New residents enjoy city’s amenities
By Mark Sherry
A disc golf course complete with paved tee boxes is just one of the many ameTurn nities offered as part of New Holstein’s extensive parks system.

New Holstein is a great city in which to live, work, and play.

That is not just a slogan which was used in New Holstein years ago. It is what numerous young families moving to the community are saying about it.

Ericca Ylitalo, the new administrator of Atrium Post-Acute Care in New Holstein, moved to New Holstein in 2011 with her husband and their three young children. She said she loves the School District and the community’s amenities, including the Aquatic Center just a few short blocks from their home and the church to which their family belongs. Ylitalo said she is hoping and planning to have a long career at Atrium and in New Holstein.

Living just down the same street as the Ylitalo family is Jack Blattner and his wife Taylor. The manager of Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly in New Holstein said he and his wife enjoy taking walks along the paths in Kiwanis Park. Those paths wind past soccer and baseball playing fields, past Langenfeld Pond and into a large prairie area and eventually into a wooded area. Jack said he sees a lot of young families in the community and looks forward to starting their own here. His nieces and nephews enjoy New Holstein’s amenities when they come to visit, he said.

Similar comments heard

When an opening arose recently on the New Holstein Common Council, three young residents stepped forward from the same aldermanic district to seek election from the council. All three are relatively recent transplants to New Holstein, and each spoke at the council meeting about how much they enjoy this community.

Similar reports are being heard from others. The first impression of people moving to the community is extremely positive.

In a nutshell, the job of the City of New Holstein and its employees and volunteers is to keep it that way. It is always a challenge, but they are working to keep all the city’s amenities in top shape and to address those issues which need improvement.

“Our main thing is we utilize the money that the citizens pay and give them the amenities they want,” Mayor Dianne Reese said.

That can be easier said than done. Coming out of the recession construction growth was slow in many small communities, although local contractors are reporting optimism for the year ahead. When people build new homes or commercial buildings or do remodeling projects, it helps the entire community as increased property values increase the tax base.

Brighter budgets ahead

Limited increases in shared revenue and tax credit cuts from the state have not helped small communities such as New Holstein balance budgets either, but the city is on sound financial footing because of conservative spending and trying to run a tight ship. City Clerk Casey Langenfeld explained that just a couple

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