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  • First of two parts—Climbing Kilimanjaro...this time with friend

    In 2014 I wrote a story for the newspaper about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with my brother Richie.

  • Group warms local veterans with quilts
    Chilton area veterans received a special gift recently at Century Ridge Assisted Living in Chilton.
    Each veteran received a patriotic lap quilts free of charge from the Kiel Quilters.
  • Matching students with host families
    A local program that enables people to come together with mutual respect, promoting personal growth and a positive global perspective is looking for host families in the area.
    The STS Foundation, based in Massachusetts allows families to host students from abroad. Senior Local Coordinator Penny Benzschawel and her husband Bob hosted their first student in 2012.
  • Kiel native Britanni Meinnert was a small-town girl with big-time dreams of using higher education to experience the world.
    “I initially got into the hospitality industry major so that I could get out of this area,” Meinnert said with a smile. “But I never left. I think it just speaks volumes about what we have to offer right here in our backyard.”
  • Rehabilitated birds return to wild with facility’s help

    Two rehabilitated bald eagles were released back to the wild on Monday, Jan. 4.
    Wildlife rehabilitator Pat Fischer along with Don Baumgarter released the immature bald eagles at Fritse Park in the town of Menasha

  • Bond forms from struggles with algebra
    Renee Juckem of Kiel was struggling, but she remained determined to continue her path toward a bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College.
    Enrolled in an intermediate algebra course, her first math class in more than 20 years, Juckem felt lost. Fortunately, Yuge Li came into her life.
     “Yuge started out as my tutor, but became a great friend,” Juckem said.
  • Styles change, but not graduates’ bond
    Amidst a gentle symphony of scissors snipping and clippers clipping, 16 women gathered, learned together and bonded in 1975 in the cosmetology classroom of Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus.
  • Speaking in code
    A new club implemented in the Chilton Public School District aims to provide students the opportunity to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.
  • ‘Beauty and the Beast’
    Kiel High School presented “Beauty and the Beast” last week in the Castle Theater.
  • Generations meet at Atrium’s Halloween activity
    The Chilton Optimist Club hosted trick or treat at Atrium Post-Acute Care on Saturday, Oct. 31.
  • Little Farmer offers family fun through November
    Freshly baked muffins and pies, made-to-order caramel apples, numerous family fun activities, pick your own or already picked apples, hundreds of pumpkins and more make The Little Farmer a favorite destination for young and old alike.
  • Many make road trip to see arts
    If the roads in and around the area seemed busier than usual last weekend, that is because they were.
  • Area to take part in Run T.A.L.L. Saturday
    Tolerance. Acceptance. Love. Leadership. An upcoming 5K hopes to raise awareness towards bullying prevention, create positive change in area communities, and raise funds to assist with area bullying prevention programs.
  • RS Vintage Steel Steam and Gas Engine Show
    RS Vintage Steel Steam and Gas Engine Show was held Sept. 19 and 20 in Calumetville. Visitors enjoyed antique farm equipment working on site.
  • Breast cancer awareness
    Was it confidence in her physicians or her general optimism in life that delivered Karen Hornickle back to health?
    The breast cancer survivor believes both were in her favor as she journeyed through this past year. With admirable candor she shares her story and message of hope.
  • Trip helps define student's career plans
    A Kiel High School senior recently participated in a trip of a lifetime while gaining valuable educational experiences through a leadership ambassador program.
    Currently a senior at Kiel High School, Sam Ruh learned of the People to People leadership summit trip through a former math teacher who presented Ruh with information and a teacher recommendation letter.
  • Area man back from Guatemala project
    Area Thrivent Financial representative Paul Yancy recently returned from a Thrivent Builds project in Guatemala.
    Yancy spent eight days with a crew of 14 Thrivent volunteers from Wisconsin and Minnesota. The group worked on a project to construct a home for a deserving family.
  • Guess who's coming to dinner?
    Kiel native Mark Wagner has been responsible for serving a lot of meals in his culinary career.
    He will likely never forget the dinner he was asked to prepare on August 12, 2015.
    It was on that evening that Wagner and his team were offered the world class opportunity to prepare and serve dinner for the top-ranked golfer in the world-Jordan Spieth.
  • Oh, what a Day at the PGA!
    What a day it was Sunday for PGA Champion Jason Day as he fought back the tears rolling in the final putt of his record-setting run to earn the Wannamaker Trophy.
    The 2015 PGA Champion from Australia punctuated a spectacular week with an emotional finish. Finally, the young Aussie had accomplished something he fell short of in several previous attempts at winning a major golf championship.
  • CMS student takes People to People trip
    An area middle school student recently had the opportunity to travel abroad and enjoy a week of learning and touring in Canada.
    Twelve-year-old Connor Schwarz of Chilton is a seventh grade student at Chilton Middle School. From June 25 through July 6 he was a student of People to People Student Travel for a learning experience in Canadian cultures.

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