Duke Behnke, Post-Crescent Media

Duke Behnke

Post-Crescent Media

Neenah, WI, United States

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Recent articles by Duke:

Appleton council advances Trout Museum's plan to relocate to Ellen Kort Peace Park

"This is not a co-location," Elisa DeGroot said. "This is not a partnership. It's a creative acquisition of an unavailable waterfront property." → Read More

Neenah police organize collection of supplies for Hurricane Ian victims in south Florida

Donations can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Neenah Pick 'n Save at 828 Fox Point Plaza. → Read More

Grand Chute referendum for five additional police officers would raise town taxes by 6.1%

The owner of a $200,000 home would pay an additional $64 in property taxes annually if the referendum passes. → Read More

Appleton leaders recommend rejecting library bids after they totaled $14 million over budget

The plans calls for the city to rebid the project early next year. The library will continue to operate at its temporary location. → Read More

Construction bids for Appleton Public Library renovation are millions over budget, putting timeline in doubt

The electrical bid alone was $1 million over the target. Six categories of the project's work received no bids at all. → Read More

Racine Street roundabouts open in Menasha, but travelers will have to wait longer to cross new bridge

Residents on Broad Street fear the new street design will create a safety hazard. The mayor and Wisconsin DOT disagree. → Read More

Fox Cities Exhibition Center trends in the right direction as region rebounds from pandemic

Through August, the exhibition center had secured 28 contracts totaling 4,233 hotel room nights for 2022. → Read More

Appleton will restudy plan to allow residents to plant flowers and vegetable gardens in street terraces

All private plantings would need to be cut down and removed from the terrace prior to Oct. 5 to accommodate the city’s fall leaf collection. → Read More

Kimberly-Clark installs rooftop solar system on mill at company's birthplace in downtown Neenah

The solar panels will generate 195 megawatt hours of renewable electricity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 134 tons annually. → Read More

Neenah teenager who killed his grandparents in 2019 will serve at least 40 years in prison

During a June 2021 trial, Alexander Kraus tried to convince a jury that a mental illness kept him from being able to understand what he did was wrong. → Read More

Rusty fences on State 441 bridges in Appleton will be replaced by Wisconsin DOT in 2023

The discolored appearance of the overpasses on the city's southeast side has been a concern of motorists at least since 2017. → Read More

Opening of bids for the renovation and expansion of the Appleton library delayed until Sept. 20

The budget for the Appleton library project totals $40.4 million, including $26.4 million in city property taxes. → Read More

Developers envision City Center Plaza in downtown Appleton as a hub for health and wellness services

Dark Horse Development plans to seek public assistance for the project through one of Appleton's tax incremental financing districts. → Read More

New debt from the Menasha school referendum could account for half of the school tax rate by 2025

If the Nov. 8 referendum to replace Maplewood Middle School is rejected by voters, the school tax rate would decline at least temporarily. → Read More

Urban agriculture: Appleton weighs changes to allow planting flower and vegetable gardens in street terraces

Council member Israel Del Toro wants residents to use greenspaces for biodiversity conservation and food production. → Read More

Appleton's $500,000 rebranding effort fizzles after elected officials redirect funds to other priorities

The city's website redesign, pedestrian safety program and information technology systems all rated ahead of rebranding. → Read More

Does Appleton or Milwaukee have the right to claim Houdini as its own?

"It doesn't matter what we have to say in 2022 if Houdini himself claimed Appleton as his hometown," Appleton Mayor Jake Woodford said. → Read More

Neenah hydrant meters help contractors reduce truck traffic to and from city water plant

Filling tank trucks from a hydrant, instead of the water plant, improves the freshness of water in the distribution system. → Read More

Police need help to crack these unsolved deaths and disappearances in the Fox Cities

The Post-Crescent interviewed investigators to update the status of dozens of deaths or disappearances where foul play is suspected. → Read More

What would Ellen Kort say? There are different views on moving Trout Museum to Peace Park

A public listening session on the museum's proposal will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at River Tyme Bistro, 425 W. Water St., in Appleton. → Read More