Published Weekly in Random Lake, WI 53075 One Section, Vol. 104, No. 36
THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 2022
The Village of Random Lake's new ice skating rink opened on Wed., Dec. 29, and the news has traveled fast. There have been skaters and hockey players using it every day. "We've seen some very good turnouts," said Village President Mike San Felippo at Monday's board meeting. On Friday he met a family who came all the way from German- town (and met up with friends from Fredonia). They found out about it on the Internet. "This is exactly what we're trying to do," San Felippo said. ing back next weekend." He again thanked the donors who made the rink possible (the cost was about $9,000). Signs acknowledging the donors and volunteers have been posted. added. The rink is located on property owned by the Random Lake Piz- zeria on 2nd St. (where the old railroad depot was located). z Monday's meeting included a reminder that the winter park- ing ordinance is in effect. No parking is allowed on village streets between 2:45 a.m. and 7 a.m. Violators of the winter park- ing ordinance could receive a $25 $50 if not paid in 10 days). If the ticket is still unpaid it is referred to the Sheboygan County Sher- iff's Department for further ac- tion and increased penalties. z "We're out picking up Christmas trees," said Director of Public Works Joe Huiras. The Christmas decorations on util- ity poles will be taken down this week. During the week of Christmas there was a water main break on Lake Dr. The village crew got it Huiras said. "So far it has gone well with snow plowing." Christopher Kolb, a newly hired member of the village crew, will begin his duties on Jan. 10. His focus will be working at the wastewater treatment plant. z Clerk-Treasurer Jo Ann Lesser said that tax payments are continuing the arrive. She added that Rebecca Guter- mann, her new administrative assistant, is doing well. "She's learning a lot," said Lesser. "I'm happy with that." z The board has approved its election workers for the next two years. The chief election inspec- tors are Bonnie Klitzkie, Diane Neumann and Julie Neitzke. Election inspectors are Janet
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Busy Ice Rink
Random Lake Is Drawing Skaters
Creating Home Owners
Dale Krier Enjoyed Career in Real Estate
Dale T. Krier has thoroughly enjoyed his career in the real estate business, but he has decided it's time to retire. Krier, who will celebrate his 79th birth- day on Feb. 5, 2022, is closing down Krier Realty Inc., which has occupied a familiar "It was always exciting when somebody gave you a chance to sell their property," he says. "It was a real tough decision - I'm sure that I'm going to miss it. "I probably could have listed eight or nine properties in the last month," Krier adds. "I enjoyed the business and met a lot of wonderful people."
It Was Dad's Suggestion
Dale grew up in Random Lake, where his dad, Harold Krier, founded and operated the Krier Sod Co. After graduating from Ran- dom Lake High School in 1961, he enrolled at Wisconsin State University - Whitewater. "My dad insisted that I go to college," he recalls. But Dale decided that college was not for him. After one semester he came back home and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served from 1962 to 1964, including 13 months in Korea with the 1st Cavalry Divi- sion, 13th Signal Battalion. "Everything was in turmoil because it was just before the Vietnam War," he notes. The 1st Cavalry Division departed Korea early in 1965, but by the end of the year that unit was serving in Vietnam. Next Krier got a job at Bolens Mfg. in Port Washington. "I worked in the degreas- er line, where they start everybody," he says. After working for a year and a half at Bolens, Krier moved on to the PCM Division of Koehring Co. in Port Washington. This He got home around 3 p.m. and then from 4 p.m. to midnight Dale worked as a forklift driver at the Krier Preserving Co. in Random Lake. On Saturdays he helped his dad in the sod and landscaping business. The next milestone came on July 17, 1965, when he married his high school sweetheart, Melodie L. McPherson, and For a second time Dale followed one of his dad's suggestions. "My dad was always after me to get a real estate license," he re- calls. He decided to enroll in classes offered by Wisconsin School of Real Estate in Fond du Lac. He also completed the Dale Carn- egie Course in Effective Speaking & Human Relations. Dale remembers getting a comical phone call from his wife, who had opened up a let- ter from the school with his test results. "Hello ... is this Krier Realty?" she asked. "You mean I passed?" was Dale's re- sponse. A new chapter in his life was about to begin.
Real Estate Work Begins
Next Dale made the slow transition from full-time real estate career. It didn't happen overnight. Krier remembers a meeting he had with Leo L. Kircher, who had a longtime attorney 2nd St. "I told him that I wanted to start my own real estate company." Attorney Kircher encouraged him and said, "Come any time you have a question and I'll help you." was a country home in the Town of Scott. He held an open house that drew about 30 people. "I didn't know what I would do if all those people wrote offers," Dale states. "We did get it sold eventually." The selling price was $6,500. "I got more full-time as we went along," he explains. "Melodie started working at Times Printing Co. right after we got mar- ried. The real estate business is up and down all the time. The winter months were slower." Real estate salespeople don't get paid by the hour. They receive a commission only when a sale takes place (a negotiated percentage of the sale price, shared by the agent who lists the property and the agent who sells the property). A "broker" is a real estate agent who has completed additional training and licensing requirements. They can work independent- ly and hire other real estate agents to work for them. A "Realtor" is a licensed real estate agent or broker who is a member of the National Association of Realtors. Members must comply with NAR's Code of Ethics. Krier completed the transition from PCM to working full-time in real estate in 1969. The March 19, 1970 issue of the Random Lake Times newspaper included an an- nouncement about a new partnership - Krier Realty Inc. - with Harold J. Krier as president and Dale T. Krier as broker. They decided that Krier Sod Co. could the new Krier Realty Inc. The building had been constructed by Reuben Wells as a jew- elry store and living quarters.
Company Keeps Growing
Most of the properties listed by Krier Re- alty were located in Sheboygan and Ozau- kee counties, but they did sell homes in the Milwaukee area, West Bend, and as far north as Eagle River. "There were several homes that we sold more than once," Krier remembers. The business purchased the partially completed Westview Hills Subdivision along the vil- lage's west border and completed that de- velopment. Krier Realty eventually purchased the old high school property "on the hill" and developed it into a dozen residences. One of Krier's early business sales was the Casey Jones Bowling Alley in Plymouth. Several other real estate agents worked with Krier Realty. Bob Mayer of Random Lake was the longest running Krier asso- ciate. Others included Ralph Rady of Bel- gium, Maynard Groshek and Larry Newell, both from Port Washington. For the past eight years Dale's daughter, Tracy Plier, be- came an associate on a part-time basis. The real estate business underwent many changes as Multiple Listing Services were organized to help publicize properties for sale. The Internet's arrival in the mid 1990's triggered more changes in how real estate is advertised. Krier Realty got in-
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Dale Krier explains that when listing a new property for sale, a real estate agent must make accurate measurements and follow legal requirements.Next Page