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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Part of the joy of working with animals is what we can and do learn from them.
  • Recently, I had the privilege of facilitating our first School Board Retreat of 2016.
  • Discussion was had at a local meeting this week about how many activities around here are packed into July and really the entire summer.
  • There is plenty of hypocrisy to go around in the ongoing debate about gun laws.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • The community picnic season is under way, and area residents are once again encouraged to support these events as much as they can.
  • Originating in Latin, the word “placebo” is often translated into English as “I will please.”
  • It is hard to believe we have completed another school year.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Arts integration, with its focus on creativity and connections between art forms and curriculum, has been shown to improve student engagement and achievement.
  • 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.
  • Economists seem to have as difficult a job making accurate predictions these days as do weather forecasters.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When it comes to hair, many of us want what we just don’t have.
  • 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.
  • Progressive activists have finally, blatantly, and unintentionally unveiled their real war on women.
  • 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.
  • An interesting aspect of modern day politics in America is playing out right now in front of everyone’s eyes.
  • 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.
  • A full year has gone by since our Act 32 building projects were started.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Mark Sherry’s use of the word “bubbler” in his most recent article reminded me that words and terms are often regional or generational.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Wisconsin has a jobs crisis.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • Breaking news: “Wisconsin legislators pass a bill requiring private and parochial schools accepting voucher payments to abide by open records and open meetings laws.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • “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.
  • 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 in April.
  • Many Wisconsin communities, especially in rural or light urban areas, rely on pre-hospital, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) care from dedicated volunteers.
  • The conversation at the most recent meeting of the New Holstein Common Council was one worth having but, in the end, the council made the right decision in looking to replace a retiring Department of Public Works employee.
  • Congratulations are in order to Amerequip of Kiel and New Holstein for once again earning a state-level award, this time for its great corporate culture.
    The company has been rapidly growing in recent years both in terms of facilities and personnel.
  • A talk was given in Wausau last week, the title of which was, “What Happened to Economic Opportunity in Wisconsin?”
    There is an easy answer to that question, but please read on....
  • I wore my red leather cowboy boots to church on Sunday.
    It was Valentine’s Day, after all, and the boots nicely matched the sparkly red sweater I wanted to wear one last time before putting it away until next December. Most sparkly wearables in my closet are reserved—my own personal fashion rules, not for anyone else—for the holiday seasons from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day. Those are the short, dark days of winter, when I can use all the sparkle I can get. I have three red sparkly sweaters and a skirt in this category—a V-neck, a turtleneck and a mock turtleneck, plus a skirt that I can’t part with, even though it hasn’t fit me in at least a decade. Sometimes I think about remaking the skirt (bag, hat or muff?), but some part of me clings to the idea that one day it’ll fit again. Depressing, eh? All of the aforementioned red sparklies were picked up at thrift stores, like almost everything else in my wardrobe. But this isn’t about the sparklies—it’s about the boots.
  • When you watch the news, often times it is about all the horrible things going on in the world—shootings, terrorism, accidents, natural disasters, and the list could go on.
    It’s easy to get caught up in the events and start to feel paranoid and unsafe about your homeland. Our society has changed a lot over the years as a result of some of these acts of violence. We now have law enforcement officers in schools, extra security in airports, and many other examples of heightened security in our daily lives.
  • This newspaper has long had a policy of not endorsing political candidates in any race, at least not in this editorial space.
    Based on what is happening in the current presidential race, any candidate this newspaper would have endorsed probably should be thankful for that policy.
  • On Feb. 16, the Kiel School District residents will be asked to vote in a primary election for two seats on the school board.  This is a very important vote as it impacts the future direction of our school district. The top four out of five candidates from the primary will move to the ballot in April.
    The School Board is a group of people who are elected to make decisions about how to manage a school system. 
  • 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.
  • 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 t