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  • Kudos are in order this week for Riesterer & Schnell, a locally based business which has made a very generous donation to the coming Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center.
    In light of its 85th anniversary in business and recognizing that northeast Wisconsin farmers are who got them to this point, Riesterer & Schnell’s Board of Directors last week approved a donation of $250,000 to the center.
  • The legacy of Barack Hussein Obama has received considerable attention for the past several months.
    The American people have rejected some of his policies because his policies are contrary to the American philosophy of liberty and freedom.
    Citizens have concluded that the Obama legacy must die. This massive, socialist government with all its political correctness, taxes, regulations, and executive orders must be removed from its suffocating blanket of influence over the American people.
  • A HAND IN HEALTH—Get out on slopes or somewhere and move
    I had the pleasure of spending the last week of January in Winter Park, Colorado, for a family ski vacation.
    It had been two years since the entire family went to Colorado, and that last trip in 2013 was a doozy. Both Estelle and Edwin became very ill and barely left the house, and our flight home was delayed seven hours. Not fun....
  • Throughout my first term in office, I have had the opportunity to participate as a member of the Assembly Health Committee.
    Over the past few weeks, the committee has held hearings on administrative rules. After a law is passed, the state agency that oversees the program creates rules to comply with the new law. During one of these hearings, we had the opportunity to listen to disabled adults and parents of disabled children tell their stories concerning prior authorization for physical, occupational and speech therapy in the Medicaid program. When a person with a disability requires therapy, they must petition the Department of Health Services (DHS) as often as every three months, even if they are permanently disabled, have already gone through prior authorization and have been approved by their for-profit insurance carrier.
  • Now that we’re almost a week into February, we can look forward to a flurry of cool February events (double pun intended), including this Saturday’s ice carving contest in Kiel.
    In the 20-something year history of this event, local temperatures on February’s first weekend have ranged from almost 40 degrees above to several degrees below zero—with or without snow.
  • In response to the Jan. 7, 2016 Tri-County News article and editorial regarding the sale of Badger Creek Golf Course, I feel it is appropriate to quell all the rumors that have been going around town. As the late Paul Harvey said in his radio broadcasts, “And now...the rest of the story.”
    As you may or may not know, a passion of mine over the last several years was to help improve one of the amenities in this area, Badger Creek Golf Course. One of the ways I was involved at Badger Creek was in the formation of the Badger Creek Men’s Club (BCMC) in 2002. The BCMC’s motto is: “Organized to promote good fellowship and golf at Badger Creek Golf Course.”
  • Welcome to the 2016 edition of the School District of Chilton Spring Newsletter!
    Yes, I did say spring. As I write this letter, we are preparing for a heavy snowstorm to descend upon the area within the next day or two. Wisconsin winter weather certainly has its challenges, but spring is surely on its way!
  • I feel the need to set the record straight on Dennis Gasper’s statement, and I quote, “In Wisconsin we avoided the spectacle of a Bankrupt Pension System through Governor Walker’s Act 10 reforms.”
  • There is a long way to go before the next U.S. president is elected, but the results of Monday’s caucuses in Iowa did serve to bring even greater interest to the races.
  • In recent decades people have often complained about how it could be possible that people who commit unspeakable crimes such as murder could ever get out of prison.
  • Two of my favorite exercises are simple push-ups and squats.
    They’re extremely effective, biomechanically challenging, and very helpful for individuals with low back and/or midback/shoulder pain. They’re also the kind of exercise that you should aim to be able to do relatively easily, no matter how old you are. Today, let’s talk about push-ups.
    About two or three times a year I decide it’s a good idea to see if I can do 100 straight push-ups. I heard about this particular challenge and found a training plan on www.hundredpushups.com and went to work. I even won $100 off a poor fella who didn’t think I could do it this past August. Little did he know that I had just finished the training and accomplished the goal of 100 consecutive push-ups just the previous week. I guess I could have shared that little bit of information with him.
  • So many interesting articles in the Jan. 7 edition of the Tri-County News.
    Mark Sherry is always an interesting read and Mikes Mathes’ view on the Green Bay Packers echoed the mind-set of the probably close to 100 percent of their fans. Reader John Goswitz of Manitowoc hit the nail on the head many times and probably unintended and unknowingly supported things that I’ve bee trumpeting for years with a bit of Charles Hartman intellect thrown along in. Then the interesting article by Jeff Goeldi and his disenchantment with my view on Muslims. I tend to give people 100 points, and let them take those points away. If a line in the sand were to be drawn I think I know where Jeff’s alliance would lie. None the less, I’m sure he means well, so his thoughts are welcome and they open more cans of worms.
  • Our family had our post-December Christmas get-together on Jan. 9 this year.
    Our grown-up children and their children have their own Christmas traditions now, so we’ve been getting most everyone together a week or more after Christmas for several years now. I like it this way. Allowing us to focus on the church celebration of the festival first, with a family celebration a couple weeks later, has added a measure of peace to the holiday season. It also gives us more time to plan, decorate, clean, bake and cook!
    By the time we finished off the leftovers and packed up the tree and holiday decorations last weekend, I realized with surprise that the month of January is more than half over.
  • Level heads need to prevail in Manitowoc County as officials discuss the possibility of a Meijer store locating on the current Expo grounds.
    As previously reported in the Tri-County News, the proposal would enable the large retailer to locate a store in Manitowoc, but it would cost the Expo grounds its grandstand and track. That is what makes this a local issue for the Tri-County News area as there are race car drivers from Kiel, New Holstein and elsewhere in this area who call that their home track, not to mention local race fans who enjoy watching those events in the spring, summer, and fall.
  • The Department of Public Instruction collects enrollment data from all school districts twice a year. This data is used as part of the school funding formula to determine revenue limits and state aid. School Districts across the state of Wisconsin are experiencing a trend of declining enrollment. This is a highly talked about subject, especially when discussing state funding.
  • The City of Kiel budget for 2016 was approved with no major changes anticipated for 2016. The budget for the city calls for an increase in spending of 3% to just over $2.8 million. City taxpayers saw an increase in the levy of 1.24% with the tax rate remaining at just over $5 per $1000 of an assessed property value. On the revenue side of the budget property taxes make up 40% of the city income, followed by intergovernmental revenue (state shared revenue and transportation aids) at 28%, other finances (taxes and transfers from utilities) at 15% and charges for public services (garbage and recycling pickup) at 7%. On the expenditure side of the budget public safety (police and fire protection) makes up 36% of the budget followed by public works (streets, signs, snow removal, storm sewers) at 22%, debt service at 15%, culture and recreation (library, community center, parks) at 11% and capital outlay at 8%. Overall this is a good budget for the city and the city is in good shape financially. Looking forward, over the next several years, we will see the closing of a TIF district and some retirement of debt that will allow for increased expenditures on city infrastructure such as roads. The lean years of the past are behind us and the outlook is positive.
  • Condolences offered to Henrietta Blatz family.
  • Vern knew about stories, and wrote her own
    The community of New Holstein took its collective hats off to Vern Rolbiecki last week, honoring her for outstanding service to the community during her lifetime as a New Holstein resident and civic leader.
  • The last eight political years have taken from me the profound, soul-stirring emotion that once came to me with each new year for I have learned that each of the last eight years is verily one like another.
  • Now that it’s early January again, many of us are reluctantly preparing to submit to that dreaded, annual, sometimes painful procedure—no, not a colonoscopy—I’m talking about New Year’s resolutions.



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