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Pedaling a bar down College Avenue? It’s possible

Grab some beer, hop on the 12-person “Bier Bike” and enjoy the downtown scenery. That could be the reality under a new state law signed by Gov. Scott Walker in December making “quadricycles” or “pedal pubs” a legal place to … Continue reading

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Appleton will consider grace period for shoveling over holidays

Homeowners that fail to shovel sidewalks within 36 hours of snowfall in Appleton can face the cost the city pays to clear the way, but an alderman wants to loosen the rules during the holidays. Alderman Kyle Lobner introduced a … Continue reading

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Appleton considers $13.6M pond project

Appleton wants to build detention ponds near Glendale and Birchwood avenues to alleviate flooding in the West Wisconsin Avenue area. The city’s utilities committee voted Tuesday to move forward with a $13.6 million version of the plan that requires purchase … Continue reading

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2 TIF districts aimed at Appvion, old Kmart site

Appleton wants to create two new tax incremental financing districts aimed at rehabbing an industrial corridor on E. Wisconsin Avenue and retail space on W. College Avenue. When a TIF district is created, the amount of property taxes collected by … Continue reading

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Appleton unveils skate park plans tonight

The city’s parks department will unveil design plans Wednesday night for a new skate park to be built at Telulah Park in 2014. Last year, the city approved $35,000 for the skate park concept plan, which was designed by California-based … Continue reading

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Veteran Appleton cop leaving for chief job

Downtown Appleton police lieutenant Pat Matuszewski will move in June to become police chief of the Lake Mills Police Department. Matuszewski has been with the Appleton department since 1995. He will oversee a force of 11 full-time officers, three part-time … Continue reading

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Is Big Brother watching from Appleton’s ‘Big Blue’ bins?

A reader wrote in last week inquiring about radio chips spying on residents with the new blue recycling containers. Indeed, the 25,000 containers each contain a RFID chip, which stands for radio frequency identification—but the city says they aren’t using … Continue reading

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Skate park design meeting tonight

A new skate park will be built at Appleton’s Telulah Park in 2014 and the city is soliciting public input this week on its design. A meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Franklin Elementary School, … Continue reading

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Appleton police name Nagel officer of year

Downtown beat Officer Adam Nagel was named Appleton’s Officer of the Year by the police department and honored at Wednesday’s council meeting. Nagel works the night shift and helped influence a measurable reduction in downtown crime, said Chief Pete Helein. … Continue reading

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Appleton hosts Erb Park renovation meeting tonight

The city will launch a $2.3 million massive overhaul of Erb Park in 2014, but wants public input tonight as part of the evaluation process. Franklin Elementary School will host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight in … Continue reading

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