Duke Behnke, Post-Crescent Media

Duke Behnke

Post-Crescent Media

Neenah, WI, United States

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Past articles by Duke:

Here's what to know about the Trout Museum's decision to forgo Ellen Kort Peace Park

"The input from the public was certainly influential in the considerations," Mayor Jake Woodford said. → Read More

Appleton council: District 7 candidates mention public safety, debt load as top concerns

The winner of the April 4 election will earn a two-year term and succeed Maiyoua Thao, who didn't seek reelection. → Read More

Menasha joins flock of communities that allow residents to keep backyard chickens

Mayor Don Merkes broke a tie vote, noting Appleton, Fox Crossing, Harrison and Neenah all allow urban chickens. → Read More

Outagamie County suspends towing on I-41 and State 441 when conditions imperil safety

Law enforcement has issued five tow bans for the highways in the past two months due to adverse winter weather. → Read More

Neenah marks 150 years as a city with treasure hunt, birthday cake, music and more

"It's a great way to look back and celebrate all that the community has accomplished," Mayor Jane Lang said. → Read More

Uncertainly surrounds Trout Museum's proposal to relocate to Ellen Kort Peace Park

The Trout Museum is located in a century-old building at 111 W. College Ave., next to Houdini Plaza. → Read More

From Christmas trees to conjoined food, Wisconsin collectors find joy in hunt for unique items

"They'll say, 'Oh, I have a huge collection. I have 30,'" Marcia McDonald said, "and I'm like, 'Oh, my gosh, you don't even know.'" → Read More

Wisconsin DOT responsible for repairing guardrails on I-41 and State 441 in Neenah-Menasha

DOT spokesman says county highway departments "do a fabulous job" on maintenance and snowplowing in the winter. → Read More

Appleton scales back size and features of new public library in effort to bring the project within budget

Mayor Jake Woodford still is hopeful the construction can be rebid during the first quarter of the year. → Read More

John Andrews seeks change of venue on obstruction charge due to publicity surrounding Starkie Swenson case

The 83-year-old defendant has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor and is free on a $500 signature bond. → Read More

Neenah school board approves extension for Shattuck Middle School offer

The move extends the offer's contingencies until Jan. 31, with an option to extend them another 90 days after that. → Read More

How do water towers work? Here's the answer and why it's so important

The cycle of filling and emptying municipal water towers repeats daily, keeping the water in the towers fresh. → Read More

What's the likelihood of a white Christmas in Appleton and Green Bay? Historically, about 42% but a certainty this year

This month's snow accumulation will end an unusual streak of green Christmases from 2018 to 2021. → Read More

Flexible plastic packaging can and should be recycled, but not through your curbside pickup

Festival Foods, Meijer, Target and Walmart are among the stores that accept plastic bags, film and packaging for recycling. → Read More

What will downtown Neenah look like in 20 years? Neenah Next master plan illustrates some options

The city's consultant suggests creating a cycle track on Wisconsin Avenue between Riverside Park and Arrowhead Park. → Read More

Menasha to use federal COVID funds to help pay for $4.9 million redevelopment of Jefferson Park

The work is scheduled to begin in July, after the completion of CommunityFest, and continue into 2024. → Read More

Betterbin app provides users with detailed recycling instructions for Outagamie, Winnebago and Brown counties

For residents who aren't adept at using smartphone apps, Tri-County Recycling has a searchable Waste Wizard webpage to offer guidance. → Read More

Appleton resident, city find common ground following death of towering spruce tree

City Forester Mike Michlig disagreed that a street excavation killed the tree. But when we contacted him, he offered solutions. → Read More

Appleton reexamines library design and bidding process to bring project within $40.4 million budget

The Common Council rejected the first round of bids in October after they came in $14 million over the estimate. → Read More

Appleton police say trial of automated license-plate readers has helped solve crimes; Neenah already leases them

Neenah police have six Flock cameras in place at a cost of $2,500 per camera per year, or $15,000 annually. Appleton is testing 29 cameras. → Read More