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Sat
05
Aug

Temperance movement had its day in Shawano

I thought you might enjoy a little Shawano history.

The temperance movement, a social movement against the consumption and sale of alcoholic beverages, became widespread in 1874.

The movement also reached Shawano. In 1874 a local group supporting temperance was organized. A meeting was held at the Methodist Church. It was well-attended. Some of the local pastors gave stirring speeches, and temperance songs were sung. A pledge was signed by 58 attendees.

A second rally was held the following evening at the Presbyterian Hall, where more signatures were obtained.

Sat
05
Aug

Guest Opinion

The KMG Fireball (a.k.a. Afterburner) had a catastrophic breakdown at the opening day of the Ohio State Fair. The simple answer to “What happened?” is a sweep arm (or something in the junction between the seats and the sweep arm) broke.

In response, Fireballs (and Move-It/Spin Out, a related ride with the same gondola arrangement) worldwide have been shut down until KMG and accident investigators figure out exactly what happened.

Several fairs that have contracted carnival companies using the Freak Out (Fireball’s “little brother”) have decided not to allow the operation of Freak Outs, either.

For someone with a grade-school education and a conviction that all catastrophic failures can be prevented with enough qualified inspections, this seems to be a sensible precaution.

For anyone with the most basic understanding of the physics of mechanics and strength of materials, it’s like banning oranges because you discovered a worm in an apple.

Sat
29
Jul

Letter: Critical error in farm story

To the editor:

In seeing the story about our farm (July 28 edition), I want to point out a critical error.

The story and photo caption say that the calf barns were built without approval. That’s NOT true.

We had formal approval from Shawano County as part of our siting license in 2010. At that time, there was no requirement from the DNR for 100 percent collection of water, so there was no reason to submit anything to DNR.

All of our barns were built by 2015. It was not until March 2016 that the DNR began telling farmers they had to have runoff controls for calf barns. No one in the industry was using them before then.

This is an extremely important point. Our reputation is being damaged. We did nothing without approval. It’s absolutely unfair to claim otherwise.

The DNR should be made to respond to this.

Sat
29
Jul

Letter: Superintendent: Referendum investment in Bonduel community

To the editor:

The vote is here for the School District of Bonduel referendum. It’s been a long journey, and I want to say thank you to those parents and community members who have attended referendum and board meetings, called or emailed with questions, read through our mailings, and took the time to visit with me when I knocked on your door.

Our goal from day one has been to be transparent and candid through this process.

Sat
29
Jul

Travelers find Denmark unique, welcoming


Contributed Photo King Christian IV built Rosenborg Castle as a summer home in Copenhagen in 1606.

Five of my relatives — Elaine Knope, Lori Acken, Ellyn Ruhlmann, Elisabeth Kelly and Terry Malcheski — recently visited Denmark. Knowing I will never visit this small country where ancestors on my father’s side originated, I enjoyed the delightful stories about their visit and I hope you readers will too.

Elizabeth recalled the day the group landed in Denmark. She commented: “Finally, after all these months and years of Facebook posts and pictures, we met our cousin from Denmark! She is beautiful and elegant, but she also has a quirky eccentric look to her. Wild curly hair, ever so slightly cross-eyed at times and a silly sense of humor that despite the language/cultural differences, we all related to right away.”

Sat
22
Jul

Travelers find reminders of home in Denmark

While just teenagers, two young brothers came to the United States with a suitcase and a prayer. Walter Robenhagen (my grandfather) and Fred Robenhagen (Elaine Buettner Knope’s grandfather) set out on their own from their homeland Denmark to make a life here in America.

Elaine Knope, her daughter, Lori Acken (a well-known writer for TV Weekly Magazine/Channel Guide), nieces Elisabeth Roen Kelly and Ellyn Rowan Ruhlmann, and cousin Terry Malcheski recently returned from a trip to Denmark, a trip they will long remember.

Elaine commented: “It is such a small country, probably one-fourth the size of Wisconsin. I can understand why my grandpa immigrated to the U.S.A. in 1895 when he was only 18. He saw no future in Denmark because most of the land was already owned and he wanted to farm.”

Sat
15
Jul

Much going on in our little city

Today’s article is a little of this and a little of that. Shawano is a “happening” little city.

It’s great seeing all the young ballplayers and their moms, dads, grandparents and friends enjoying themselves at the youth league tournaments. It is so nice to observe the support these kids receive. What a wonderful way for young families to spend quality time together.

An additional positive is the impact these tournaments have on our local economy. Many of the out-of-town families stay at our local hotels. Visitors also frequent our restaurants, discover what fun it is to “shop Shawano,” purchase gas, and enjoy our beautiful parks, walking trails and other amenities.

A word of thanks to Ollie Burmeister for being a longtime local businessman. Ollie’s presence in the downtown will be missed. We wish him a long and enjoyable retirement.

Sat
15
Jul

Letter: Statistics provide food for thought

To the editor:

Points to ponder:

1. One-half of U.S. popcorn is grown in Nebraska.

2. Seven percent of Americans think chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

3. Twenty-five percent of Japan’s population is retirement age. The sale of adult diapers exceeds those for babies.

4. In 37 states, the highest paid employee is a sports coach or athletic director.

5. Sixty-five percent of U.S. households own pets.

6. There are over 700,000 health insurance policies on pets.

7. The cost of raising a medium size dog to age 11 is $16,400.

8. Coca Cola was originally green.

9. One-third of America’s hundred best paid CEOs earned more than their corporation paid in federal taxes.

10. The largest block of Republican voters are white males with a high school education or less.

Bert Grover,

Gresham

Fri
07
Jul

Letter: Does Trump ever feel shame?

To the editor:

CNN erred badly, was called on the carpet, quickly retracted the article, apologized, fired three reporters and was graciously forgiven by the maligned party. Pretty classy.

Trump couldn’t let CNN’s mistake go. Just as all bullies do. He saw they were ashamed by their error and thus weakened. It made hitting on them great fun.

We have all been in CNN’s shoes. I know mothers have been there. I have. A long time ago, my young son was diagnosed with ulcers. In those days, it was attributed to stress, and who was responsible for their stress? The mothers. I was devastated and shamed.

Like the news media, where truth is paramount, parenting has even higher hurdles to climb in search of excellence. They make mistakes and are then susceptible to criticism and even bullying.

Shame. It really stings, and, yes, there are consequences that sometimes are unfair. Without it, without shame, we don’t have one of the greatest deterrents to man.

Fri
07
Jul

Respect should begin at home

Here is a Native American Indian legend, a story about respect.

There once was a man who was raising his young son. The mother had passed away in childbirth and he was teaching his son all that he knew. This son grew up and in time wanted to go to a nearby village and find himself a companion. Many months passed and the young man returned to his home, and with him he had a woman, his wife. They lived in the home of his father.

Shortly after, they had a son, and the father, now a grandfather, began teaching this young boy all that he knew. How to respect the forest, the animals and life. The mother, tired of sharing the home with the old man, told her husband she wanted the old man out.

The father spoke, “I cannot, this is his home and he built it for us.”

She spoke, “If you do not make him leave, then I will take our son and I will leave.”

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