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Lt. Gov. joins a cheese tour
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Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch paid a visit to Sartori Foods Tuesday, getting a literally hands-on introduction to the intense cheese-making process.

Kleefisch joined Rep. Mary Czaja, whose 35th Assembly District includes Antigo and much of Langlade County, and Sixth District Assemblyman Gary Tauchen, who represents Shawano and much of the surrounding area on the in-depth tour of operations at the plant, which recently received a massive upgrade to its production facilities.

The tour was led by Jim Sartori, chairman of Sartori Foods, Company President Jeff Schwager and Plant Manager Penny Vander Velden.

The tour required participants to suit up in coats, booties, hairnets and, in some cases, sleeves and gloves, to preserve the sanitary nature of the food-making process and allowed the lawmakers to do a bit of down and dirty work, including rubbing the exterior of exquisite blocks of young Parmesan cheese with an oil and herb mixture during aging.

"This is really a lot of fun and we got our hands dirty today," Kleefisch sad, adding this was her first opportunity to visit the durable Antigo cheese-maker.

Czaja chose Sartori as the first stop of a d
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Rep. Mary Czaja, left, and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch do some hands-on work during a tour of Sartori’s Antigo cheese plant Tuesday.
Mattoon area filing: Antigo School district sued
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The Antigo school district is feeling the repercussions from its April decision to close Mattoon Elementary School and they may carry some legal teeth.

Following the monthly board meeting Tuesday, the panel met in closed session for nearly an hour with legal counsel from the Ruder Ware law firm, reviewing a series of legal challenges to its decision to close the small elementary school.

It’s in the hands of the legal people, Board President Mike Boldig said.

The board took the vote on April 26, three weeks after voters rejected the elementary referendum that would have allowed Mattoon to remain open with improvements.

School attorney Dean Diedrich said he is consulting with Langlade County officials today regarding potential open meeting law violations. He is also reviewing paperwork for the Shawano County complaint.

Prior to the session, the board received a tongue-lashing from Mattoon residents for its actions.

The unethical and illegal vote to close Mattoon school immediately after the failed vote shows the true colors of this board, Tom Zatloukal said, reading from a prepared statement. There never was compromise, only placat
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School board moves ahead with borrowing
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On a split vote, the Antigo school board moved forward with plans to borrow millions of dollars for elementary school improvement projects.

Following an unsuccessful spring referendum, the board Tuesday advanced a resolution to borrow up to $7.925 million in interest-free debt instruments through the Qualified Zone Academy Bond program. The purpose would be to upgrade and replace infrastructure in eligible schools.

Vote was 6-2 with Andy Merry and Dr. Patrick McKenna opposed. They suggested delaying until the actual amount of funds available through the bond program are determined, something that will be known within a couple weeks. Tara Guelzow was excused earlier in the meeting.

The action came at a marathon meeting that stretched toward the 11 p.m. hour.

We got a lot accomplished, Board President Mike Boldig said.

Financial items dominated the meeting, led by action on a potentially complex elementary financing option designed to circumvent the need for a referendum vote to perform some much-needed maintenance and ventilation upgrades at the district’s elementary schools.

The bonds, known as QZEBs, allow certain qualified sch
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Habitat for Humanity ventures into rural area for next house project
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Habitat for Humanity of Langlade County is venturing into new territory for its next build.

Volunteers from the house-building organization were joined by representatives of Thrivent Financial along with the village of White Lake and town of Evergreen at a ground-breaking for the Frankie and Shay Swim home on Grudgeville Road east of Elton.

It marks only the second time in the 10-year history of Habitat that a home is being constructed outside the Antigo city limits and the first for Habitat that will require a well and septic system.

Paul Grinde, who leads the habitat organization, said this year’s project is an exciting one, embracing a new area of the county and a vibrant corps of workers.

We depend on volunteers, he stressed. You know the family, you know the program. It takes a lot of different skills and different relationships to get a house built.

The team will be lead for the second year by Warren Wagner, who Grinde recognized for his work on the 2015 house.

We build not only houses, Grinde said. We build communities and families.

Town of Evergreen Chairman Jerry McGee applauded Habitat’s efforts to reach ou
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Habitat for Humanity broke ground on a new home on Grudgeville Road outside of Elton Tuesday. At center at homeowners Shay and Frankie Swim.
Ordination of transitional deacons has Antigo ties
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The ordination of two transitional deacons in Green Bay on Sunday have key ties to the Antigo Catholic community.

Adam Bradley, son of Tom and Laurel Bradley of Antigo, and Jon Thorsen of Silver Cliff were ordained to the deaconate at St. Frances Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay.

Bradley’s first Masses as a deacon will be at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday at St. John Catholic Church, his home parish, where he will deliver the homily. Thorsen will serve the Antigo parishes of St. John and SS. Mary & Hyacinth this summer.

Bradley, a 2007 graduate of Antigo High School, attended St. Francis de Sales Seminary near Milwaukee.

He said he is looking forward to his first public homily.

In seminary, we spend a lot of time working on this ministry; however there is a difference between preaching to a class of peers and preaching to a church full of people, he told Jeff Kurowski of The Compass newspaper. It will be interesting to see how much work it will take to prepare a good homily. I look forward to seeing how my style of preaching develops throughout my life.

This summer, Bradley will serve as a deacon for St. Jude the Apostl
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Deacons Adam Bradley, left, and Jon Thorsen.
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