Regional Roundup

Posted on Jan 29, 2021 :: Regional Roundup
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interstate 41 Corridor

Brown, Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac Counties

Appleton airport adds touchless screening method at checkpoints

The Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Appleton International Airport has begun using technology that checks the validity of a traveler’s identification and confirms their flight information in near real time.

Passengers will approach the travel document checking station at the checkpoint and listen to the instructions of the TSA officer, who will ask passengers to insert their personal identification into the scanner for authentication.

Passengers will not have to hand over their boarding pass (electronic or paper), thus reducing a touchpoint. Instead, they should have their boarding pass available in the event that the TSA officer requests visual inspection. The Credential Authentication Technology unit will verify that the traveler is prescreened to travel out of the airport for a flight that day; however, a boarding pass may be requested for travelers under the age of 18 and/or those without IDs or have issues with a damaged ID.

Even with the TSA’s use of CAT, travelers still need to check in with their airline in advance and bring their boarding pass to their gate to show the airline representative prior to boarding their flight.

CAT units authenticate several thousand types of IDs, including passports, military common access cards, retired military ID cards, Department of Homeland Security Trusted Traveler ID cards, uniformed services ID cards, permanent resident cards, U.S. visas, and driver’s licenses and photo IDs issued by state motor vehicle departments.

In addition, it is critical that travelers have their REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses or other acceptable form of identification by the Oct. 1, 2021 deadline. The CAT units will not accept a driver’s license after Oct. 21 if it is not REAL ID-compliant.

Give BIG Green Bay fundraising event planned for Feb. 16 and 17

At a time when local nonprofits critically need financial support, Give BIG Green Bay is returning. The Green Bay Packers Foundation and Greater Green Bay Community Foundation will host the fourth annual community-wide giving day from noon Feb. 16 until noon Feb. 17. 

Give BIG Green Bay 2021 will highlight the work of 45 local nonprofit organizations working to improve lives in the community. The Green Bay Packers Foundation and other donors will offer $350,000 in matching funds and incentives to encourage everyone to donate, at any level.  

The combined three-year total of the crowd-funding effort has exceeded $3.4 million of support for local nonprofits. Last February, more than $1.2 million was raised in 24 hours through the generosity of 2,800 donors. More than 43 percent of these donors self-identified as new to the organization they supported. To donate on Feb. 16-17, visit giveBIGgreenbay.org. 

The Lakeshore

Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan Counties

Froedtert buys majority stake in Holy Family Memorial

Froedtert Health has purchased majority interest in Holy Family Memorial in Manitowoc.

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The Milwaukee-based health system previously announced it would buy a minority stake in Holy Family.

Holy Family Memorial had a revenue of $122.5 million in 2019 and includes Holy Family Memorial Hospital and eight clinics that employed 84 physicians, advanced nurse practitioners and physician assistants as of June 30.

Under the agreement, Holy Family will maintain its Catholic identity under the sole sponsorship of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Inc. Holy Family Memorial will now operate as part of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network.

Apartment project coming to downtown Manitowoc

Allie Family Companies plans to build a six-story apartment building that will house 81 market-rate units along the Manitowoc River in Manitowoc.

The land being developed is part of 20 acres of land adjacent to the downtown along the river that the city purchased from Canadian National in 2018. Called the River Point District, Manitowoc officials hope to extend the city’s downtown with an emphasis on housing, commercial development, restaurants and
public use as well as access to the river.

The development will be called River North and will include apartments ranging in size from studios to three bedrooms. Construction is set to begin this summer with a fall 2022 completion date. The project cost is expected to be just over $14.3 million, with a portion being financed with TIF.

The apartment building will include an elevated patio overlooking the Manitowoc River, heated underground parking, a large commons area and a private fitness center.

The city will construct the infrastructure needed for portions of Phase 1 of the River Point District development in 2021 and has plans for a river walk, kayak launch and public space along the Manitowoc River.

West Central

Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake Counties

ThedaCare reopens Tigerton clinic in renovated historic site

ThedaCare Family Medicine-Tigerton has reopened at a new site, the historic Swanke Mansion, which is owned by Tigerton Clinic Inc., a community-owned 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The organization was formed more than 70 years ago as the Tigerton Cooperative Hospital with the goal of ensuring that health care services are provided in the community. ThedaCare leases the clinic space in the mansion.  

Early in the pandemic, select ThedaCare clinics, including Tigerton, were temporarily closed, repurposed or transitioned to appointment-only to ensure safety of patients and staff members.

“Because of our team’s tireless work, we have multiple safeguards in place to manage our community’s health needs, and can continue our phased reopening plans to expand services,” said Dr. Jasmine Wiley, who along with other staff members helped with renovations and who provides care at ThedaCare clinics in Tigerton, Shawano and Clintonville.

Restorations and renovations at the site include adding a handicap ramp, restoring floors and repainting the mansion its original colors. Services offered at the clinic include family medicine, lab, X-ray, obstetrics care and minor surgical procedures.

The Northwoods

Florence, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto Counties

$17.5M settlement reached in Northwoods PFAS lawsuit

Johnson Controls, the parent company of Tyco Fire Products, has agreed to pay $17.5 million to Peshtigo area residents whose water was contaminated by “forever chemicals” from its Marinette manufacturing plant.

The agreement is part of a settlement in a 2018 class action lawsuit regarding PFAS — manmade chemicals shown to cause health problems — against Tyco and is subject to court approval.

In a statement, Johnson Controls said the settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing but “expresses our desire to resolve this litigation so that we can focus on the permanent solutions we have identified to get rid of the PFAS from the (Fire Technology Center).”

Under the proposed settlement, anyone who lived or owned property in the covered part of the Town of Peshtigo for at least a year since 1965 will be eligible for compensation. According to the settlement, there are more than 300 homes in the roughly three-square-mile area south of Marinette.

In a statement, an attorney representing the plaintiffs said the settlement, the first of its kind in a nationwide litigation, is a “huge milestone” for people harmed by fluorinated firefighting foam, known as AFFF.