Algoma Utilities’ Nancy Johnson Recognized for Excellence

Nancy Johnson, Office Manager/Accountant at Algoma Utilities, received WPPI Energy’s Shining Star Award October 18, 2017. The award was presented by Lauri Isaacson, WPPI Energy Assistant Vice President of Member Relations, during a utility commission meeting.

The award recognizes a WPPI Energy member utility manager or employee who has shown notable growth and leadership over the past year, often goes above and beyond the call of duty, provides a positive example for others and helps to further the utility’s goals and values. Johnson was selected for her leadership in several areas that are crucial to the function of the electric utility as well as her can-do attitude.

Nancy Johnson

Pictured from left: Lauri Isaacson, WPPI Energy Assistant Vice President of Member Relations, and Nancy Johnson, Algoma Utilities Office Manager/Accountant

As Office Manager/Accountant, Johnson is responsible for the utility’s financial functions and office operations and procedures. She shares her experience and expertise with other locally owned utilities across the state as a member of the Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin’s Accounting and Customer Service Committee. She also provides important insights as a participant in various City of Algoma committees.

Johnson often goes above and beyond her job responsibilities, managing human resource and information technology duties in addition to her assigned responsibilities.

“Nancy is willing to do whatever is necessary to contribute to the success of the utility, even beyond her job responsibilities. She works countless hours for the benefit of the utility, employees, and commissioners,” said General Manager Peter Haack.

Her colleagues also indicated that she helps make Algoma Utilities a better place to work through her positive attitude and hard work. They are also encouraged by her can-do spirit.

Massart Receives Wisconsin Rural Water Association's Operator of The Year Award

In April 2017, the Wisconsin Rural Water Association (WRWA) held its annual Technical Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Over 1,300 water & wastewater systems and industry personnel met for four days exchanging ideas and technology through technical sessions and exhibits.

At the WRWA conference, Chris Massart with Algoma Utilities received the Association’s prestigious 2017 District Operator of the Year Award. This award is presented each year to individuals that demonstrate excellence in the field of waterworks operation.

Chris Massart, 2017 Operator of the Year

  • Christopher Massart, center,  received the Wisconsin Rural Water Association (WRWA) District 1 Operator of the year award. Thank you to Christopher for all of the extra time, effort and pride he devotes to Algoma Utilities’ water system. Christopher is an outstanding operator and is well deserving of this award. Congratulations Christopher!

The role of a water operations specialist has become increasingly difficult as state and federal governments have imposed tougher standards for water utilities,” said Dave Lawrence, WRWA Executive Director. “Chris has been recognized by his peers as a well trained and dedicated operations specialist, deserving of WRWA’s highest award for a state licensed water operator. Algoma Utilities can be proud of Chris’s accomplishments.”

The Wisconsin Rural Water Association is a non-profit organization representing most of the water and wastewater systems in the state. Its mission: “Assisting, educating and representing our members in the wise use of water resources”.

Massart was in La Crosse for the annual Wisconsin Rural Water Association (WRWA) conference. I am proud to announce that Christopher was nominated and voted “Winner” of the District 1 “Water Operator of The Year” award. This is a pretty BIG deal, District 1 covers the Northeast quarter of the state, which runs from and includes Kewaunee County west to Waupaca County, north to Langlade County (Antigo), west to Lincoln County (Merrill), and north to Vilas County (state line). District 1 consists of about 104 different water systems. Here at Algoma Utilities we are all aware of the extra time, effort and amount of pride Christopher devotes to Algoma’s water system, now his peers throughout the state recognize Christopher as an outstanding operator. This is a well-deserved award.



Chet Kiedrowski Joins CTI Hospitality, Inc.

Chet Kiedrowski

Chet Kiedrowski

John and Debbie Kiedrowski, owners of CTI Hospitality, Inc of Algoma are extremely pleased to announce that their son, Chet Kiedrowski, has joined the Company as its Director of Manufacturing.

Most recently Chet has been a Senior Manufacturing Engineer at Brady Corporation in Milwaukee and prior he worked for Buell Motorcycles in East Troy and Kohler Engine Division in Kohler.

In his new position, he will be responsible for all aspects of manufacturing from raw materials thru finished products including safety, quality, and productivity. Chet is a graduate of Kettering University in Flint, Michigan with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

CTI Hospitality is a manufacturer of commercial millwork with focus on the hospitality/hotel industries, supplying custom interiors to franchised business size hotels throughout the United States. In addition, CTI supplies louvers and applied mouldings to commercial door manufacturers and large quantity, prefinished, custom running trims for commercial build-outs.

Learn more about CTI:

Small Places Can Do Big Things: Algoma Awarded 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize

2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner Algoma Wisconsin

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”. ~ Helen Keller

What started off in 2011 as a way to educate and train skilled workers to help local manufacturers fill open positions, the Live Algoma initiative has now grown into an award-winning model for developing other community assets crucial to health and well-being.

Thanks to the dedication of the Live Algoma Activation teams, the commitment of time, money and resources from our area businesses and the belief in our community that small places can do big things, Algoma was awarded the 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. This is a huge accomplishment as only eight communities out of a couple hundred were selected this year.

Several Live Algoma team members traveled to Princeton, New Jersey for the presentation of the award on October 11, 2017. In order to include the entire community in the recognition, a Celebration of Algoma is being held on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Algoma High School and Community Wellness Center.

The opening ceremony kicks off at 11:00 a.m.! Come and enjoy free lunch, family activities, music, and FUN!

More Information:
Algoma Profile on RWJF website
Live Algoma
The Story of the Livie Algoma Initiative

Pop-Up Shops: They Are Here And You Can Be Part Of The Excitement!

For the past couple of months, Algoma Area Chamber Member 610 Fourth Street, located at 610 4th Street in Algoma, has been hosting a pop-up shop for Dewey Creek Design, an Algoma-based business that makes silver jewelry, beaded jewelry, fused and stained glass along with doing photography.

A “pop-up shop” is the temporary use of physical space to create a long-term, lasting impression with potential customers. This allows a business without physical retail space to partner with a business with empty space.

On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, Nora Roughen-Schmidt, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce in Viroqua, WI, will present information on hosting pop-up shops in our communities, as well as success stories from pop-ups in Viroqua and around Wisconsin.

This is a perfect program if you have an idea for a business, but not the funds or if you have an idea for a downtown shop or service, but feel it’s too risky. On the flip side, if you own a potential space for a pop-up, come and learn about the Pop-Up Shop program, an economic development strategy for small towns.

When: Tuesday, October 24, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Moxie’s Supper Club
607 Church Ave, Casco, WI 54205
Cost: $5. Appetizers provided. Cash bar.
Limited food menu offered after program.
RSVP: Visit or call 920-388-7141 to register
Visit the event page on Facebook:

This program is sponsored by: Kewaunee County UW-Extension, Algoma Chamber of Commerce, Community Improvement of Algoma, Kewaunee Chamber of Commerce, Kewaunee County Economic Development Corp, and Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce

Dewey Creek Design will be open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. today, October 21 through Monday and again this coming Thursday through Saturday, October 26-28,2017. The shop will reopen November 24 – 26,, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Learn more about Dewey Creek Design here:

Cellcom: Reasons to Check Out a Mobile Wallet

Reasons to Check Out a Mobile Wallet

A mobile wallet refers to the apps that allow you to pay with your phone, including Android Pay, Samsung Pay and Apple Pay. These apps store your credit, debit or prepaid card information securely on their servers and allow you to pay for purchases in-store or online without having to swipe your card or enter your information. Beyond convenience, there are some good reasons to consider taking advantage of the technology.

  • Security – Mobile wallet apps do not send your card information to complete a transaction. Instead, a unique code is generated to send your data to the merchant. This means the digital risk for information being compromised is low. There is also a decreased risk from a physical security perspective. Having a wallet lost or stolen doesn’t leave you with any protection from your cards being used. If you lose your phone, your mobile wallet still requires a PIN to unlock on top of the password you already have on your phone.
  • Online Shopping – We live in the age where a few taps can get you almost anything you want, but that means we’re constantly entering credit card information into our go-to shopping websites or even storing that information on accounts we created. Using a mobile wallet when you’re shopping from your phone means you can enter your card details with a few convenient taps and perhaps eliminate the need to create an account and store these details with a retailer, reducing the inherent risk of your credit card information being stored in multiple locations.
  • Rewards – Your mobile wallet can be a one-stop shop for everything you need at the checkout, including those loyalty points. Many retailers let you load your reward card right into your mobile wallet so you won’t need to use multiple apps or pull out your trusty key tags.

A couple caveats to consider. Your bank has to support the use of these apps and while hundreds of financial institutions offer the functionality it is not yet ubiquitous. Another more obvious consideration, your phone has to be charged. If you’re constantly running on low battery, you’ll want to have a backup option or a portable charger at the ready.

Cell comCellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with more than 50 retail and agent locations. Cellcom is respected for its long-standing reputation of delivering extraordinary customer care, being a strong community partner, and for its renowned network, which is customized to its rural markets. As a subsidiary of Nsight, Cellcom is part of a family of companies offering complete telecommunications services.

AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in Wisconsin

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to WISCONSIN! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in October 2017!

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for

America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items.

The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.

American Pickers Returning to Wisconsin

AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: or call 855-OLD-RUST.

Facebook: @GotAPick

Levi Zeitler: From Front Porch to Front & Center

If you were in town for Algoma’s Shanty Days celebration, you may have seen Levi Zeitler running around Crescent Beach with a clipboard in his hand making sure the Battle on the Beach volleyball tournament was running smoothly. What you may not know is that Levi is also an accomplished musician and will be opening for the final Algoma Summer Concerts in the Park of 2017 featuring Dead Horses on August 31, 2017, at Heritage Park.

In this interview, Levi shares with us what groups influence his sound, how he got his start and his excitement about opening for Dead Horses.

Describe your sound.

My sound is basically whatever I can play comfortably while not messing up too bad. (laughs) I’m not much of a lead guitar guy, I stick to playing rhythm. Overall, I would describe my sound as pretty much Folk and Irish.

Who are your influences?

My cd collection is vast and covers many, many genres. I can listen to Ice Cube, Hank Williams, NOFX, The Dubliners, and Dave Brubeck all during the same drive to the Northwoods. I am influenced by a lot of people and bands I’ve grown to love. Lately, it has been The Liver Killers, Age of Fable, The Chocolateers, and Dead Horses.  As far as the music I play, I lean towards the sounds of Trampled By Turtles, Old Crow Medicine Show, Flogging Molly, and The Pogues.

Tell us about your journey to performing solo.

When I started playing music, I had no intentions on performing for an audience. Music is my release. It is a way for me to calm down and relax, to find happiness in sad moments in my life, and to feel challenged. About 5 years ago is when I really started picking up my guitar. After playing alone at home for a few years, I met up with an Irish gent by the name of Gerry Sloan. He invited me to his Irish session group in Green Bay one evening. I had no idea what to expect but I came to find out that it was a great place to perform with other musicians and gain confidence in my playability. They all really pushed me to get out there and play.

I gained my first gig while sitting on my front porch picking my banjo. I know, it sounds like a scene from Deliverance, but not the case. (laughs) My neighbor asked me to accompany her at her presentation at Milwaukee’s Irish Fest in 2016. We had a blast and have been talking about going back there next year.

In June of this year, I was asked to play my first solo show at Emy J’s in Stevens Point. Being my first show, I was nervous. But playing for my friends and family was like singing in church, nobody is going to “boo!” you.

So, this will only be my second gig. I’m glad people won’t be charged to hear me play. (laughs)

You grew up in this area, will people be surprised when they attend the concert?

Although I was born here in Algoma, I was actually raised on a small dairy farm up in Rosiere and attended Southern Door School District. I didn’t know anyone from Algoma at the time. While in middle school, my family moved to the small Northwoods town of Mercer, WI and graduated high school there. So, coming back to the area and moving to Algoma in 2006 kind of makes me a transplant. Now living here for 11 years and becoming more involved in the community, I’m proud to call Algoma “home”.

Are you ready to open for the Dead Horses, winner of the Wisconsin Area Music Industry “Album of the Year” recipients?

Well… Let’s not talk about that, I’m already nervous enough! (laughs) When I was asked to fill in as an opener for the summer concert series, I never gave it a thought about who was headlining. I did know Dead Horses were coming and once I put the two together my jaw dropped and I couldn’t stop smiling. I am so excited and honored to have the opportunity to be in this position. I feel that my set list will flow into their Folk/Americana genre. To answer your question, NO! I will never be ready to open for Dead Horses! (more laughs)

The final concert of the 2017 season is scheduled for Thursday, August 31, 2017.  Levi will open at 6 p.m.  Dead Horses will take the stage at 7.

Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy an evening by the lakeshore.  The concerts are free and carry-ins are welcome.

BOL Cares & Feeding Kewaunee County Day

Did you know…

  • …for some children in Kewaunee County, the only meal(s) they receive is the one they get at school?
  • …42 million people face hunger in the U.S. today?
  • …nearly 700,000 people in Wisconsin do not know where their next meal is coming from?
  • ….in northeastern Wisconsin, 1 in 7 people are facing hunger?
  • …1 in 5 children face hunger?
  • …Kewaunee County has a poverty level of 8.9% and children in poverty is 13.3%?
  • …out of 3,871 students in the county, 968 are on free/reduced lunch?
  • …it doesn’t take a big commitment to make a big impact?

Bank of Luxemburg and the BOL Cares committee would like to give local businesses the opportunity to help support Feeding America and families within Kewaunee County. May 12, 2018, is Feeding Kewaunee County Day.  On that day, BOL Cares would like to bring a semi truckload of food to families in need in Kewaunee County.

In order to do this, a minimum of $5,000 needs to be raised by October 31, 2017. Bank of Luxemburg employees have raised $1,690 and the bank has donated $1,000 to help with this cause.  Together we can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors struggling with hunger.

Several donation levels have been established to help you decide how much to give.  Fill out the Donation Information sheet available here, check off your donation level and mail your check made payable to Bank of Luxemburg by October 31, 2017.

Gold Plate donors are asked to please email a jpeg copy of your black and white logo to

If you have any questions please email or call (920) 845-1943.

For more information about:
Bank of Luxemburg: 
Feeding America:

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