Kiel Progress briefs 2014
Eric Mueller recently joined the staff

Schneider leader in construction

For over 23 years, Schneider & Schneider Construction LLC has been a leader in the area for new home construction and remodeling.

With an emphasis on quality craftsmanship and outstanding customer service, Schneider & Schneider Construction continues to earn new customers as well as enjoy additional work from previous customers.

“If you are thinking about any type of construction project in 2014, your first call should be to Schneider & Schneider Construction,” owner Dan Schneider said.

2014 has been a year of accomplishments for the business as Dan was awarded the state’s Badger Craftsman Award in two categories. He also serves at the Manitowoc Home Builders Association presisdent this year and was awarded 2013 Builder of the Year with them as well.

Check out Schneider & Schneider’s newly redesigned Web site at With more photos in their gallery and easier navigating, their new Web site is often the first stop for customers to get ideas about their upcoming project or to learn more about the business. The Web site gallery contains photos of new home construction as well as additions, remodeling, historical, and commercial projects. Take a look at several new kitchens, bathrooms, great rooms, and other areas of many beautiful area homes. An additional Web site utilized by Schneider & Schneider is, providing a wealth of ideas for homeowners to explore.

Schneider said he is seeing more activity in the home construction and remodeling industry over last year. “We have several projects we are working right now and this trend seems to be continuing moving forward. With low rates and sustainable material costs, I think people are feeling more confident and are ready to invest in a home project that will not only improve the value of their home, but give them enjoyment as well,” he said.

Give Schneider & Schneider Construction LLC a call at 898-1300 or e-mail them at to schedule an appointment for an upcoming project.

Rural Insurance adds new agent

of Rural Mutual Insurance in Chilton as a new agent.

Mueller has a degree in Finance with a minor in Insurance from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. “Eric is a very outgoing person and very knowledgeable also,” said Randy Pingel, who has been with Rural Mutual for 12 years.

Located at 18 W. Main St., Rural Mutual Insurance is an all-lines agency with property and casualty insurance along with life and health. “We have a great farm product along with a very good commercial product also,” Pingel said. “Life insurance is an always-needed product as well.”

Pingel added, “Our goal is to keep all current clients satisfied with where they are. We also would like to entertain quoting other personal homes and autos, farms and commercial business accounts.”

Rural Mutual Insurance also has of- fices in Valders, Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay to better serve all its customers. The company has been named to the Wards Top 50 list once again. Wards is a group which analyzes the performance of more than 3,000 property-casualty companies.

In addition, Rural Mutual is a key sponsor of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, 4-H and many other organizations.

Supporting the Chilton office are Penny Hoerth and Pat Truttmann, both of whom have been with Rural Mutual for many years. Pat Zorn and Aggie Woelfel retired in the past year from the Chilton office.

For more information about Rural Mutual Insurance, stop in the Chilton office, call 849-9396, or check out

Zion Lutheran nears centennial

Zion Lutheran Church of New Holstein

is approaching its centennial in 2015.

The congregation was officially incorporated in 1915. Zion has now been served by 11 pastors during its history and blessed by God’s grace with dedicated members and staff.

The Rev. Azor Cigelske was ordained and installed as Zion’s new pastor in December. Prior to that he had been serving the congregation as a vicar.

Zion also has a new part-time, paid music director in Carrie Frechette. Vocal groups include a mixed choir, a men’s choir and a children’s choir. Instrumental groups consist of an adult praise band, a youth praise band, an adult hand chime choir and a youth hand chime choir. Duets and solos also feature accompaniments with keyboard, flute and trumpet.

Sunday worship services are at 7:45 and 10:15 between Labor Day and Memorial Day. Contemporary services are held at the late service on the third Sundays of the month. A traditional service is held at the early service on the third Sunday. A blended order of service is used at all other services. Summer worship is at 9 a. m. on Sundays and 7 p. m. Wednesdays.

For more information about these and the many other offerings at Zion Lutheran, please call 898-5250.

The Laundromat adds big washer

A 75-pound capacity wash machine was recently installed at The Laundromat in New Holstein, according to owner Mike Hartmann.

The new machine can handle two or three quilts or one to five family loads of laundry. In addition to that machine, Hartmann has been upgrading other washers and dryers at The Laundromat, located at 2125 Calumet Ave. (STH 32/57).

Started in 1998, The Laundromat is a self-serve coin laundromat which also offers pick-up and drop-off service.

Hartmann is active in the community as a member of the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce as well as Business to Business in New Holstein.

For more information about The Laundromat call 773-2270.