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3:14 PM, Dec. 26, 2012  |  Comments
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Robinson won't run for re-election on council

De Pere Clerk-Treasurer Shana Defnet said last week city Alderman Dan Robinson filed his declaration for noncandidacy for the election in the spring.

Robinson has been on the Common Council since 2007, serving District 2. He was elected to the Brown County Board of Supervisors for District 19 last spring.

Interested individuals who meet eligibility requirements have until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, to file candidacy papers for city offices that will be up for election April 2. A primary election, if necessary, would be Feb. 19.

For information, go to

Council approves expansion for medical college

St. Norbert College in De Pere is one step closer to opening a regional campus of Medical College of Wisconsin after the De Pere Common Council's approval of a proposed plan.

The council at its Tuesday, Dec. 18, meeting approved expansion of St. Norbert's science building, a $42 million project that allows the school to break ground.

The addition is "significant for St. Norbert and significant for the community," said Ken Pabich, De Pere's planning and economic development director.

St. Norbert President Tom Kunkel said with city approval of the plan the school hopes to break ground in the spring.

Eileen Jahnke, vice president of business and finance for St. Norbert, said the school is actively fundraising for the expansion and construction will begin "as soon as we get where we need to be, fundraising-wise."

St. Norbert and Medical College of Wisconsin have begun negotiations for the lease arrangement, Kunkel said, but they "don't anticipate any issues."

Also last week, the Common Council voted to maintain its salaries at current levels. Mayor Mike Walsh will receive $22,299 in 2014 and 2015; alderpersons will receive $6,392 those years.

Humana to add 40 jobs in county

Humana Inc. is adding 40 customer-care jobs in Brown County.

The healthcare company said the workers will provide customer support for its medical and specialty benefit products, including dental and vision plans.

Humana has been Brown County's largest employer the past three years. It employs more than 3,100 people in De Pere and Green Bay.

The company is looking to fill the positions to begin work in January. Information is available at

Roadwork pushed back to next week

Due to a snowstorm in the area last week, Wisconsin Department of Transportation postponed work on U.S. 41 as well as Grant Street in De Pere on the nights of Wednesday, Dec. 19, and Thursday, Dec. 20.

The full closure of Grant Street between Mid Valley and Lawrence drives to set girders was rescheduled for 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, and Thursday, Jan. 3.

Lane closures on northbound and southbound 41 between Scheuring Road and Main Avenue/County G for bridge construction was rescheduled for 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Jan. 2 and 3.

The lane restrictions are weather dependent and subject to change.

Walk MS set for April 21 at West De Pere HS

Brown County's Walk MS 2013 has been scheduled for Sunday, April 21, at West De Pere High School, 665 Grant St.

Walk MS is the largest annual fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Wisconsin chapter.

The Brown County date is the kickoff event for next year's Walk MS series. Eighteen communities in Wisconsin will hold events in April and May.

The Walk MS event features a 3-mile route. Sign-in the day of the event will start at 9 a.m. The walk will begin at 10 a.m.

Registration is available online at or by calling (262) 369-4400 or (800) 242-3358. There is no registration fee, but Walk MS participants are encouraged to make a donation or to raise funds in support of MS-related research, programs and services for the more than 10,000 children and adults in Wisconsin who are diagnosed with MS as well as those who love and care for them.

Those who register by Monday, Dec. 31, will receive a commemorative 2013 Walk MS bandana for free.

Railroad program at Ashwaubenon museum

St. Norbert College's Language Services and National Railroad Museum will present the "Global Railroading Experience" workshops next month.

The workshops will be presented in three parts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the Thursdays of Jan. 10, 17 and 24 at National Railroad Museum, 2285 S. Broadway, Ashwaubenon.

The program will explore the development and history of railroading, starting with a global perspective and ending with Green Bay and Northeastern Wisconsin.

Registration cost for the event is $75, which includes the series of three workshops and admission to the museum. Due to limited seating, registration and payment must be made by Friday, Jan. 4.

For more information or to register, call (920) 403-4075 or go to

Financial course to start Jan. 9

Green Bay Community Church in Howard will hold an upcoming course featuring Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University.

The nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course meets once a week with a different lesson taught by Ramsey on DVD followed by a small-group discussion.

Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.

The FPU classes will start at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Green Bay Community Church, 600 Cardinal Lane.

For more information or to register, call Bobby Coverston at (920) 434-9225.

Volunteers needed for science expo

The Einstein Project of Green Bay is seeking volunteers for The Einstein Project Science Expo, which will be Saturday, Jan. 12, at Shopko Hall in Ashwaubenon.

The annual family event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of duties. Interested students can earn community-service hours.

For more information, call (920) 884-8800 or send email to

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