Terri Endres has joined Physical Therapist John Olson at the New Holstein Back-in-Action Rehabilitation clinic. Mark Sherry photo

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Rehab what he called “the pain epidemic.” According to pain neuroscientist and ISPI founder Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD, this research-based class “may ultimately influence the curriculum of health and/ or science classes for school kids across the country, hopefully laying down a healthier foundation for how pain is perceived and treated as young people grow into adulthood. In the same way Mothers Against Drunk Driving infiltrated our schools over the past three decades and resulted in our kids’ improved responsibility surrounding drinking and driving, our hope is that educating kids about pain will have a similar influence on future generations.” Olson said, “We feel like educating on pain early in our lives is important in how we manage pain later in our lives.... We aren’t born with a pain center in our brains.” Olson added that an underlying but very important aspect of Back-inAction’s pain program is to reduce the dependence on pills—especially opioids—for reducing pain. Wide range of services In addition to those new programs, Back-in-Action continues to offer its wide range of services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, hand therapy, treatment of work-related injuries, treatment of spinal and extremity injuries, TMJ sport performance enhancement, joint pain, chronic pain, pre and post operative conditions, auto accidents,

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sports injuries, neck and shoulder pain, and muscle strains. The therapy staff at Back-in-Action has worked with the entire spectrum of ages and conditions. One of those therapists is Terri Endres, PTA, who joined Back-in-Action in mid-January and primarily works at the New Holstein office. Physical therapy is a second career for Endres after she worked for almost 30 years as a sign language interpreter. In that career she often worked with physical therapists. She said seeing how therapists help people get function back and improve the quality of their lives helped encourage her to make a career change. From shoulders to hips to knees and everywhere else on the body, Back-inAction therapists see all types of ailments and work to encourage preventative measures. Endres said, “Proper body mechanics is really important. That can help prevent some of the problems.” Those mechanics include lifting items close to the body, rolling to one’s side before getting out of bed, and turning one’s feet instead of twisting. Olson said Endres has been doing great work in her short time at Back-inAction, and Endres said she enjoys learning from someone with a lot of experience in the field. “He’s very skilled and he has a great rapport with the patients,” Endres said of Olson. As for the clinic itself, she added, “It feels very family friendly.” Olson added, “I feel like we deliver a really good product. I still love what I do.”

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National Exchange banks on being local Banking does not get any more “local, friendly, and familiar” than it does at National Exchange Bank & Trust. With offices throughout eastern Wisconsin including Marytown, Mount Calvary, Chilton, and Elkhart Lake, National Exchange Bank has been serving generations of area families. “Our customers like banking with us,” said Doris Shell, a personal banker at National Exchange’s Marytown office. “They know us and remember coming here when they were young. We are local, friendly, and familiar.” Joining Shell in serving customers at the Marytown office are personal bankers Chris Lefeber and Kerri Brantmeier. They said they realize the public has multiple banking options but believe National Exchange Bank understands what it means to serve the small communities in which its offices are located. “We are a family-owned, Wisconsinbased bank with a unique position in the market to offer our customers innovative and convenient banking products, and local, friendly, familiar customer service,” Shell said. National Exchange Bank & Trust has been through some significant changes in the past year, including the acquisition of the Wisconsin Bank & Trust offices in Chilton and Elkhart Lake. Shell added, “We look forward to more new convenience products being released later this year as well.” Based in Fond du Lac, National Exchange Bank & Trust has offices in multiple small communities yet all its customers continue to get the best in products and services. “With National Exchange Bank & Trust, you don’t have to sacrifice service for innovative banking,” Shell said. “We are a community bank with all the products of a big bank and none of the hassle—24-hour ATMs,

free online and mobile banking with mobile deposits, a personal financial management tool online and in the mobile app, locally serviced home loans, online loan applications, private banking, customized business loans and business banking solutions, trust and wealth management services, and full-service deposit products.” National Exchange Bank’s website summarizes its approach by saying it is an “independent bank with big bank abilities.” National Exchange Bank has been a pillar of stability in the Fond du Lac community since it first opened its doors on Dec. 20, 1933 at 104 S. Main St. Because of expansion and development, the corporate offices of National Exchange Bank are now centered around 130 S. Main St. and known as National Exchange Bank & Trust. The Trust Department opened in 1975 to better serve the expanded financial needs of the area. Mount Calvary becomes the first branch of National Exchange Bank & Trust after Mount Calvary State Bank was purchased in 1989. Marytown became part of National Exchange in 1994. National Exchange Bank & Trust’s mission is to: n provide high-value, competitive financial products and services to customers as an independent bank focused on growth; n build strong customer relationships through genuine and committed employees; n conduct business in a responsible and profitable manner; n give back to the communities it serves with financial support and through the talents of its employees; n instill confidence and trust with customers, employees, and shareholders by performing activities with integrity and fairness.

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What are the ingredients for a great community? There are a lot of answers to that question, but without a doubt some of the key items on the ingredient list are a spirit of volunteerism and great volunteer organizations. New Holstein definitely has that covered. While there are many organizations in the community—from veterans groups to churches to school volunteers and more—certainly the traditional service clubs of the New Holstein Kiwanis, New Holstein Lions, and New Holstein Optimists do their part to make New Holstein a better place. Rather than competing with one another, those clubs recognize that they are all working toward the same cause. In recent years the spirit of cooperation has grown even more, with those various service clubs working together on activities or holding meetings together to talk about ways to work together even more. This article and the accompanying advertisement, for example, was born out of an idea by a Kiwanis Club member who reached out to the other two organizations to share the cost and efforts to promote their clubs. All three share things in common, including the desire and need to have more members. All three clubs have a mix of older and younger members, but more young members are needed to carry on the traditions of these service clubs for generations to come. Please look for contact information in this article and/ or the ad about each of the three service clubs and consider joining one to keep their traditons of service going. Here is a little about each organization: New Holstein Kiwanis Club Kids are curious, lovable, and hilarious. They are also wild, impatient, and vulnerable. Kiwanis is looking out for kids in every corner of the globe with more than 550,000 volunteers who serve their communities through local clubs. Kiwanis focus on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed, and thrive, great things happen. Kiwanis is home to the largest youth service program in the world and New Holstein’s Kiwanis Club is one of these clubs. The New Holstein Kiwanis Club was established in April 1954. The club meets the first and third Monday of every month at 6:15 p.m. at the Altona Supper Club. The club sponsors K-Kids, Key Club, and Aktion Club within Kiwanis. K-Kids is active at Divine Savior. It is the largest service organization for elementary school students. The first KKids was chartered in 2000. K-Kids is a student-led community service organization that operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body. In K-Kids clubs, children are learning leadership through service. They are taking on the responsibility of running a K-Kids club as they plan and participate in community service projects. In big and small ways, they are chang-

ing the world around them. But the most significant change happens in the kids themselves. Another club the New Holstein Kiwanis sponsor is the Key Club at Valders High School. Today’s teens are tomorrow’s leaders. Through Key Leader, teens are given their first taste of leadership—and of Kiwanis values. These values are put into action as students learn what service leadership is all about, giving of themselves and helping others achieve success. All events are open to students ages 14 to 18—those who are already student leaders as well as emerging leaders. The New Holstein Kiwanis Club also co-sponsors the Aktion Club in Chilton with the Chilton and Kiel Kiwanis clubs. The Aktion Club is the only service club for adults with disabilities. Aktion Club draw members from various organizations that support individuals with disabilities, as well as other community programs. A Kiwanis club—composed of like-minded, service-oriented people from the community—serves as the club’s sponsor. Over the years the New Holstein Kiwanis Club has been involved in several community service projects and support within the city of New Holstein. Some of those projects and support include Kiwanis Park, Kiwanis Park shelter, Kiwanis Community Center, the Aquatic Center, Hipke Woods Nature Center, high school scholarships, support of Badger Boys and Girls, Boy Scouts, the Kiwanis Youth Leadership Seminar, Community Chest, New Holstein Fire Department, New Holstein First Responders, New Holstein Library Summer program, New Holstein/Kiel Police Department Cadets, New Holstein Police Department Bike Rodeo, movie in the park, school supply drive, and highway clean-up. Some of its fundraising efforts include brat fries, the annual nut and candy sale, Cowtown Craft Fest/pancake breakfast, Airport Day, Fly-In & Drive-In pancake breakfast, and Bauer Community Theatre. Without the support of these fundraising efforts, the club would not be able to support the programs and projects noted above. If interested in knowing more about the club or wanting to become a Kiwanian, contact Paula Pethan at (920) 2861806. They also can be followed on Facebook (New-Holstein-WI-Kiwanis-Club). New Holstein Lions Club “We Serve.” Those two simple words have been the motto of Lions clubs around the world—including in New Holstein—for many decades and aptly describe what Lions do. Lions got their start in 1917 and continue to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace, and promote international understanding throughout the world. Having recently celebrated the 100th year of Lions International, next year the New Holstein Lions Club will be celebrating their 50th anniversary. In the past and still today, the city of New Holstein has been blessed to have a large and active Lions Club. Membership has continually grown, getting a younger and more diverse group over the years. Potential new members can contact

Current officers of the New Holstein Kiwanis Club are President Brian Reedy, Past President Grace Flora, Secretary Paula Pethan, Treasurer Diane Thorson, and board members Ed Shell, Melvin Jacobson, Dianne Reese, Ken Irwin, Cheri Reedy, Bob Feyen, and Dan Nett.

Officers of the New Holstein Lions Club are (from left) Vice President Jason Dyer, President Jeremy Schreiner, Secretary Bill Heus, and Treasurer Dave Braun.

Among the board members of the New Holstein Optimist Club are (from left) Phil Kubichka, Faye Wollersheim, President Roger Philippi, Vice President Mark Sherry, Secretary-Treasurer Sue Philippi, and Samantha Platz.

any current member or attend the meetings that are the first and third Thursday of each month starting at 7 p.m. at the Altona Supper Club. Jason Dyer is one of those club members. He said, “We are an active club that loves giving back to the community. If we didn’t have our community, we would not have a club and we thank everyone for their support.” Events of the New Holstein Lions Club include: n Breakfast with Santa (at the Chamber’s Country Christmas) n Annual Brat Fry with the Kiwanis Club (this year it is May 4 at Honeymoon Acres; proceeds for this event will go toward the flowers along the main street to help out the City of New Holstein) n Annual Golf Outing at Hickory

Hills n Annual Big Bucks Raffle (largest fundraiser and is open to public) n Fall Cash Raffle (half the proceeds go to a club or a need in town) n Annual Rose Sale n Breakfast at Airport Days With funds raised at events such as these, donations go to the following: n New Holstein Fire Department n New Holstein First Responders n New Holstein Police Department n local sports clubs/teams n lion fountain in park n play equipment in Lions Park n maintain park n help children in need of eye exams and glasses in the area who cannot afTurn to service/page 21B

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Service ford them n help with mission trips n high school scholarships n Cerebral Palsy Telethon n basketball hoops in Kiwanis Park n handicap swing at Elementary School The New Holstein Lions Club—which is a member of the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce—also can be followed on Facebook for additional information. New Holstein Optimist Club Of the three clubs the New Holstein Optimist Club is the “newest,” yet it has been serving New Holstein since 1988 and continues to have two active charter members—Roger Philippi and Mark Sherry. Philippi is currently the president of the club, Sherry is the vice president, and Roger’s wife Sue is the secretary/treasurer, but a number of other longtime Optimist members continue to serve their community along with some younger newcomers in recent years. The Optimist Club also is currently the smallest of the three clubs but has done a number of big things over the past three decades, including leading the construction of the building in which it meets— “The Chalet” at Optimist Park, also known as the Honeymoon Hill sled hill. Many years ago the Optimist Club approached the newly formed construction class at New Holstein High School and worked with the club to construct the building, largely through private donations acquired by the Optimists. The arrangement was very fitting as the motto of Optimist clubs throughout the

world has always been “Friend of Youth.” Optimist Park and The Chalet are owned by the City of New Holstein and anyone can rent their use, but Optimist Club members said they take pride in the park and hope to continue to develop it over the years. To that end, an Optimist committee has been formed to try to get a unique playground constructed at the park. The playground would be fenced in so that parents can feel some security that their children will not run off. In addition, the play features in the playground will be unique and intergenerational; for example, allowing parents or grandparents to enjoy them with their children or grandchildren. And just as it did with The Chalet, the Optimists intend to construct the playground without any impact on taxpayers. Parents of young children or anyone else who might have an interest in joining the Optimists to help make this playground a reality—or to join for any other reason—are encouraged to call (920) 286-1305 to find out more. The New Holstein Optimist Club also sponsors regular Husky Hangouts at the Middle School, something it has been doing for most of its history. The Hangouts allow middle school age youths to get out on a Friday night to play basketball, ping pong, do other activities, or just hang out with their friends for a couple hours in a setting supervised by Optimist members. For many years the Optimists sponsored Punt, Pass & Kick until the National Football League ended the program. The club is hoping to bring back its similar Tri-Star Basketball program


continued from page 20B (pass, dribble, and shoot) next basketball season and, again, could use some new members to help make that happen. Sandbox fills is another activity the club has done over the years, as is an annual New Holstein High School scholarship, annual Community Chest donation, and

its Snow Day event at The Chalet. The club is planning its annual fundraising brat fry for Saturday, May 25 at Honeymoon Acres. Meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of each month (except in the summer) starting at 6:30 p.m. at The Chalet, and everyone is welcome.

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‘Local matters’ embraced at Blattner’s By Mike Mathes Local matters. The theme espoused by the New Holstein Chamber of Commerce is echoed strongly in the philosophy of Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly. Jack Blattner, general manager of Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly, said the local emphasis in his business runs the gamut of everything the store does, from hiring people to serving people. “Our motto is Clean, Quality and Community. We are local people, helping people, working with people to serve people,” he said. As an anchor business in the New Holstein area community, one that continues a tradition started by the Stellpflug family years ago, Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly values local connections. The importance of community Blattner said that local support mean everything in business, and those who shop local back their community in many ways they can’t begin to see. “As everything becomes more globalized, people have a lot of choices, but the importance of community is still critical. People might try to save a few pennies, but all the dollars spent with local businesses are returned locally in so many ways,” he said. “If you spend a dollar in a small community, it helps the health of the small town. Statistics show a healthy community is one in which the dollar transfers several times before it leaves the community. It’s local money, earned locally, spent here locally, banked here locally and recirculated in the community,” he noted. On the other hand, Blattner suggested when individuals shop at large big box retailers those dollars leave the community. Quality and customer service Being a member of the Piggly Wiggly family, Blattner’s is able to focus on a pair of traits that attract customers to grocery stores. Those are quality and customer service. “Some stores may talk about having the lowest prices, but they can’t match our quality of product and our customer service,” Blattner said. “Others have high quality, and their prices match on the high end.” At Blattner’s, customer service tops the list, with added emphasis on quality products at affordable prices. “You won’t see the owner when you go to the gigantic grocery stores. But come in here and you can see me any time. Make a phone call and you can talk to me,” he said. Blattner knows what it means to be a local business person. He and his wife have made their home in New Holstein since 2015. They just added a new little baby girl to the family in February. He learned the local business aspect well from his father mother, John and Jean, who started the Blattner family’s first Piggly Wiggly store in Sheboygan Falls in 1995. Blattners added the New Holstein to their family grocery business when they purchased the Piggly Wiggly store from Mark and Dianne Stellpflug in 2012. Local emphasis Last year, Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly rolled out a top customer rewards program to thank those who have been most faithful in their shopping habits. Each of the top 50 customers received special-

A complete, fresh produce lineup highlights one of the many well-stocked departments at Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly in New Holstein.

ized carry bags made at Mae Reilly’s in New Holstein. Extra Pig Points can be earned each time the bags are brought in on shopping trips. Blattner’s also continues to support local brat fry events for community organizations. Produce manager Tom Boldt works to coordinate those events. Service in various departments Blattner’s tradition of customer service extends to the way it presents itself in various departments. Well known for its deli services, Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly continues to make available decade old recipes loved by the community. “The community knows and loves these recipes—like our German potato salad, for example,” Blattner said. A majority of deli salads are hand made from scratch from raw materials, made on site from home made recipes. Many retailers today no longer make their own salads. The ingredients are many times prepackaged and already prepared. Blattner’s produce department is also known for its impressive selection of fresh foods. “We are continuing to roll out our cut fruit program which seems to offer a lot of convenience for our customers,” Blattner said. In the meat department, Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly emphasizes high quality meats. Certified Angus Beef offers Grade A, top of the line cuts for customers to choose from

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Part of social fabric Blattner feels his New Holstein Piggly Wiggly store is even bigger than just a place to shop for groceries. “A good grocery store is part of the social fabric of the community. It’s a community gathering place of sorts. A place where you meet your neighbors,” he said. “We love to see our neighbors here. We love to see families and kids. A noisy grocery store is a good thing,” he said. “We want to know people and take care of people. It’s how we do our part in serving the community. It’s who we are,” Blattner added.

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PFCU ready for smooth 2020 transition By Mark Sherry Early next year a significant transition will take place at Premier Financial Credit Union, but the pieces are already in place to make it a smooth one. President/Chief Executive Officer Steve Nothem will be retiring early in 2020, but already in September 2018 the next president/CEO of the credit union was on board. Brad Grant is currently the executive vice president of Premier Financial and is learning the ropes this year under the tutelage of Nothem. “We welcome him,” Nothem said. “Brad’s going to do a great job. We’re thankful that we were able to find him.” Grant said he is equally happy to be at Premier Financial. “It’s a good organization,” he said. “I like the fact that we’re community driven.”

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Rhinelander native Born and raised in Rhinelander, Grant is a graduate of Nicolet College and has years of experience working in financial institutions. He said he enjoys small communities and he and wife Kelly are looking to relocate to the area. They have an adult son and three grandchildren, all under the age of 5. Grant said his outlook toward credit unions is much the same as that of Nothem, who has talked in the past about how he came to know and love the credit union difference only after joining Premier Financial. Grant said he comes to PFCU already understanding the advantages of a member-owned financial institution. “I always thought credit unions filled a niche that banks don’t,” he said. “What I see confirms what I thought.”

Grant indicated he appreciates how Premier Financial is consumer led yet also does business loans, even if PFCU’s loans tend to be to small and medium size businesses. He added that he is continuing to pick up the nuances of the credit union. “There’s a learning curve,” he said. “The learning curve is the member-driven aspect,” adding that he likes the fact that membership at PFCU is open charter to everyone in the community. Grant is learning that there are a lot of benefits to being a member of Premier Financial, and a new benefit will be launched soon as PFCU will start providing instant issue of debit cards at all three of its offices—New Holstein, Kiel, and Chilton. Members who lose their debit card,

Tellers at the New Holstein office of Premier Financial Credit Union are (from left) Karen, Diana, Anita, and Natasha. Not pictured are Sarah and Luke.

have a damaged card, or who have had their account compromised will be able to go into any of the three offices and get a replacement card on the spot. They no longer will have to go days or longer without a card as they wait for the replacement to arrive in the mail. New members will be able to get their first PFCU debit card immediately handed to them. There is no additional fee for this service. Taking a trip abroad? Premier Financial also can order foreign currencies and have them delivered to the office in most cases the next day. This members-only service arose from member demand as people wanted to have a little spending money in their pocket before arriving at their foreign destination, saving the potential hassles of doing currency exchange in a foreign country. If the member has unused foreign currency when they return they can resell it to PFCU at the same exchange rate at

which the currency was acquired. The credit union exchanges most foreign currency (but not coins) for a nominal fee. Also new to Premier Financial is an e-newsletter which has now made its debut. People can provide their e-mail address to PFCU to receive the free monthly newsletter which will include news about the credit union, upcoming events, financial literacy articles, lifestyle content, etc. Expansion possible in Kiel It is possible that one of those e-newsletters might someday soon include confirmation of some potentially exciting news for PFCU’s Kiel office—a physical expansion of the office. Nothem said PFCU is currently doing a feasibility study for the expansion and remodeling of the Kiel office. PFCU officials are working with an architect Turn to PFCU/page 24B

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Chilton Wireless Plus keeps upgrading By Mark Sherry Has any industry changed more dramatically in terms of technology over the past decade than wireless communications—cellphones, tablets, connected devices, etc.? Given that fact, it probably should not come as a big surprise that a business like Chilton Wireless Plus which works in that industry has seen its fair share of changes as well in recent years. That includes the name of the business. Manager Nathan See said he hears customers refer to the Chilton store as RadioShack, U.S. Cellular, or Farm & Home and, to some degree, they are correct on all counts. RadioShack continues to be a supplier of many products which can be found in the store; Chilton Wireless Plus continues to set up U.S. Cellular service for customers; and the store is indeed located inside Farm & Home as it has been for many years. Several years ago, Kim McKeen bought out longtime partner Dwight Bloohm on the Farm & Home hardware side of the store, but both men continue to own Chilton Wireless Plus. “We’re still locally owned,” See said. “We’re still the same company we were since ‘99.” Store remodeled Late last year the store received an extensive remodeling. See said it provides a better layout, including more consultation stations for employees to work with customers and a small seating area for customers who might have to wait for the next available consultant. “So far it’s working really well,” See added. “Customers seem to like it.” Those consultation stations stay very busy as a large part of Chilton Wireless Plus’ business is helping people with new cellphones and data plans. The store carries all the major makes and models of cellphones including iPhone, Samsung, Motorola, and LG, as well as iPads and other connected tablets and devices. People who have not shopped for a new cellphone in a while might have a little sticker shock when they note the price of some of the newest iconic devices, but See pointed out, “The biggest thing is how you pay for your phone now. It’s definitely changed.” People now pay for their phone over a series of monthly payments. Data plans have become more streamlined, less confusing, and less costly, thus balancing out some of the increased cost of phones. Also helping to reduce the financial impact of being connected is U.S. Cellular’s Total Unlimited Plans with Payback. See explained that the program provides a credit back to customers if they do not use all their data during the month. The amount of data a person needs can be an unknown for new users and can vary from month to month, and Unlimited with Payback takes the guesswork out of trying to figure out how much data is right for an individual. Capabilities greatly increased The higher cost of phones is certainly understandable when a person considers their increased capabilities these days and the huge role they play in many people’s lives. They are not just telephones but also serve the role of being a portable computer, TV, gaming console and, of course, a nonstop mode of connection to family, friends, coworkers, and clients. Cellphones also connect people to today’s growing movement of “smart homes.” With products from companies such as Amazon and Google, people can use their cellphones to remotely control and monitor everything from furnace

The staff at Chilton Wireless Plus in Chilton includes (front, from left) Zech Bennin, Nathan See, and Dave Buda; and (back) Jai Preston to Jennifer Bartel.

settings to lights to security systems and more—even trail cameras connected to U.S. Cellular’s data network so you can control the trail camera settings and receive the pictures right on your smartphone without needing to go to the woods. These devices also work great for security at a home or business. Chilton Wireless Plus also sells and assists customers with smart home products. Last November the store also added a new service called Fix-It-Here Mobile Device Repair. They service Samsung, iPhone, and iPad devices. Get broken screens repaired, batteries replaced, or many other repairs in-store by trained technicians, most the same day in approximately one hour. Not ready to upgrade that broken phone to a new device yet? Fix-It-Here at Chilton Wireless Plus. Another service now provided by U.S. Cellular and Chilton Wireless Plus is inhome high-speed internet plans in both rural and urban areas. The plans are not presently available in every area because of data capacity limitations, but See encourages people interested in the service to check at the store or at uscellular.com for more information. Lots of other items in store Stopping at the Chilton store also allows people to see the vast array of other items available from Chilton Wireless Plus. From headphones, charging stations, electronic games and novelties to diodes, cables, build-it-yourself kits and so much more, Chilton Wireless Plus has what people interested in technology and electronics are seeking. Some people are more technology savvy than others, and Chilton Wireless Plus offers a couple great advantages for those people who might be on the “less savvy” end of the spectrum. For starters, See and the other five employees of the store—four of whom are full time—will take the time to answer any questions a customer might have and will set up the new device and transfer all data from a previous device as necessary. When customers walk out of Chilton Wireless Plus they have a fully functional device. It might take a little while to get comfortable with the nuances of a new and

upgraded device but, again, the employees of Chilton Wireless Plus are always a phone call or a stop away. It is not just the fact that employees take the time with customers, but it also is important to note that those employees have a lot of longevity and experience with the business. See has been at the store for 20 years, and full-time employees Dave Buda and Jennifer Bartel each


to determine the projected costs of doubling the size of the office, with the projected expansion coming to the east of the existing building. If undertaken, the expansion would provide for two additional offices, a conference room, an employee lounge, and the addition of safe deposit boxes which that office does not currently have. Nothem said the expansion of the Kiel office is being considered because of the growth of the credit union and to better serve its Kiel area members. He said he is hoping to have a decision by the end of March on whether or not the project will proceed at this time. Along those lines, Nothem said PFCU also is planning to do some redecorating of its New Holstein office—including new carpeting—to better match the motif being established between all three offices. Good corporate citizen Premier Financial Credit Union continues to be a good corporate citizen in all the communities it serves. As an example, the credit union sponsors the Banzai financial literacy program for students of Chilton and Hilbert high schools. Banzai is designed to help students learn financial literacy in a handson way, and over 30,000 teachers in the U.S. are using the program with the help of sponsoring institutions such as Pre-

have more than 10 years of experience at Chilton Wireless Plus. Full-timer Jai Preston and part-timer Zach Bennin also serve customers at the store. “That’s huge,” See said of the experience level at the store. “It is a lot of stuff to learn. Every person has built great relationships with many of our customers over the years.”

continued from page 23B mier 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. Premier Financial also has played a role in financial literacy in other local schools, including the longtime sponsorship of its branch inside New Holstein High School. State law now requires financial literacy education in schools. Premier Financial was ahead of its time and remains prepared to lend assistance to local schools to help them meet their requirements. Premier Financial also created “free little libraries” outside all its offices last October in celebration of Credit Union Week. PFCU placed financial literacy books in the free little libraries but welcomes the exchange of all types of books from the libraries which are located just outside the main doors and which are indeed being used by the public. PFCU also works to be a good citizen to the environment by continuing to move toward paperless offices. In 2018 it implemented signature pads for members to sign electronically for receipts—just one more way in which Premier Financial serves the communities in which their members live, work, and play.

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Shaping up health with pilates By Mike Mathes If two heads are better than one, then it must resonate that two pilates instructors must offer a better way to serve the community. At the House of Pilates located on Fremont Street in Kiel, two pilates instructors offer classes to clients geared to improve their physical health and stamina. Not only do they broaden the amount of time and training available, they come from vantage points on the journey to improved health. Empower Pilates, operated by Mikealynn Trimberger-Hendrickson, and Pilates Living Free, operated by Mary Lee Flemming are co-hosted businesses that have been operating under the House of Pilates roof for the past three years. But their connection runs deeper. Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. Pilates is named for its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the 1920s. Mikealynn became interested in pilates through her career work in physical therapy, earning her teaching certification 12 years ago. Her first Empower Pilates studio was located on the north side of Fremont Street. Interestingly enough, one of her early clients was none other than her teaching collaborator Mary Lee. “I began working with Mikealynn because of my health challenges and simply fell in love with pilates,” Mary Lee said. While Mikealynn comes from a

therapy background, and an athletic lifestyle, Mary Lee’s route to pilates instruction came from a different perspective. She was drawn to pilates because of her health difficulties. The healing and health benefits of her pilates journey inspired her to get her teaching certification in 2016. Together, the two divergent paths offer hope for clients of all health and fitness levels. The journey to better health through pilates can begin anywhere, for anyone.

Great benefits Mary Lee explained that her pilates journey helped her cope with fibromyalgia and arthritis. It also helped her rehabilitate herself after a hip replacement. “For someone who hadn’t done any exercise at all, after two years of pilates, I was able to ride in the Door County Century Bike Ride,” Mary Lee said. “It was just amazing.” Mary Lee is proud of dropping 50 pounds through her pilates journey, along with improving her health to the point where she no longer required insulin. As an instructor she strives to be as convincing for her clients as Mikealynn was to her. “I know how much better they can feel if they can stick with the journey,” she said. Mary Lee continues to teach pilates in retirement from her other professions. For 20+ years she was an art instructor at Fox Valley Technical College. She also worked for the Chilton Housing AuthorTurn to pilates/page 27B

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Customers tell Chilton Furniture’s story Customer comments speak louder than anything to consumers these days. Whether you are looking to stay at a hotel, or dine at a restaurant, it’s easy to find reviews that help guide your decisions. How many of you have connected to Trip Advisor, Google Reviews or Yelp to see what others have to say before making a decision? Where do you turn for advice when you are looking for furniture or interior design assistance? At Chilton Furniture, we are grateful not only for the many positive reviews our service has received on line, but we are also thankful for the many positive comments we have received the oldfashioned way through hand written cards and thank you notes. So, instead of asking you to take our word for the positive nature of the Chilton Furniture shopping experience, we thought you might like to hear first hand from our customers about their experiences. We invite you to browse their comments, gleaned from both modern technology and old-school sources. And, when you are done, we hope you, too, will embrace the laid back shopping experience that we provide at Chilton Furniture. Here’s what our customers have to say...... Dear Jerry and Rhonda, Just a little note to let you know how much I appreciate your helpfulness, guidance and suggestions in our recent project. The colors came together beautifully, and I couldn’t be happier with the quality of the products we purchased from you. I truly appreciate having the opportunity to browse without being bothered. I appreciate the professionalism and courtesy extended to me in our interactions and especially all of your time, talent and energy in helping me coordinate my styles and colors. I absolutely love my new living room, and the kitchen floor is amazing! —Jennifer H Thank you for all of your help. Gary did a wonderful job with the installation. It’s beautiful and QUIET! —Guy and Kay We want to thank you all for the help you gave us in picking out tile, etc. We have had so many compliments on everything. I can’t begin to tell you. I will highly recommend you to other people —Sue We want to thank you for all your help with our new mattress. It was the best night sleep in a long time. Thanks to Jerry and all the staff, that is why we keep coming back to your store. —Linda and Terry Steve and I want to thank you for your great customer service. You replaced our mattress with such ease. We really appreciated it. The new one sleeps wonderful! We will definitely be back. —Mary Thank you for exchanging the box spring. It was an excellent example of why we should buy local. Your customer service and product quality rates 100%. Thank you. —Betty Dear Jerry, I just wanted to thank you for all you did for me with regards to my carpeting.

You went far beyond my expectations, and I’ve been telling everyone I know about the service you gave us. Please tell Gail and Kathy how much I appreciated their help as well. It’s wonderful to have your business as part of our community. —Shirley Dear Chilton Furniture folks, Thanks goes out to your fine staff for the wonderful service offered us while picking out furniture for our recent remodeling project. A special thank you goes out to Rhonda for her kindness in finding coupons to use for us. Best wishes for continued success in your business. —Deanna Thank you again for the wonderful service and quality product your store has offered. My furniture is so beautiful! Rhonda was so helpful in helping me choose fabrics and styles. Also your delivery staff were friendly and careful with my new furniture. I will certainly recommend your store. Thanks again. —Barbara I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your efforts to make my new bed comfortable for me. Your service is awesome! Thanks again. —Jayne Thank you for your generous donation. We appreciate your support of our brat fry . Your support allowed all of our qualifiers to attend nationals. —Chilton FBLA We had the opportunity to buy some new furniture and carpet at your facility and had the occasion to work with Gail. We just want to tell you what an excellent employee she is. She was so helpful, knowledgeable and always pleasant to be around. It is always important to tell someone when they do a good job, so I am happy to write this note and tell you “Gail goes the extra mile..” Thanks a lot. —Karen and Roger We can’t thank you enough for fixing the problem with our beautiful new chairs. They’re perfectly wonderful now, work properly, and we’ll be enjoying them for years to come. Next time we need new furniture, Chilton will be at the top of our list. Thank you, thank you! All the best, —Linda and Tom I just want to personally thank you for your donation of the recliner for the Winterfest fund raiser which was held in February at St. Mary’s/St. Michael’s in Clark Mills. I was the lucky recipient of the recliner and all the items that went with it. I have been a member of St. Mary’s for about 46 years and going into my 20th year of being the hot lunch lady, so I sure do appreciate people like you who are so generous with giving to help keep our school going. —Carol W We were very pleased with everything (including help with the selection) from start to finish! Thank you. —Mary Thank you for your kindness in letting us use your truck to deliver Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Your generosity made delivering and loading the cartons into the Samaritan’s Purse semi so much easier. May God abundantly bless you! —Judy—Faith Alliance Relay Center Coordinator

Don’t just take our word for it! Chilton Furniture offers a great shopping experience, and a wealth of professional support for all our customers. Whether you are looking to buy one of our more than 90 recliners, a new sleep system, or redesign a room or two, we are ready to help. We could talk until we are blue in the face, or until we run out of TV commercial time, but you might consider listening to what our customers have to say. We are so thankful for their kind words and for the positive impressions they share from connecting with our business. Thanks folks! We are proud to serve you!

Sales staff very knowledgeable and friendly. Nice selection and displayed well. Free delivery and very reasonable rate for removal and disposal of old furniture. —Douglas Great staff, prices AND locally owned. Buy local! —Marsha Friendly helpful service, great prices and large selection. They also have a wonderful and reasonable delivery service. Always happy with my purchases. —Madelynn Five star service and support from our home town furniture experts!!! —Russell Great saleswoman, great store, great experience, great protection plan, will keep coming back for all my furniture. Awesome service! Thank you to the delivery/service man Dave, for the house

call. Outstanding customer service! Jerry and the entire staff are always a pleasure to deal with. Thank you for going above and beyond time and time again! —Jason Nice staff and reasonable prices on quality furniture. A very good selection of products and they carry multiple brands. —Andrew Excellent selection, very reasonable value, friendly staff. —Gabe The people who work there are friendly and very helpful about answering questions. The store is always clean and neat. —Matthew We invite you to stop in and experience the Chilton Furniture difference for yourself. Our store, located in the Southside Shopping in Chilton. Visit our website at www.chiltonfurniture.net, or give us a call at 920-849-9023. We look forward to seeing you!

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Pilates ity for 16 years. Now, though, it’s just pilates instruction on her platter. Top level athletes use them too On the other end of the spectrum, Mikealynn has worked with top level athletes in their pilates training programs. One of her clients intends to compete in the Kona, Hawaii triathlon, the pinnacle of such competition. Last summer, Mikealynn offered her pilates training to a local swimming club for eight weeks. “The coach commented that she could tell the difference in her swimmers through those sessions,” she said. All levels welcome Whether you are athletic, or more of a couch potato, pilates can make a difference, the instructors emphasized. Programs are tailored to the needs of the individuals. “Pilates is a method of conditioning,” Mikealynn said. “It helps build functional strength in your core that carries over into every area of your life. Our goal is to be able to do this into our 90’s.” She spoke of a recent pilates magazine that featured a lady from New York, still using pilates training at age 102. “We have to drop the bar in Wisconsin to the 90s because the beer and the cheese probably won’t let us get to 100,” she joked. Mind and body training Mikealynn, who still works as a physi-


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cal therapy assistant for Aurora Medical half time, said pilates training can be focused on improving the weakness of a specific muscle. “We train the whole body, but we also do muscle specific work as needed,” she said. But, it’s also about training the mind to be positive about the process. The two instructors also supplement their pilates classes with health coaching and weight loss training. “We want to help people upgrade their eating the best they can. There’s so much pre-diabetes out there, and people need to be conscious of that as well,” Mikealynn said. Both pilates instructors are certified in weight management training. Getting a taste of pilates Both instructors welcome anyone interested to stop in for a free thirty minute pilates session. “Most people don’t really know what pilates is all about. They don’t know how their bodies will react,” Mikealynn said. “Yet we know if they try it they are going to love it.” Visitors can take their pick and call either one of the instructors. “If they aren’t sure, we can give them a little bit of each of us,” she added. Classes involve work on mats, or with equipment known as reformers. Partners are encouraged to work out together if they choose. To contact Mikealynn at Empower Pilates, call 920-980-4976. To contact Mary Lee at Pilates Living Free, call 920-203-6896.



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Tri-County news • New Holstein Progress 2019 • Thursday, May 2, 2019

Offering foundation for health care CACHF plays major role in supporting Calumet County area health care options By Mike Mathes When it comes to assuring quality health care for Calumet County and the surrounding area, a vital organization plays a quiet, but key role. CACHF is the acronym for Calumet Area Community Health Foundation, an organization supported by local donations. Governed by a Board of Directors, CACHF has taken direct aim at upgrading health care capabilities in Calumet County in various ways including: n renovation and modernization of Ascension Calumet Hospital; n upgrading the outpatient operating room; n revamping the administrative area, public entrances and community room; n acquiring new equipment for the hospital; n recruiting doctors, nurses and other staff members to serve community needs; n staff enhancement and professional growth opportunities; and n expanding the community’s access to medical personnel and care options.

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as possible. Tipler said that the community served by Ascension Calumet Hospital can be proud of the facilities and services offered. Making the area attractive Dr. Peter Janu, head of surgery, pointed Dr. Gene Tipler, medical director for Ascension Calumet Hospital said one of to the continuing value of the modernthe key roles of the foundation is to help ization at Ascension Calumet Hospital. “With the upgrades to the operating attract health care providers—doctors, specialists, nursing staff and others to rooms, we’ve been able to offer more technically advanced surgical procethe greater Calumet County area. “We are at a bit of a disadvantage here dures with outcomes that rival or exceed in Chilton. Providers don’t like to come those of the best institutions across the to smaller communities. That’s where its country.” Janu said the upgrades have also ofso great to have the resources provided by the foundation. Contributions from fered improved surgical options to paCACHF help level the playing field, and tients at Calumet Ascension Hospital “Because of the upgrades, we’ve enin some cases tips in our favor,” he said. “Let’s face it. Without the health care hanced our surgical technology with professionals, nothing happens,” Tipler more minimally invasive options that are not only more effective but are safer, said. Jenny Derks, chief administrative of- offer less pain, and an earlier return to ficer for the hospital, said, “Our partner- full activity.” All of this has been accomplished ship with the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation affords us the ability through the support of CACHF for the to attract and retain key medical person- recent renovations. Jenny Watts, Marketing Manager and nel such as registered nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and even Regional Community Health Improvement Leader, points to communityphysicians. “It is difficult at times to recruit and re- behavioral health access continues to tain qualified providers in our rural area.  be one of the key community health But, the foundation’s support allows us care needs. Again, CACHF funding has helped to garner a critical advantage during the recruitment process.  We are blessed to with the delivery of programs to address those needs. be able to collaborate in this way.  Watts said, “Here at Ascension Calu“Our community is fortunate to have the foundation rooted in the Calumet met Hospital we are doing our best to County area because it means we can educate our staff and community about provide comprehensive healthcare close mental health resources and initiatives we are a part of in the tri-county area to home. (Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties). ACH partners with the N.E.W. Attracting specialists “For a small community, we are truly Mental Health Connection, NAMI, Cablessed with a nice facility, and we have talpa Health and Samaritan Counselaccess to a wide range of specialists. Al- ing. ACH utilizes best practices such most every kind of specialist comes here. as QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) Specialists are willing to come here. training and the Zero Suicide Initiative And, it’s all because we have a great fa- for healthcare professionals, educators, cility and a good working environment. law enforcement, and the general public. The support of CACHF helps us build The hospital was also behind getting the partnerships with these professionals, school-based mental health program giving the community more access to HOST-Chilton into the Chilton Schools and financially supports Challenge Day.” health care locally.” Tipler said the support of CACHF also helps Ascension Calumet Hospital Two-way street Health care, and the community’s supin providing quality care, keeping its equipment, facilities and staff as current port for those options is a two-way street.

The same can be said for Calumet Area Community Health Foundation and its connection to community. While the Foundation supports the hospital, it’s also important for the community to understand it has a role as stakeholders in CACHF. The foundation depends on the community’s generosity to keep positive things happening in local health care. Anyone in the community can contribute to support the life-sustaining work of the foundation by offering their donations, whether they be individuals, businesses or organizations. CACHF is totally funded by donations, which are in turn earmarked for projects. The organization has no paid staff, thus all donations are used for the promotion and support of health care.Gifts of all sizes are welcome. CACHF President/CEO Glen Calnin said, “We are very fortunate to have Ascension Calumet Hospital within our community. It does a great job of serving Calumet County, but as with any organization the hospitals funds are not

unlimited. The Calumet Health Foundation can help by supplying funding for services we see a need for and help to make that service available. “To that end, financial support from individual donations, estates and corporate contributions are critical in allowing us to continue to fill these needs and guarantee quality health care now and for future generations.  We are neighbors helping neighbors.” Dr. Tipler added, “It is important for everyone to understand that contributing to CACHF is another way to insure that our hospital will continue to be a great asset to the community. We all have that responsibility assuring a quality of health care.” Those interested in supporting the Calumet Area Community Health Foundation can contact the organization by calling Calnin at 849-8700 or e-mailing cachfinc@yahoo.com. The mailing address for CACHF is CACHF, Suite 6, 451 E. Brooklyn St., Chilton, WI 53014.

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Quality furnishings offered at Meiselwitz In business since 1898, family owned Meiselwitz Furniture continues to offer new and exciting quality fine home furnishings to their customers. Operated for the last 40 years by Mike and Bill Curry, great-grandsons of Carl Meiselwitz, Meiselwitz Furniture is located at 328 Fremont St. in Kiel, the same location the business began in when founded by C.J. Meiselwitz in 1898. This year the brothers plan to remodel the original European-style apartment on the upper floor of the building to display new Flexsteel living room and dining room introductions. “My brother and I are proud to be a part of the Kiel community,” Bill said. “It’s a great retail town and always has a lot of new and exciting things happening. We are excited about the Kiel Mill restoration project headed by Markus Ladd of Kiel.” Fourth generation owners Bill and Mike are also excited to be celebrating their 121st year offering fine products to their customers. “We feature Restonic mattresses, the best two-sided mattress construction in the U.S.A. and one of the top bedding manufacturers. They have won many awards recently including the Women’s Choice Award and Consumer Digest Best Buy Award.” Restonic was founded in 1938 when a group of independent mattress manufacturers developed a better method of building a quality mattress. Only the highest-grade materials are used in the expertly tailored mattresses and box

springs to ensure the highest degree of comfort, support, and durability. “All Restonic beds are made with components from Wisconsin. Only two sided beds have the marvelous middle support system to prevent sinking and sagging. The mattresses last longer and provide a better night’s sleep.” Many brands of furnishings offered Meiselwitz Furniture offers many significant brands of home furnishings including a fine selection of options of beautiful and quality built products from Flexsteel. Meiselwitz Furniture has been an authorized deal of Flexsteel for more than 80 years. Flexsteel products include sofas, sectionals, accent chairs, occasional, motion, reclining, bedroom, dining, and home office furniture. The furniture is beautifully tailored and crafted using lifetime-guaranteed, blue steel seat spring construction. Custom orders on over 1,200 styles with thousands of fabrics and hundreds of leathers are available. The Blue Steel Spring is the core of Flexsteel upholstered seating. Flexible and sturdy, the spring is designed for lifetime-guaranteed durability. “The benefits of Flexsteel is how it is constructed. The Flexsteel spring makes the difference. They offer a lifetime warranty on the seat, frame, and seat cushion core.” The staff at Meiselwitz Furniture enjoys spending time with their custom-

Meiselwitz Furniture offers new and exciting quality fine home furnishings to their customers while treating everyone who walks in the door like family. Faye Burg photo

ers, treating them like family. “We look forward to assisting you with all your home furnishing needs. From bedding to dining room to living room selections, Meiselwitz proudly offers the finest brands and the most intriguing design selections.” Meiselwitz Furniture Leather and Mattress is located on the corner of

Fourth and Fremont streets and can be reached at (920) 894-2250. Open seven days a week, the welcoming staff invites you to visit their showroom. Free delivery and interior design services are available. More information can be found on meiselwitzfurniture. com.

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Meat’s Opera Haus welcomes all ages With a new menu and a variety of remodeling projects complete, Meat’s Opera Haus makes young and old feel welcome. Owned and operated by Eric “Meat” Mueller for the past three and a half years, Meat’s Opera Haus is fast becoming a favorite destination. Born and raised in the village of St. Nazianz, Mueller started working at the Opera Haus, known as Butch and Nanner’s, working as a stock boy at the age of 13. He studied and learned the food service business while working his way up to becoming a regular and popular bartender by age 18. Mueller left to attend college, receiving a degree in business management from UW-Oshkosh. He gravitated back to the restaurant business when the opportunity to purchase the Opera Haus was presented in November of 2015. Since becoming owner of the business, Mueller has worked to continually improve the facility and services offered while providing consistently high customer service and good food. Many improvements made Recently remodeled areas of Meat’s Opera Haus include the banquet hall and bar, dining room and back bar, front entrance, outside of building, and parking lot. With the remodeled banquet hall, Mueller can now offer a variety of different setting for different types of events from 20 person parties to 200

person sit down meals for larger events and ceremonies. Many loyal employees have been with Mueller since he purchased the Opera Haus and work with Mueller to provide great food and service to his customers. “Young and old all feel welcome here,” he said. “Our reasonable prices, great food and service, fun atmosphere and variety of charity events held through out the year help us to stand out from other area establishments.” Successful fund raising events for area families in need and local organizations are an important part of Mueller’s business and involvement in the community. The annual Skibby Scramble raised $15,000 for the local fire department last year alone. The Meat Fest parade held in September helps benefit the Historical Society and Lion’s Club. Open seven days a week with weekly specials has proven popular with Opera Haus patrons. Seeing repeat customers

Meat’s Opera Haus owner Eric Mueller and bartender Tammy Wallander enjoy offering great food and refreshments to their customers. Faye Burg photo

is rewarding for Mueller. “It shows we are fulfilling their needs.” Weekly specials include Wednesday steak night and Thursday pizza night, Friday fish fry and weekend breakfasts and broasted chicken as well as a nice rotations of live entertainment featuring popular local bands and DJ’s keep customers coming back for more fun and great food and drink. A new daily menu includes favorite regular and specialty burgers, sand-

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Rehab efforts help cancer patients By Mike Mathes Cancer patients often face an uphill struggle in fighting their illness. An innovative approach to healing and health seeks to give them a fighting chance at maintaining their quality of life through the process. Ascension Calumet Hospital, in cooperation with Green Bay Oncology has turned its focus to a broad spectrum of services grouped under the heading of oncology rehabilitation. “We are fortunate to be able to take advantage of this partnership arrangement to be intentional about providing these rehabilitation services for oncology patients,” Patrick McGinnis, Manager of Rehabilitation Services for Ascension Calumet Hospital said. The attention to oncology rehabilitation is relatively new, with members of the Ascension Calumet rehabilitation staff undergoing training in the past few years. “We are excited to be in the forefront of this effort,” McGinnis said. “We are trying to help our patients maintain their quality of life through this. It’s a relatively new direction for rehabilitation services.” Oncology rehabilitation efforts for each individual patient are tailored to their specific needs, and carried out in partnership with doctors that specialize in oncology and hematology. Cancer fighting expertise Green Bay Oncology, brings cancer fighting expertise to the partnership, as the region’s largest group of cancer specialists—bringing the world’s best new treatments to our patients in connection with Ascension Calumet Hospital. Dr. Anthony Jaslowski and Dr. Brad Heraly are both Green Bay Oncology providers who see patients through Ascension Calumet Hospital. Dr. Jaslowski, a fan of the new approach to oncology rehabilitation, said that great strides have been made in the past five years toward understanding the need for specific rehabilitation programs for cancer patients. “We are very fortunate that Ascension Calumet Hospital has gotten on board and made a significant investment in this kind of care earlier than most regional hospitals.” Dr. Jaslowski said that cancer often causes weakness, fatigue, weight loss and muscle wasting even before diagnosis. “This can make cancer treatment, which is often difficult, even harder for patients,” he said. “We have learned the hard way over the years that once people weaken beyond a certain point, cancer treatments can be more harmful than helpful. That’s why it’s critical that patients begin therapy to preserve and improve their strength sooner rather than later.” Quality of life objective At Ascension Calumet Hospital rehabilitation specialists work with cancer patients through all stages of treatment helping them improve their quality of life and overall health. McGinnis said the focus of oncology rehabilitation is function. In addition to the challenges for cancer patients noted above, McGinnis also cited challenges of balance, gait, bed mobility, eating/swallowing and activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing and self-care. Each of these issues are identified as needs to be addressed through rehabilitation programs. “The effort is more of a marathon than a sprint. Patients can expect a lot

A member of the Ascension Calumet Hospital rehabilitation staff works with an oncology patient to aid body function and strength through weight training.

of education, motivation and coaching. They are active participants in the whole process,” McGinnis said. Evaluation and goal setting Patients can enter into oncology rehabilitation efforts in many ways, either via referral, or their own choice. In either case, oncology rehabilitation starts with an evaluation process. “We try to set appropriate goals to limit or eliminate acquired challenges. Most often this involves education for energy conservation, strengthening, dynamic and static balance activities, decreasing pain, increasing tolerance for activity and improving the quality of life,” McGinnis said. Sometimes the evaluations begin with a standard questionnaire. Nurses are able to refer patients through this method or casual observation. In some cases, the patient’s doctor will recognize the patient’s challenges, prompting a referral to rehabilitation efforts. Multiple services Rehabilitation services for oncology patients can cross into many types of treatments. Among the most common are occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language pathology, lymphedema treatments, swallow studies, BIG and LOUD training, dry needling and cognitive assessments. Staff members at Ascension Calumet Hospital include those trained in many disciplines of therapy—four physical therapists, one occupational therapist an occupational assistant and a physical therapy assistant. “Everyone except our newest physical therapist has been through the oncology classes. We have a great staff and they are committed to these services for our patients,” McGinnis said. Getting the word out Ascension Calumet Hospital and its rehabilitation department work with patients from a large geographical area. “People live here and work/doctor outside the area, so we get referrals from a

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Familiar name, face joins Vogel team By Mark Sherry Familiar names and faces staff the sales offices adjacent to the showroom at Vogel Chevrolet in Kiel—which means Kevin Gutschow should fit in well. The 1997 graduate of Kiel High School began working at Lulloff Hardware in Kiel while he was still a high schooler and continued on there until seven years ago when he went to work for Sargento in Kiel as a line operator. Living and working in Kiel his entire life, Gutschow now brings that familiarity with the community and its people to Vogel Chevrolet as its newest salesperson. Kelly Johnson has been a fixture in sales at Vogel for several decades, and Ed Hartmann is a veteran of the sales team as well. Gutschow is currently occupying Johnson’s office while Johnson is on leave. “We’re eager to have him,” Tara Vogel said of the addition of Gutschow to the staff. “I’m glad he knows people.” Gutschow agreed that his familiarity with Kiel area residents is a great starting point for his new career in automotive sales. “A lot of people know me,” he said, referring back to his years of helping customers at Lulloff Hardware. He said he also enjoyed his years of working at Sargento, but when he saw the help wanted ad published by Vogel Chevrolet he decided to have a talk with Mike Vogel—and that led to his new career. “Instead of washers and dryers it’s cars and trucks,” Gutschow said with a smile. Gutschow has really been involved in sales since he first began working at Lulloff as part of the School-to-Work program. “I like sales,” he said. “I like talking to people.” The son of Bob and the late June Gutschow also said he considers himself a rather handy guy—having learned a lot at Lulloff—and a bit of a car guy, although not necessarily in terms of fixing things which are wrong under the hood. “I’ve had enough of them,” he said about his familiarity with vehicles, but prefers to let the experts like those in Vogel Chevrolet’s service and body shop departments handle repairs and maintenance. Gutschow recalls his first vehicle being a 1988 Chevrolet Beretta, which

Kevin Gutschow stands next to a new Chevrolet Silverado in the showroom of Vogel Chevrolet in Kiel. Gutschow has joined the sales team at Vogel Chevrolet. Mark Sherry photo

Chevrolet produced from 1987 to 1996. These days he says he is a “truck guy,” and added, “I think Chevrolet is the highest quality.” Even though he had only been with Vogel Chevrolet for a few days at the time of this interview, a chat with Gutschow showed that he already had extensive knowledge about Chevrolet’s different makes and models. But he also admitted, “I’ve got a lot to learn.” The cold, snowy days of February were allowing him time to do that before people emerge from their winter cocoons to shop for a new or used vehicle. Part of what Gutschow is working to be well versed in is all the technological changes and options available in new vehicles these days. That includes the

infotainment systems on new and newer used vehicles. Gutschow is studying to learn the systems inside and out so that he can help set them up and train new users in them. “Everything your phone will do your car will do,” he said. “That’s the biggest thing in new vehicles—the technology.” Gutschow is learning about all the aspects of Vogel Chevrolet and the automotive business. That includes a service department which is able to do all types of service work on all makes and models of vehicles, not just Chevrolet. The body shop also works on all makes and models, fixing everything from small scratches to major collision damage. Tara said both departments are presently looking for additional technicians

and anyone interested is encouraged to contact the Kiel dealership. Gutschow’s wife Gina (Rumpff) is also a Kiel High School graduate. The couple has two children, Madyson, 11, and Kaylee, 8. In their free time the family enjoys camping and following the children in their various sports activities. Kevin said he also is enjoying his first impressions of working for Vogel Chevrolet. “That’s the way it was at Lulloff’s, it’s just a family, fun atmosphere, low pressure. This is my kind of thing, more laid back.” He encourages people to stop in at Vogel Chevrolet and say “hi”—those people who already know him, and those whom he would like to meet for the first time.

Part-time job seekers should watch for scams

With summer around the bend, the seasonal job hunt is under way for many Wisconsin high school and college students. As potential applicants gear up to fire off their applications, the Wisconsin Departments of Workforce Development (DWD) and Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) advise job seekers to be vigilant regarding questionable job postings, particularly those featuring “too-good-to-be-true” employment offers or those asking for up-front payment for training or materials. “Phony job postings could be ploys to gather personal information from applicants or to sign them up for fake check scams, ‘get rich quick’ schemes, and bogus work-at-home or mystery shopping opportunities,” said Lara Sutherlin, administrator for DATCP’s Division of Trade and Consumer Protection. “Be very careful about the amount and type of personal information you share in response to an online job listing and be informed about common employment scams before you begin your job search.” DWD operates JobCenterofWisconsin.com, the state’s free online public

labor exchange that connects talent with opportunity and currently has over 100,000 job postings. While DWD strives to validate the identity of all employer representatives who post jobs directly on the site, users are also advised to use caution if they opt to search external sites from JobCenterofWisconsin. com. “At the Job Center of Wisconsin, trust in the quality of offerings is paramount to our mission,” DWD Division of Employment & Training Division Administrator Chytania Brown said. “We work hard to ensure that registered job seekers and employers are provided opportunity free from fraud. We still advise visitors to our site to carefully examine all online activities.” DWD and DATCP offer the following tips to help students protect themselves when they seek seasonal jobs on any job search/placement website: It is not common or normal practice for an employer to ask for your personal information, such as your Social Security number and bank account number (or similar personal financial information) on an initial application. Be wary and

use good judgment if unusual information is requested. Be suspicious of any job offer that requires an upfront fee. Do not provide credit card or bank account numbers and be careful of requests for payment by wire transfer. Any “job” that requires you to cash a check and send any amount of it to another party is a scam. Be cautious when dealing with any contacts outside the U.S. If the job offer is a scam, it is difficult to pursue enforcement action against a person located outside of this country. Research an organization before making any commitments. Ask for information about the company, including its street address and the name of its owner or chief operating officer. You may wish to call DATCP’s Consumer Protection Hotline (800-422-7128) to check on complaints against the business. Get the job offer in writing, including any earnings you are expected to make. If the interview request or job offer is for a job you did not apply for, it is most likely a scam. Scammers often send “spoofed” e-

mails with forged e-mail headers that make the messages appear to have originated from someone or somewhere other than the actual source. If the web address (URL) referenced in the sender’s e-mail address does not match the true URL for the business in question, the e-mail may be a scam. The official e-mail address for the Job Center of Wisconsin is JobCenterofWisconsin@dwd.wisconsin.gov. A common employment scam to watch out for begins with an e-mail request for a “Google Hangout” interview for a work-at-home position. The scammer fraudulently uses a legitimate company name and claims to have found the job seeker’s resume on an online employment site. After a job offer is made during the “interview,” the job seeker is sent a check or money order for “office supplies and equipment,” is instructed to deposit it into their personal account, and is told to buy expensive equipment from a particular vendor. Unfortunately, the check or money order is fake and the job seeker will be on the hook for the full amount of money withdrawn when the bank discovers the fraud.

Tri-County news • New Holstein Progress 2019 • Thursday, May 2, 2019


Fuhrmann a service giant for over 39 years After providing the area with heating and cooling services for the past 39-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. Due to the demand for plumbing services continuing to grow, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. has added Master Plumber Greg Van Lanen, Journeyman Wayne Hoerth and a plumbing helper. These employees are all from the local service area with 20+ years combined experience. 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 Brillion City Center. 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

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

projects even if the owners do not plan on using it. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. does a large number of in-floor retrofits in cold floor areas and warms the area with radiant tubing either under the sub floor or in a concrete slab. It is most efficient if tubing is installed in concrete or some type of conductor of heat, as opposed to wood which is a non-conductor source. With today’s new home construction built tight and insulated well, indoor air needs to be exchanged with outside air to prevent health problems and other issues such as excess moisture and mold. Air exchange units are very common today and highly recommended. Fuhrmann installs many units along with perform-

ing duct cleaning and appliance and bath fan venting to improve indoor air quality. Annual check-ups done Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. offers residential customers the opportunity to join an annual computerized list where annual check-ups are performed and they also offer free estimates for customer projects. While offering quality products and services is important, Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. practices good community relations as well. Fuhrmann Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc. actively supports and helps Turn to FUHRMANN/page 35B


Tri-County news • New Holstein Progress 2019 • Thursday, May 2, 2019

Stepping it up

Farm & Home focuses on top quality products By Mark Sherry Farm & Home is stepping it up in 2019. Kim McKeen, who owns the Chilton hardware and much more store with wife Nancy, said it did not require getting hit on the head with a hammer to see the need to do so—but in a way it did. Kim told the true story which occurred in the past year in which two men who work for contractors came into the store at separate times, each looking to buy a new hammer. Farm & Home has 32 different hammers displayed in the store. Both men left without buying a hammer. “If he goes out empty handed, we failed,” McKeen said. The incidents bothered him so much that he e-mailed both men to find out why they left the store without buying a hammer. Both men graciously replied with very detailed specifications as to what they want in a hammer, with one of them even sending a photo of their preferred hammer. Price did not matter to them—when a person swings a hammer a lot and every day for their job, they want the best. Today Farm & Home has 37 hammers displayed in the store. One of the men came back and found and bought the hammer he had been seeking. Giving customers what they want That is just one example of what McKeen calls “stepping it up” in 2019. “In order to better meet our customers’ expectations, Farm & Home is looking to enhance many of our product lines by adding in some recognized premium brand names and also expanding on current product lines with additional choices,” he said. McKeen added, “We all fall in the trap of putting dollars and cents first. My goal is to not eliminate anything in the store but to bring in some premium products.” Another example of how Farm & Home is stepping it up is in the area of grills. The store has long carried lines of gas and charcoal grills, but Wisconsinites who love their grilling know that Weber is the name for quality. “We are adding in both Weber and Traeger grills along with a full line of accessories for both lines,” McKeen said. “Traeger has a complete line of flavored wood pellets to spice up your cooking. We also fill propane tanks so we can keep your Weber grill hot.” McKeen added that Traeger makes pellet-fed grills which can even be synced to a cellphone to feed in pellets upon command so that grillers do not need to turn their attention away from watching the big game or whatever else they are doing at the time. Toro zero-turn riding mowers are another example of how McKeen’s vision for Farm & Home has changed in recent years. He said a couple years ago he finally bought in to bringing one of these top-of-the-line mowers to the store—and it sold right away. Since that time other Farm & Home customers have walked away as new owners of Toro zero-turn mowers, and McKeen said all of them have been thrilled. “We are bringing in new models with extra features this

Kim McKeen of Farm & Home in Chilton stands among some of the Weber and Traeger grills and grilling accessories which the store has added in the past year. Mark Sherry photo

year,” he said. “If we don’t stock the model you need, we can get it.” Husqvarna riders added McKeen added, “We have done the same thing for our Husqvarna riding mower selection. The trend the past few years has been for larger riders with more options. This spring we will have them.” Yet another example of stepping it up is in Farm & Home’s expansive Pet Department. The store is adding some very recognized, top-end brand name pet foods such as Blue Buffalo. They are not low-cost options, but pet owners want the best when it comes to their littlest family members. It is not just the products in the store that sets Farm & Home apart but also the many services it provides. “As always, we service the mowers we sell and all equipment is set up and running when it leaves the store,” McKeen said. “We will even take care of the warranty registration for you.” Farm & Home’s connections with Do it Best Corp. also allows customers to shop from the convenience of their homes. “Just go to doitbest.com and you can have your order shipped directly to your home or have it delivered freight-free here to Farm & Home,” McKeen said. Farm & Home also does fun promotions for its customers such as its Shopping Spree Give Away. Each spring and fall it runs the $500 Give Away where two customers will each win the big prize. In the past, catalogs were passed out in the store informing customers of the promotion but this year—in order to include more customers—Farm & Home will be distributing over 10,000 catalogs with the help of the Tempo shopper. Watch the Tempo for more information and for the catalog announcing the promotion. The catalog provides just a sampling of the more than 67,000 items Do it Best has to offer. “Every single item is available to our customers,” McKeen said. And if customers cannot find what they want at Farm & Home, McKeen urges them to let any employee know before leaving the store. That will go a long way toward helping Farm & Home along its path of stepping it up in 2019.

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Man pleads guilty to scam

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced recently that Andrew J. Reyment of Cecil pled guilty to three counts of embezzlement on April 22. “One of the many ways that the Wisconsin Department of Justice works to make our communities safer is by investigating and prosecuting financial crimes,” said Attorney General Josh Kaul. “Embezzlement is a serious crime, and I’m glad that DOJ’s work on this case has resulted in a conviction.” Reyment was charged with embezzlement and is accused of a theft scheme in which he made false representations to investors about his fishing lure company and then illegally and without consent converted the investor funds for his own personal use. The Shawano County Sheriff’s Office assisted DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) agents with the arrest of Reyment in Shawano on May 23, 2018 and he was transferred to Brown County Jail on May 24, 2018. Reyment posted on multiple social media sites that he was seeking investors for his corporation, Screamline Lures. As a result of the posts, several individuals responded to Reyment, and based upon false representations, they ultimately invested in Screamline Lures. Reyment, illegally and without consent, then converted the investor funds for his own personal use. The victim investors, located in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Italy, were interviewed by DCI special agents.


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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 at www.fuhrmannheating.com; by calling (920) 756-3277; or e-mailing fuhrmannhtg@fhtgc.com.

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