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SHEBOYGAN – When astronaut Jeff Williamsvisited Sheboygan earlier this summer, hetested an invention from a Sheboygan entre- preneur that could help prevent muscle and bone atrophy during prolonged missions in space. Called VibeTech One, the device uses vibration therapy and load-bearing exercise to stimulate muscles in the legs, hips and lower back. The first generation of the technology is already being used in hospitals and rehabilitation clinics — and inven- tor Jeff Leismer said he hopes to someday see the technology in use in space. “(Williams) said astronauts have some solutions Sheboygan entrepreneur shoots for the stars NASA-funded research led to basis for physical therapy startup VibeTech Phillip Bock Sheboygan Press USA TODAY NETWORK – WISCONSIN VibeTech Inc. of Sheboygan has released the second generation of its physical therapy product, which uses vibration technology to stimulate muscles in the legs and thighs. Pictured, company CFO Ed Morgan demonstrates the chair. COURTESY OF VIBETECH INC. "The machine is smart enough to do the workout for you when you’re too weak or decommissioned due to a surgery or injury, or maybe you don’t have the cognitive function and don’t know to push" Jeff Leismer InventorSee VIBETECH, Page 5A Call our Experts today for a FREE In-Home Consultation 920.395.1488 Offer expires November 30, 2017. Not valid with other offers or prior purchases. Financing available at participating locations with approved credit only. Minimum purchase of 4 or more windows or door. Repayment terms from 1 to 60 months. Depending on payment plan, interest may accrue from date of purchase but waived if paid in full with the repayment period. APR of 17.99% as of 1/1/2017. Offer valid only at participating locations. (c)Andersen Corporation. All rights reserved. Renewal by Andersen(r) has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2017 ENERGY STAR SUSTAINED EXCELLENCE award. 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Forecast, 5A How taking Watt could’ve altered Packers’ draft “I thought it was a legitimate possibility that I could go to Green Bay, but they didn’t want me.” 2B Funny how a story starts. The She- boygan County Historical Research Center was asked about a place in She- boygan called Laibach. What was it? Where was it? After several blank looks, a volunteer with Slovenian ancestry provided the background. It seems Laibach, meaning Little Lju- bljana, was an area in Sheboygan once filled with Slovenian immigrants. Fa- miliar names from the neighborhood were Strojinc, Zager, Hatata, Smolic, Pragles, Zager, Rajer, Mehack and Sus- cha. Slovenians thought this area had a resemblance to Ljubljana and since many, mostly bachelor Slovenians lived there, it was called little Ljubljana or Laibach. Boundaries were roughly from Martin Avenue south to Alexander Court along Calumet Drive Sheboygan. The group also used a piece of the Voll- rath subdivision for picnics and outdoor activities. The name Laibach is a nickname for the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, and it seems to be a moniker used strictly by the locals, a hybrid of German and Slo- vene. Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is located on the Sava River in the western part of the country. For centuries, it was part of the Hapsburg’s Austro-Hungar- ian empire. It passed to Yugoslavia in 1919 and was made the capital of Slove- nia in 1946 under Tito’s rule. The city continued as the capital of an indepen- dent Slovenia in 1991 after the breakup of communist Yugoslavia. In her History of the Slovenes in She- boygan, historian and historical author Marie Prisland tell us, “The economic conditions of Austria-Hungary forced the immigration of peasant Slovenes to other countries. With the few natural resources, unexploited and the territory thickly populated, they had to look else- Roenitz Tannery, major employer of the Slovenian immigrant population in Sheboygan. Garton Toy took over the Roenitz property. This image circa 1902. COURTESY OF THE SHEBOYGAN COUNTY HISTORICAL RESEARCH CENTER Research Center uncovers the Mystery of Laibach Beth Dippel Sheboygan Press Special to USA TODAY NETWORK – WISCONSIN See DIPPEL, Page 4A SHEBOYGAN – In its third such “Dark Stores Theory” court filing in Sheboy- gan County this year, Wal-Mart Stores on Wednesday sued the City of Sheboy- gan over its property tax bill for 2017. In what’s become a familiar legal strategy, the company claims the city’s assessor overshot the value of a south- side outlet by several million dollars. The store, located just off South Taylor Drive, was given a $13.265 million as- sessment for 2017, per the filing. But the company — it also goes by Walmart — claims it should have been no more than about $9.689 million. "The 2017 assessment of the Property was excessive," the company claims in its suit. "As a result, the tax imposed on the Property for 2017 was excessive." City Attorney Charles Adams wasn’t available for comment by phone Wednesday. Sheboygan Common Council mem- ber Mary Lynne Donohue said she hadn’t seen a copy of the suit yet. Still, she said, “I’m certainly not sur- prised, given their previous activity in the Town of Sheboygan and other loca- tions.” It’s the third Dark Stores-type suit Walmart sues City of Sheboygan over 2017 taxes ‘Dark Stores’ suit argues property assessment is far too high McLean Bennett Sheboygan Press USA TODAY NETWORK - WISCONSIN See LAWSUIT, Page 2A

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