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PONDER THIS—Great people make for great stories
I must admit to being something of an information sponge. I love to learn and delve into unique stories and situations.
EDITORIAL—‘Obamacare’ needs to be on agenda
Whomever is elected the next president of the U.S. should and almost surely will have government-sponsored health insurance near the top of their agenda.
ASSEMBLY REPORT—Elections have consequences
“I hate politics.” “I don’t like politicians.” “I don’t follow elections.” “What I think doesn’t matter.” Do these words sound familiar? I hear them all too often and it saddens me.
KIELEIDOSCOPE—Preparing to begin another school year
In only two short weeks the Kiel Area School District will begin the 2016-2017 school year.
MADISON REPORT—Reducing state’s skills gap
In April, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent, a mark that remains below the national level of 5.0 percent.
A HAND IN HEALTH—Take ounce of prevention to keep elderly from falls
Falling is never good at any age, but is a particularly hazardous event for the elderly, who are not able to reduce the impact of a fall as well as those of younger ages.
EDITORIAL—The bottom of page 4...
The continuing saga of the Steven Avery/Brendan Dassey murder case took another big twist this past week with news that a judge has ordered that Dassey either be released or retried within the next 90 days.
PONDER THIS—First flight a memorable but scary one
Another year has come and gone for airplane and flying enthusiasts attending the Experimental Aircraft Association Airventure (EAA) in Oshkosh.
WISDOM FROM WILLOWDALE—Take steps to prevent effects of heat exhaustion
Heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths in Wisconsin and in the U.S.
EDITORIAL—Good jobs in good communities
Among the top goals most people have in their lives is to have a good job—one they like with decent pay and benefits—and to live in a community they enjoy.
RUTH'S REFLECTIONS—Trip back from Alaska goes as well as trip there
Our journey home from Alaska was every bit as enjoyable as it was getting there.
EDITORIAL—Accident redaction lifted in Calumet
A commendation is in order for Calumet County officials for removing the redaction order on certain aspects of public documents, although an asterisk needs to be placed on that commendation.
RUTH'S REFLECTIONS—Now or never, off to our Alaska dream trip
In the past thirty-odd years, at various times we’ve owned a small motor home, two slide-in truck campers, and a fifth-wheel trailer.
FROM NEW HOLSTEIN CITY HALL—Come on out to Airport Day and enjoy EAA connection
In this season of never ending events I would like to invite you to our New Holstein Airport Day on Sunday, July 24 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
EDITORIAL—Calling out hate, anger as destructive forces
In the summer of 2016, the large majority of our nation is absolutely appalled and fearful over the vicious attacks on law enforcement across the nation.
PONDER THIS—Big lessons learned from little horse
Part of the joy of working with animals is what we can and do learn from them.
KIELEIDOSCOPE—Board retreats to focus on its path
Recently, I had the privilege of facilitating our first School Board Retreat of 2016.
EDITORIAL—Keep supporting summer events
Discussion was had at a local meeting this week about how many activities around here are packed into July and really the entire summer.
EDITORIAL—More deserving of protection?
There is plenty of hypocrisy to go around in the ongoing debate about gun laws.
CHILTON SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS—Technology integration critical to school districts
Throughout each spring, summer and fall, a beige sedan is driven down the road by a crop analyst who is marking aerial images of fields.
RUTH'S REFLECTIONS—Is Up North a place? And if so, where exactly is it?
When someone around here says they’re “going up north” for the weekend, a friend might reply, “So are we, so we’ll see you up there.”
EDITORIAL—Support local community picnics
The community picnic season is under way, and area residents are once again encouraged to support these events as much as they can.
A HAND IN HEALTH—Psychology of health care: The ‘Placebo Effect’
Originating in Latin, the word “placebo” is often translated into English as “I will please.”
KIELEIDOSCOPE—Kiel Schools continue to shine in many areas
It is hard to believe we have completed another school year.
FROM THE SENATE—Committee recommends decreasing lake Chinook
On Monday, June 13 the Lake Michigan Committee recommended the reduction of stocking Chinook salmon in Lake Michigan by over 60 percent beginning in the spring of 2017.
EDITORIAL—Overreaction, reaction to Orlando
Last weekend’s massacre at a Florida night club was an act of terrorism and was the single deadliest incident on U.S. soil since the 9/11 attacks.
CHILTON SCHOOL DISTRICT—Arts remain focus at Chilton Schools
Arts integration, with its focus on creativity and connections between art forms and curriculum, has been shown to improve student engagement and achievement.
RUTH'S REFLECTIONS—Plastic comes in handy when receipt missing
When shopping, whether checking out online or in a store, I always ask for a receipt, and I willingly accept a bag for most purchases.
EDITORIAL—A funky economy
Economists seem to have as difficult a job making accurate predictions these days as do weather forecasters.
EDITORIAL—On to next stage
There has been much to celebrate in the area in the past week and more to come as high school graduates close one chapter in their lives and open another.
CHILTON SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS—Athletes continue to prepare in summer
Since its inception, the Chilton Booster Club (CBC) has offered great financial support to the School District of Chilton athletic teams, and that was no different during the 2015-’16 school year.
RUTH'S REFLECTIONS—Summer hair control becomes a full-time job
When it comes to hair, many of us want what we just don’t have.
EDITORIAL—Isn’t there anything better to do?
Vandalism never makes any sense, but repeatedly vandalizing something created by a community’s residents to help improve that community really ruffles one’s feathers.
ASSEMBLY REPORT—Bathroom issue really part of war on women
Progressive activists have finally, blatantly, and unintentionally unveiled their real war on women.
KIELEIDOSCOPE—Administrator reflects on several milestones
On May 29, we will congratulate one hundred and twenty seniors as they graduate from high school into adulthood. We will also bid farewell to our retirees - Becky Warden, Jim Riehn, Bev Schwoerer, Paula De Smidt, Wally Schneider and Mary Beth Klemme and thank them for their years of service to the district.
EDITORIAL—Blind following an issue in U.S. politics
An interesting aspect of modern day politics in America is playing out right now in front of everyone’s eyes.
RUTH'S REFLECTIONS—Meatloaf musings—both singer, supper
I’ve always liked meatloaf—I’m talking about the food dish here, not the band formed back in the 1970s by Marvin Aday, who also uses Meatloaf as his stage name.
CHILTON SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS—Status report on Act 32 projects in Chilton schools
A full year has gone by since our Act 32 building projects were started.
EDITORIAL—School districts making use of law
Wisconsin school districts—including those in the Tri-County News area—have done the right thing to take advantage of a 2009 law permitting them to do major energy efficiency projects without having to go to referendum.
EDITORIAL—World remains a place of tension
Anyone who watches the national news saw a reminder recently that the world remains a place of political tension—not that anyone really needed that reminder.
CHILTON SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS—Performing arts get strong participation
Involvement in artistic and cultural activities “enriches our experiences, expands our sensibilities, and enhances our understanding,” according to Vassar’s Institute for Innovation in Social Policy (IISP).
READER OPINION—Mouth, district will need some healing
Mark Sherry’s use of the word “bubbler” in his most recent article reminded me that words and terms are often regional or generational.
RUTH'S REFLECTIONS—These tricks work for this writer to break block
We writers are a superstitious lot.
We’re not concerned with avoiding black cats, sidewalk cracks, or stepladders, unless they fit into a story somewhere. Our unique superstitions involve the writing itself—the actual craft. We know that writing is more than any talent we possess. But that, along with a love of language and a curious nature, certainly help. The rest is a kind of magic that comes and goes at its own whim.
EDITORIAL—Giving due credit for lower fuel prices
Lower gas prices paid at the pump over the past half year or so have not been good for Wall Street, but they have been good for the American consumer.
KIELEIDOSCOPE—Kiel Area Board set to launch new beginning
The school board election is over and in May we launch a new beginning. We congratulate our newest member, Randall Bonde, and our returning incumbent, Dan Dietrich. Congratulations and welcome to the Kiel Area School District School Board!
ASSEMBLY REPORT—Wisconsin has job crisis
Wisconsin has a jobs crisis.
EDITORIAL—Voter ID more much ado about nothing
Last week in this space readers read about how Wisconsinites continue to flock to get concealed carry permits yet the state has not turned into the wild West scene that some people predicted a few years ago.
CHILTON SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS—Demographics of Chilton School District changing
When asked to envision learning in schools, many individuals visualize rows of desks filled with well-groomed children of similar ethnicity.
An energetic teacher is at the front of the class explaining a lesson and responding to questions of those that have raised their hands. Any disruptive student is out of the classroom allowing all to learn in a pleasant environment. This once classic picture of an average classroom is no longer realistic for most public K-12 classrooms.
RUTH'S REFLECTION—Steadily becoming an app master
At first, I only wanted to a) make phone calls, and b) check my e-mails more easily than I could with previous cell phones. I had absolutely no interest in any other apps, or the phone’s other built-in features. I’m not actually sure which things are apps and which are features—maybe it doesn’t matter. I was also concerned that I might accidently download an app that would turn out to be expensive, so I was very cautious. As time has passed, however, I’ve decided that as long as I don’t have to enter credit card information, I’d be willing to consider an app. Since I’m still discovering the free stuff, why would I want to spend any money on apps, anyway?
EDITORIAL—300K and counting
A few weeks ago a milestone of sorts was reached.
On March 24, the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Criminal Information Bureau’s (CIB) Firearms Unit issued the 300,000th concealed carry permit since the program’s inception in 2011.
ASSEMBY REPORT—‘Free money’ could hurt private, parochial schools
Breaking news: “Wisconsin legislators pass a bill requiring private and parochial schools accepting voucher payments to abide by open records and open meetings laws.”
EDITORIAL—Clean up after pets
Sooner or later warmer weather will arrive and stay for a while, and with it pet owners will be more inclined to take their dogs out for walks.
In addition to their dog, a collar, and a leash, required equipment for everyone who walks their dog must be something to clean up after them in case they have an accident.
RUTH'S REFLECTION—Brain, dreams can do some silly things at times
If you’re thinking that this sounds like the opening line of a vintage Twilight Zone episode, I noticed that, too. But let’s press on anyway. The irony is that in order to actually consider the human mind, one has to use one’s mind, or brain, if you prefer. Dang, this still sounds like a Twilight Zone episode. I can even picture Rod Serling’s dark suit, narrow tie, and impressive eyebrows, and hear his carefully controlled voice (like he was talking through clenched teeth) with the spooky theme song playing in the background. That’s not where I intended to go with this opening. Time out to focus.
FROM THE SENATE—Senator: New gas tax not way to better roads
We all want good roads.
Wisconsin’s manufacturing, service, agriculture, and tourism industries require well maintained roads to allow for the free movement of goods and people. Where the agreement ends is how we go about paying for these improvements. Recently some have argued conservatives should embrace a gas tax increase. I, and many other conservative legislators, did not go to Madison to raise taxes. Before conservatives even consider any increased transportation funding, every last efficiency at the DOT must be identified and implemented and for no reason should we increase the overall tax burden on the taxpayers of Wisconsin.
CHILTON SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS—CTE gets students ready for workforce
Chilton High School principal
Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at Chilton High School (CHS) prepare students for a wide range of careers that reflect the modern workplace.
EDITORIAL—Big votes being cast next Tuesday
There are plenty of reasons why residents of the Tri-County News area should go to the polls next Tuesday, April 5 to cast their votes.
The fact that it is their civic duty and a right earned and preserved for them by the blood of others over the last couple centuries is always reason number one.
KIELEIDOSCOPE—Organizations must work together
If one reads any research on continuous improvement in business or education you will read about the importance of building a positive culture. In fact, without the right culture the efforts to change and improve will not take place. A positive culture is a critical element in growth and improvement.
EDITORIAL—Sun shines, at least in some places
Last week was Sunshine Week in Wisconsin.
It is not a day to finally celebrate the appearance of the sun here after a long winter—there is probably snow outside as this is being read—but it is a week to promote open records in government.
CHILTON SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS—Prescription medications being misused
Police School Liaison Officer
There is an increasingly serious threat to the safety of the children in our community, and it is right in your home—your medicine cabinet.
Prescription drug abuse among teens is becoming more common, and the effects can be extremely dangerous—both short term and long term.
THE MAYOR'S UPDATE—Community Center plans progressing
The City of Kiel established the Friends of the Community Center organization late last year and the committee has been meeting monthly to revitalize the Community Center programming and facilities. This organization is an appointed committee of the City of Kiel government and is governed by approved by-laws. The committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 2:00 P.M. at the Community Center and anyone interested in Center activities are welcomed to attend.
EDITORIAL—Support vets drive
Do we only honor our Armed Forces veterans one or two days out of the year?
Calumet County Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3153 is presently conducting a county-wide drive to collect items which will be taken to the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King.
A HAND IN HEALTH—Golfers swing into summer with chiropractic care
There’s little doubt that elite golfers (and their coaches and trainers) recognize the value of chiropractic care.
But what about the weekend warrior? Can chiropractic care help the average golfer play better, longer and with fewer injuries?
EDITORIAL—Hey, Ben Harrison got one through!
To appoint or not to appoint, that is the question.
Actually, it is somewhat of a waste of time to discuss whether or not a new Supreme Court justice should be appointed by President Barack Obama and ratified by Congress before the next president takes over. It seems fairly clear that the president will appoint someone and that Congress will reject the appointment, especially if all that happens soon. This will be one time where an executive order will not work.
RUTH'S REFLECTIONS—Sometimes instructions actually make sense
“When all else fails, read the instruction manual.”
I’ve gleefully teased others with this old adage for years when they jump in to assemble, use or repair something without reviewing the directions. I was surprised recently, however, to discover that the saying also applies to me. I had just sat down at my sewing machine to do a quick mend on the back right pocket (that all-important smart phone holding zone) of my favorite jeans. The fabric surrounding the pocket’s left upper corner had worn away to mere threads. A tiny hole had widened into an inch wide gap. It was way past time to reinforce the spot with an inside patch and some strategically placed zig zag stitching.
CHILTON SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS—Summer school, swim lessons planned
The Chilton School District once again will be providing summer school opportunities.
We will be following a similar approach to last year by offering activities in three main areas to better serve the needs of our students—Enrichment instruction, Remedial instruction, and Tiger Sports Drills and Skills.
Several aspects of the program will be similar while others are new. Please be aware that transportation (busing) is not provided for summer school sessions. The summer school registration and class information catalog will be available online at www.chilton.k12.wi.us/ in April.