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Shelly Wieneke To Be New City Clerk/Treasurer

Lorraine Lieswald/Atkinson Graphic

New City Clerk/Treasurer Shelly Wieneke

By Lorraine Lieswald
Atkinson Graphic reporter

Shelly Wieneke will take her seat in the Atkinson City Clerk's chair beginning Monday, April 10.

The seat was previously occupied for 42 years by Nancy Kopejtka who is retiring.

Wieneke has spent the last year working under Kopejtka to learn the ins and outs of the Atkinson City Clerk duties.

She brings to the position a solid background in finance. The native of Osmond, holds a Bachelor of Science and Business Administration degree from Wayne State College. 

Prior to coming to Atkinson five years ago to fill a scheduling position at West Holt Medical Services, Wieneke was in charge of accounts payable for eight years at Osmond Hospital and was in charge of accounting for 11 years at Supertel Hospitality before that.

“I love the numbers,” Wieneke said. “I love the finance part of it.”  

She does admit that filling Kopejtka's shoes will be a big task.  

“I look at all Nancy knows and what she's done and all I can say is 'Wow'. This is going to be hard. I'll just take it one day at a time and learn as I go.”

Wieneke believe her biggest challenge will be the city budget: “Making numbers work so that Atkinson continues to grow and thrive, I guess I would say that I am a bit apprehensive.”

“I'm impressed with how Atkinson has been growing and the dedication behind that growth. It's a neat little town!”

Wieneke lives with her significant other Ryan Fix. She has three sons, Dylan who works at the ethanol plant, Logan who will earn an associate’s degree in utility line from Northeast and will begin work in Stuart in May, and Carson a freshman at West Holt High School.

“Not many people know that I have a herd of 80 head of goats that I care for each day. I love to cook and bake and tend a big garden. I love spending time with my kids. I guess one would have to say I'm a home body,” Wieneke said, describing her life outside of work.

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