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home : news : kiel news
August 23, 2019


1/2/2008 1:35:00 PM
Kiel Headlines 2007

By Mike Mathes
TC News publisher


To some readers, Kiel's major economic development headlines near the end of December may seem like the biggest news of the year.

To others, who followed developments throughout the year, the signed agreements between the City of Kiel and its two largest employers were only the culmination of a year-long effort to promote industrial expansion in Kiel.

Those two expansions top the list of stories for 2007, bringing good news to Kiel on the economic and employment front.

Stoelting, LLC and Polar Ware (its Sheboygan-based parent company) were lured to expand and consolidate operations in Kiel, with the city's assistance. The move not only preserved jobs already located in Kiel, but convinced the company to move its Polar Ware operations from Sheboygan to Kiel, bringing those jobs here as well.

In the process, Kiel City officials worked with Economic Development Corporation of Manitowoc County and the State of Wisconsin to provide fiscal support for the move. Kiel's portion of that support includes a $350,000 economic development grant generated from Tax Incremental District funds.

In addition to bringing more jobs to the community, the Stoelting/Polar Ware consolidation includes a $3.5 million expansion project at its STH 67 site.

Sargento also moving ahead

Likewise, the City of Kiel worked with Sargento Foods to help facilitate their expansion project, with an estimated value of $8 million at its Kiel site.

The expansion will improve loading and unloading areas, but will also facilitate the addition of more manufacturing lines.

More jobs are expected to be created as a result.

Again, the city worked in consortium with the EDC to create an incentive and assistance package. City of Kiel officials signed an agreement to provide Sargento with a grant valued at 10% of the expansion. Like the grant to Stoelting/PolarWare, the monies are generated from the tax increments in the TIF district. Neither project has an impact on the city's current operating budget.

In other development notes, the plans in Kiel moved forward on three major housing projects, including Kieland Meadows, Duke Estates and the Oak Park Assisted Living complex.

Major retail news made a positive impact on Kiel, as the Doute family announced plans to move the Sears franchise store from Chilton to Kiel. They held their grand opening this past spring.

School plans move forward

Right behind the economic development news, was the news that the Kiel Area Schools are beginning to look at the next phase of needed facilities and technology improvements.

School officials began talking this year about the need to study the district's needs.

Jim Pankow Construction of Plymouth was hired out of a list of several design/build firms. In December, Pankow Construction met with the Board of Education to do an initial walk-through of Kiel's educational facilities. The school district is also looking at forming a citizens committee to review needs and recommendations in preparation for a potential 2008 referendum to fund the improvements.

Community rocked by fatalities

A year of positive economic news was also matched by a year of tragic news for the Kiel community.

Throughout the year, several tragic vehicular accidents claimed the lives of well-known young people in the Kiel area.

Families and the community alike were rocked by the deaths of brothers-in-law David Karstaedt and Keith Jochimsen in a two-truck accident near St. Nazianz. The year began on a tragic note with a pair of 21-year-olds losing their lives in two separate accidents. Christopher Kloppenburg was killed near Plymouth on New Year's Day. Tori Heimann was killed near St. Anna in a February accident where her car was struck by an alleged drunk driver.

Two other young men from the Valders area were also killed in accidents that occurred in the News coverage area.

Tragedy struck the Scott and Sheila Ramminger family early in February when a devastating fire totally destroyed their Town of Schleswig home. The home of the Kevin Nett family on Whipporwhil Lane in the Town of Eaton became victimized by fire late in the year.

Among the other top news stories of the year were the following-

n Governor Doyle reception hosted in Kiel during Capital Week in Manitowoc County;

n Manitowoc County agrees to sell health care center;

n Ss. Peter and Paul/Holy Rosary merger results in the creation of Divine Savior School plan; and

n talk about eliminating a messy goose problem permeates fabric of community discussions.

A summerical rundown of headlines for the year follows.

JANUARY

New Year's Day crash claims life of Chris Kloppenburg...Newcomer Mary Christel files papers to challenge for 5th District Council seat...Ss. Peter & Paul, Holy Rosary merger plan gets diocesan blessing...Ready to Run dog training opens in Kiel...Kiel's growth continues, administrator tells chamber...Mike Geurts reflects on three decades as WWTP administrator in Kiel...Meeme LEADS receiveds $150K grant...Manitowoc County Clerk's race requires primary...Rich Ward to challenge Val Jean Marcoe for Meeme constable...Agnes Kammann named Cleveland postmaster...Outhouse races plan a new venue this year...Gries, Werdeo honored for crossing guard work...Sargento contribution to help Kiel Ambulance...KPD sets sights on new squad car for '07...HUI nominated for WI manufacturer of year...Kiel Library tackles digitizing history...Preschool prepares for another winter carnival...Rockville bridge could be out longer than expected...Rick Christel, Ron Hoerth vie for Eaton supervisor...SPPS, Holy Rosary plan opposite day...Kiel Baseball team to host first-ever trivia contest...SPPS church hall dedicated to memory of Elwood Voland...

FEBRUARY

Douglas P. Susen, 44, injures girlfriend Christine Bonebrake, kills self in shooting incident in Town of Rhine...Frozen art dots Kiel landscape, winners of ice sculpting include Trail's End, Ramminger Interiors, First National Bank...Rev. David Mercer accepts call as new pastor of St. Peter's UCC...Outhouse races take to fast track at Gravel Pit...Kiel Fire Department points to annual losses over $288K in Kiel...City of Kiel declines option to purchase residence at 619 Paine Street...Empty bowls dinner helps fight hunger...Fire guts home of Scott and Sheila Ramminger...Kiel firefighter Darrick Lorbiecki injured fighting blaze...Two car crash near St. Anna claims life of Kiel woman, Tori Heimann, 21...Jeffrey Niesen, Howards Grove, who allegedly fled the scene of the crash, is arrested and charged with homicide by intoxicated use of motor vehicle and hit and run resulting in death...Rockville bridge replacement starts...Schleswig financial condition is solid...Kiel girls swim team to partner with Elkhart Lake...Ron Reese, Barry Blatz picked as co-presidents for merged Catholic School...Kiel Baseball Club hosts first trivia contest...Kiel Rec Department to host health fair...Candidates for county clerk include Jamie Aulik, Jim Brey, Adam Drossart, Mike Flentje, JoAnn Lesser and Ken Scherer...Doutes closing Chilton Sears store, moving franchise to Kiel...Kiel Police Officer James Blanke named department employee of the year for efforts in Shop with A Cop program...Sargento Foods addition, DeBruin Construction projects discussed by Kiel Council...City eyes benefits of closing out TID #3...Pekarske Builders named 2007 Home Builder of the Year...School liaison officer makes report to board...

MARCH

Kiel band uniform designed approved, uniforms on order...Jamie Aulik wins Democratic primary for Manitowoc County Clerk, to face Kisten Dobbs...Lindsi Ertel returns from Swiss exchange program...Kris August picked to head Kiel's wastewater treatment operations...Courtney Toepel picked to join Kids from Wisconsin...KHS teen fashion show to tout handmade, natural fabric clothing...City agrees to assist H. G. Weber Company with environmental cleanup...Dr. Travis Andersen opens Kiel Chiropractic Clinic...Schleswig Board turns down Cellcom tower conditional use permit...Kiel FFA celebrates FFA week...Kiel Sleigh Bell Run distributes funds to Big Brothers/Sisters of Manitowoc and Sheboygan County...City OKs changes to IBEW contract...Information sought on theft of Bobcat in Newton area...Kiel SHARE site wins Snowflake Award...Character traits taught through Boomerang program...Newcomer Marilyn Stenske challenges Dan Dietrich, Mary Adleman for school board seats...Bob Ziegelbauer pushes for Manitowoc County Health Care Center sale...

APRIL

Mary Christel unseats incumbent Council member Wil Foerster for 5th District seat... Kiel brothers Caleb and Jacob Schmitt score high on academic talent search...City hears plans on Oak Park Development and condo development between Second and Fourth Streets...Castle Theater hosts melodrama...Rev. Timothy Fulop fills interim at First Presbyterian...Kiel Police Department adopts new patch...Kiel Schools feted for technology innovations...District hires pair of new staffers...Dietrich, Adelman win Kiel board seats...Counseling undergoes major shift in Kiel Schools...Larry Konetzke named principal of new merged Catholic grade schools...Richard Glomski defeats Jerry Voechting for Schleswig supervisor seat...Incumbent constable Val Jean Marco re-elected...Jamie Aulik named Manitowoc County Clerk by voters...KACEY's youth center to close in Kiel after 6 years of operation...Kiel cracks down on junk vehicles, debris...Transmission company error forces Kiel power outages...Three juveniles cited for paintball vandalism...Stolen pickup truck later collides with police vehicle...City reconfigures borrowing to account for public works needs...Sears celebrates grand opening in Kiel...Area firefighters update Meeme Town Baord...Additional township patrols help improve Schleswig safety...Schleswig's role in Smart Growth moves forward...Supervisor Georged Herrmann steps down after 10 years on Schleswig Board...Sheila Lackershire shares story of completing her late father's journey to the top of Kilimanjaro in Africa...City officials sworn in, including Council members Meyer, Brocker, Christel and Mayor Robert Werdeo, Jr....Kiel eSchool efforts show positive results...Board declines role in Lighthouse study...Dr. J. P. Guenveur retires after 58 years of service to the Kiel community as an optometrist...

MAY

Condo plans get a green light for area north of Third Street...Community based residential facility, Oak Creek Assisted Living, gets Council OK...Rebuilding Together provides Kiel resident with a new roof...Family of Tori Heimann donates to Kiel Public Library...KMS morning traffic solutions sought...Fencing issue sent to committee...Three choices given for renaming Catholic school changes...Jeff Niesen bound over for probably cause in Feb. 11 vehicular death of Tori Heimann...Betty Bollis named Employee of Year for Amerequip...Calumet Smart Growth in home stretch...Governor announces plans to visit Kiel on Capital for the Day date, May 22...Kiel OK's revenue bonds to support potential Stoelting expansion, PolarWare relocation...Kiel Council approves financing motions for public works projects...Two teachers hired for new school year...Officers to wait tables in Kiel for Shop with A Cop fundraiser...Non-profit groups gear up for new food service rules...Zielanis students learn at hobby-vocational day...Girl accused of making bomb threat at Kiel High School...Cynthia Schmahl renamed as school board president...Homes sought for 2007 Christmas Walk event...Gov. James Doyle attends reception at Kiel High School...First Lady Jessica Doyle chats with American Government students at KHS...City seeks bids for second power feeder line...Top scholars at KHS are Ashley Walsdorf, Katie Herzog and Maggie Briggs-Dineen...Arno Platz, Willard Schnur and Doc Guenveur feted for years of parish service...Gov. Doyle presents Manitowoc County with $405,000 grant for economic development and land use planning...Soaring Eagle to host dairy breakfast...Co-curricular code undergoes revisions at KHS...

JUNE

Bill Jartz encourages Kiel grads to soar...Kiel schools to participate in joint review of proposed TID revisions...Kiel garden walk plans in full swing...KMB plays inaugural concert of summer series...Amerequip seeks permission to extend emissions permit...Final SPPS class graduates before Catholic Schools merger...Kiel alters TID #2 plan to pave way for PolarWare relocation here...Firefighters to host funraising cyclists...Sandy Schmeck, Robert Plahmer and Karen Habermann honored by Kiel Area Schools for distinguished services...Divine Savior selected as Catholic school name, Knights picked as mascot...Brats boil and beer flows at German Day...Elementary School principal Chad Ramminger takes dip in KHS pool after students meet reading challenge...Kiel Police Department initiates KPD Bay...St. Peter's UCC observes 50th birthday of denomination...Sargento Foods acquires Portionables...HUI, Cleveland State Bank help with LTC apprenticeships...Technology role growing in classrooms...Haile Zepnick earns title of Little Miss Polish Fest...UW's Mike Lekrone tabbed as speaker for Glory Days VII banquet...Developer Hillcrest Builders signs pact for Kieland Meadows subdivision...Kieland Meadows named picked as winner in contest, Patrick Rowland is submitter...Kiel Council, mayor talk tough about the geese problem in Kiel...Victor Schueller competes in Rising Stars competition...Darrick Lorbiecki joins state trooper recruit class...Storybook characters is theme for Kiel Parade...

JULY

Fence issues referred to committee...City, police settle on 3-year contract...Ant Hill Mob plans 100 mile charity ride (23rd time)...Taller communications tower com ing to Kiel...Pottermania comes to Kiel Public Library...KPD joins missing child program...Waack Park dedicated by City of Kiel...Voechting, Lukas and Kluss reappointed to LTC board...Kiel Utilities plans to upgarde feeder line...Condo developers anxious to start moving dirt...Nigrelli seeks license renewal...Council support sought for County Health Care Center...

Man allegedly approaches girls in Kiel park...Favorable bids shelved by gas line challenges...Playhouse raffle benefits Kiel park improvements...Fence ordinance proposal reviewed for hearing...Cancer survivor Karen Wydner-Krause to speak at ACS Relay for Life...Al Doebert slated to join KFAA Hall of Fame...

AUGUST

Firefighter fundraiser ride ends in Kiel...Manitowoc County exec threatens veto on levy referendum...Adult, two youths arrested in string of thefts...Gas line break from construction accident interrupts service...Polar Ware employees share in brat fry at future home, at Kiel's Stoelting LLC location...Kiel Area Community Chest disbands Kiel Parade grocery cart food drive...Park Avenue plans move beyond gas line snag...Kiel Public Library to rekindle its book club...Professor Michael Lekrone tells KFAA to focus on "moments of happiness"....Two new crosswalk signs stolen in Kiel...Radio Shack seeks investor to begin franchise in Kiel...Ziegelbauer follows through with veto promise...Hooked on Books wraps up at Meeme...Kiel school facilities, technology needs could lead to a referendum vote...Schleswig crash claims life of Joshua Jaeckel...Mayors settle wage for Guns and Hoses I, Mayor Karrels acts as chauffeur for Mayor Werdeo...Ramminger Interiors/America's Best float wins Kiel competition...Town attempts to enforce driveway permit stiplations...Bella's Custom Design moves to an online presence, closing Kiel storefront...Terry Nigrelli requests hearing on liquor license application...Artist Tim Laun, Kiel native, opens Favre exhibit in Madison...Ziegelbauer recall begins, county exec responds...Kiel mayor helps organize local goose hunt...Michael Meisner steps down from Kiel Board of Education...Facilities assessment effort will involve discussion with several design-build firms...New teachers join Kiel Schools staff...Amanda Ash shows top junior heifer and Manitowoc County Fair...Jeremy Bitter, Katie Kissinger and Tiffany Nohl show top sheep at fair...

SEPTEMBER

Sargento plans expansion with assistance from City of Kiel...Open house at KPL debuts Cozy Corner restoration...Council updated on environmental TID situation...DOT issues revised plans for Kiel roundabouts...Area teens walk to combat hunger...Board considers policy on recognition naming...Kiel board hires Stacy Schraven to fill math opening...County Clerk to share root beer floats in Kiel...Officers John White and Andrew Wagner sworn in for Kiel Police Department...KPD lobby project gets okay...Kiel Police apprehend three juveniles in rail trestle arson...Eggerts Eye Care Center moves to Park Avenue location...Bank Mutual celebrating its 115th year...Oak Creek Assisted living to open Oct. 15...School Hill park has new concession stand...Scott Lieburn chosen to fill board seat...Christmas Walk seeks hosts, decorators...New babies introduced to students, parents...

OCTOBER

Kiel Utility retains services of Manitowoc Public Utilties...Kieland Meadows project moves a step closer...Northeast Asphalt earns bid for Water Street patchwork...Area ag businesses share career insights...Deacon VandeHey named St. Thomas Parish director...Kiel Electric Utility signs long term contract with GLU...Work begins on erecting new Kiel communications tower...MidShore Builders hosts annual tour of homes...Kiel Schools gifted program makes strides...UWGB cheerleaders come to Kiel Schools...Memorial walk for Adam Bonde held at Walla Hi...City agrees to sell tract to Sargento for addition, part of walking trail to be rerouted...Design/build firms interview with Board...New digitized history effort unveiled by librarian...KPD works on emergency scenarios in empty KHS halls...Town mulls fate of road's name-Ucker Point or Point Creek?...Ice Sculpture dates set for February 2, 2008...Ground being moved north of Third Streets for Duke Estates condominium development...Corn fire calls out Kiel, NH fire departments to Country Horizons storage facility...City of Kiel partners with Economic Development Corporation of Manitowoc County for economic development incentives...Brenda Veldboom MSN, NP joins David Deubler at Aurora Health Care's Kiel Center...School district sets tentative levy, with budget of state undetermined...Lola Roeh added to Community Bank & Trust of Elkhart Lake's Board of Advisors...Circus is theme of Nov. 3 KMB concert...

NOVEMBER

Pat Knier named Kiel Citizen of the Year...City budget calls for 3.63 levy hike...Kiel historical collection can be foiund on internet...Kiel brothers-in-law David Karstaedt, Keith Jochimsen killed in two-truck accident at CTH F and A in Town of Meeme...Ziegelbauer recall effort fails for lack of signatures...Sean VanderWaal honored with national FFA honor...Firm awarded bid for installing feeder line...Council reaffirms edict to make garage conform to code...Kiel Community Chest underway...Nurse practitioner attracted to helping others...Army reserve sergeants with Kiel ties earn honors...Red cross director Jehle to retire...Point Creek Road is permanent name for Schleswig Road...Sleigh Bell run prepares for its 13th year...Kiel Area School board awards design/build job to Pankow Construction...Veterans honored at school programs...Passer-by helps firefighters save rural Kiel home...City reviews conditional use permits...Convenants restrict storage in Kiel's subdivisions...Chamber to sponsor home decorating competition...Jared Roeck shares 100 year family bakery history with Kiel Historical Society...Chamber gears up for Christmas in Kiel Experience...KMB presents holiday gift concert...Library makes plans to add to Christmas in Kiel experience...Henning's Cheese featured on Discovery channel...Kiel e-Club to host art auction...Manitowoc County Board votes to sell Health Center...

DECEMBER

Major snowstorm leaves heavy, wet snow in Kiel, but fails to cancel Experience Christmas in Kiel weekend...Sleigh Bell run draws crowds for 13th year...Council okays 4.01 percent levy hike...Bullet found lodged in door on Rockville Road...Design/build engineers tour Kiel Schools, board talks process in preparation for citizen group...Kiel tax rate hikes stay under 3 percent...Intern hired for spring position at Meeme LEADS...Quick action by Kiel Police Department averts problems when dispatch lines go down twice in one week's time...City officials get 3% pay hike for the new year...City of Kiel provides development incentives of 10 percent of new additions for Stoelting, LLC/Polar Ware and Sargento...Schleswig passes budget with increase below 2 percent...Meyer Field to be aided by Kiel Soccer Club raffle...Honored by KASD for distinguished service are Miki Wise, Kerry Wilson, Melissa Udovich, Georgene Dexheimmer and Pat Wagner...Crafter's Studio opens doors in Kiel...

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