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Cumberland looking at retiring this year

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 9:03pm
Principal position at Sacred Heart offeredBy: 

Tim Ryan [email protected]

Shawano School District Superintendent Gary Cumberland plans to retire at the end of this school year, about a year ahead of schedule, and take a post-retirement job with Sacred Heart Catholic Church, pending the Shawano School Board’s acceptance of his retirement.

Cumberland sent an email to school staff and school board members Thursday morning informing them of that possibility.

That email found its way to another local media outlet, which, according to Cumberland, incorrectly reported he was resigning.

“I never told anybody I was resigning,” he said. “I might be retiring, but I’m not resigning.”

Cumberland said he sent the email to staff so they would know of the possibility before they started hearing rumors.

“I wanted to get ahead of a rumor, and it sounds like I started one here,” he said.

Cumberland’s email to staff, which he subsequently forwarded to the Leader, states he was a approached a few weeks ago by Sacred Heart Catholic Church about whether he would be interested in becoming the principal.

“I indicated that if I were retired that would be something I would entertain,” Cumberland wrote in the email.

“My plan was to retire at the end of next school year, but I felt I needed to investigate this possible opportunity,” he wrote.

Cumberland said he accepted the position of Sacred Heart principal on Wednesday.

“That would mean that I will be retiring from the Shawano School District this year instead next year,” Cumberland wrote in his email. “I have talked with the School Board and plan to stay for awhile to help with the transition in the District. I will be retiring at the end of August.”

Cumberland told the Leader the decision shouldn’t be seen as reflecting any discontent with the district or his present job.

“I’m extremely happy where I’m at,” he said. “I just know that retirement is around the corner, but I can’t see myself retiring and doing nothing. This might be an opportunity to do something while I’m retired. It was an opportunity that arose and I was approached. If this opportunity hadn’t come up, I’d be here for at least one more year.”

Cumberland said in his email to staff that it was a difficult decision.

“This was a hard decision to make for me because I have invested so much time in the District at different levels as well as it was happening so fast,” Cumberland wrote. “I will miss being here but I realized I am not far away. I want to thank all of you for the great years I have had with the District. I consider many of you my friend and colleague. I wish each of you and the District the best as you continue to do great things for kids.”

Cumberland has been with the district for 19 years, starting as a principal, then becoming assistant superintendent and finally superintendent.

His retirement is pending on school board approval.

“The board hasn’t acted on it,” Cumberland said. “It’s up to the board. They don’t have to accept anything.”

Board President Tyler Schmidt said the board will act on the retirement request Monday.

“If he feels it’s his time to retire, God bless him and that is what it is,” Schmidt said. “Obviously, we would love to keep him. Gary has done a great job for us. We would love for him to stay, but if greener pastures have appeared for him, then that’s what it is.”


Thu, 05/16/2019 - 9:02pm
City forester, dedicated volunteers keep community, parks greenBy: 

David Wilhelms Leader Correspondent

Photo by David Wilhelms Mike Kroenke, city forester, shows off one of the new plantings in Franklin Park in Shawano.

Behind the trees in the city of Shawano is a grove of people who help them thrive.

Mike Kroenke, city forester, said volunteers and city personnel have combined to aid in planning, selection, planting and maintenance of trees.

Kroenke recently completed an arboretum plan for Franklin Park at the request of Matt Hendricks, city recreation director. The forester explained an arboretum “shows a diversity of trees. We plan to have an exhibit with labels on the trees so people can walk around and appreciate what we have.”

He added he hoped homeowners will “come here and see what the trees may look like at home.” In the plan is a site plaque that provides a guide to the park and its inhabitants.

Kroenke highlighted, “Beauty. Diversity. Functionality. These are our key concepts. We have the trees in the ‘right’ place. We’re adding color. We have evergreens and serviceberry for the birds.”

Placement is key for a particular species, Kroenke said, pointing out that many of the evergreens and cedars are near the fountain where they can benefit from the additional water. The white pines in the park have been placed so they have plenty of space to grow. Seventy trees from 30 different native species have been planted in the past two years in the city’s recent focus on Franklin Park.

Placement is also key for the goals of the park, the forester said. In front or north of the new bandshell, taller shade trees, including the elms but also maples, have been planted in a ring to eventually provide shade for concert goers. Providing “some definition” on the south side of the bandshell are some arborvitae and crab apple trees, a donation from Toni Knope in honor of her husband, Doug Knope. Several mountain ash have been planted on the east side of the park, providing some color and a pleasant background for the Shawano Farmers Market.

“It’s sort of a work of art, a landscape architecture,” Kroenke said. “You don’t just buy trees and plop them in the ground. You have to walk the plot of land and make decisions.” Buying high-quality stock, planting them carefully, and providing plenty of water is necessary to keep the “art” growing, he added.

Longer-lived, slower-growing trees like bur oak, black walnut and shagbark hickory are part of the overall design and also provide nuts for birds and wildlife. One hickory, a notoriously difficult tree to transplant because of its long taproot, is a donation from Tom Anderson.

The choice of bur oak may surprise some as it is historically more suited to prairies such as are found in southern Wisconsin. Kroenke said the trees reflect the forward thinking of the tree program because the oaks now fare better in northern situations due to climate change.

New horizon elms are another surprising choice for Franklin Park. Kroenke explained that the tree is a hybrid and resistant to the disease that has devastated the species across the country. Disease resistance is a key selection criteria, Kroenke noted.

For that reason, he and the other groups and individuals have avoided red oaks — susceptible to oak wilt — and chose a disease-resistant variety of shagbark hickory. Perhaps an exception is the planting of white pines despite their weakness for the tip weevil. Kroenke said former Mayor Jeanne Cronce asked for white pines to be included. The forester also noted the city is losing many of its signature mature white pines and the new plantings are a compensation.

Franklin Park now has a mix of deciduous shade trees and “even some fruit trees so the kids can see what they look like,” Kroenke said. The plum tree is now in bloom.

Co-op Park, on Richmond Street, is another recent focus as the city and United Cooperative recently completed a land swap, providing the city with a larger parcel. Kroenke said he was in the park on a recent Sunday to do some work “and the park was just full of kids, grandmothers and mothers. It was really good to see.”

The park boasts a number of crabapple trees, also donations from the Knope family.

Also looking to the future of trees in the city, Kroenke said a $3,000 grant from American Transmission Co., sought after a suggestion from Bob Dumke, another tree committee member, provided seedlings for a giveaway to school children and interested homeowners.

Most of the evergreens went to children, and Kroenke hope the seedlings would be an inspiration for them. He credited Ed Whealon as the first mayor to volunteer to help package and distribute the trees. He noted the present mayor and past administrations have been very supportive of trees and parks. One sign of that support is the annual hiring of a Public Works employee to water the trees, planters, and hanging flower baskets in the city.

Shawano is a designated Bird City, and planting fruit and nut trees is one response. The city has also been a part of the Tree City USA initiative for 25 years and has won the “Growth Award” from the initiative for the past nine years for going above and beyond the basic requirements.

If there is a downside to promoting and protecting trees in the city, Kroenke said confronting invasive species like glossy buckthorn is a challenge. The tree is a foreign import and very difficult to eradicate, requiring repeated chemical treatments, especially in Kuckuck Park.

Invasives are also being controlled under highlands that run through the city. They are now planting switchgrass as habitat for ground-nesting birds. Birds also will benefit from the planting of high bush cranberry and serviceberry.

The city offers a brochure on the selection, planting, and care of trees assembled by the Tree Advisory Committee and the Department of Public Works (DPW). Kroenke noted his supervisor, DPW Director Scott Kroening, has been very supportive of the effort to praised the work of the committee, a volunteer group, who have been very active in providing insights on the aesthetics and number of trees planted over the years.

Committee members Ross Langhurst, Pete Daniel and Tom Sturm recently devoted a day to planting trees in Co-op Park. Kroenke also credited the leadership and insights of long-time tree committee chair Bill Erdmann.

Pointing to a mature red oak tree on the west edge of the park, Kroenke said, “That’s my favorite tree here. That’s what I want the parks to look like.”

Tigerton Main Street program wins state awards

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 8:59pm

Despite being the smallest community involved in the Wisconsin Main Street program, the village of Tigerton received several honors at the organization’s 28th annual awards program April 26 in Chippewa Falls.

James and Brenda Gauthier, of Tigerton, were acknowledged as Volunteers of the Year. Of the 34 Main Street communities in Wisconsin, only 16 had Volunteers of the Year awarded this year.

Kathryn Robbins, president of First National Bank in Tigerton, received a corporate supporter award — one of only three awarded this year.

“Without outstanding ambassadors like James, Brenda and Kathryn, our organization could not survive,” said Andrea Graham, Tigerton Main Street program manager. “Our community is forever grateful for everything they do.”

Tigerton Main Street was also recognized for its 25th anniversary.

Tigerton Main Street’s next events are the Fourth of July block party and Applefest on Sept. 28.

The Main Street program was developed by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to support downtown community development in Wisconsin municipalities.

Public Record

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 8:58pm

Shawano Police Department

May 15

Police logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a report of a fight in progress at Sunset Avenue and Main Street.

Assault — Police investigated assault complaints in the 200 block of South Washington Street and 100 block of East Elizabeth Street.

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported in the 200 block of North Main Street.

Theft — A theft from a vehicle was reported in the 700 block of South Union Street.

Burglary — An attempted burglary was reported in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle accident in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint at Green Bay and Bartlett streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 15

Deputies logged 45 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A dock was reported stolen on Bailey Lane in the town of Waukechon.

Harassment — Harassment was reported on Nauman Road in the town of Green Valley.

Fraud — Authorities investigated a telephone scam complaint on Shady Road in the town of Lessor and a blacktopping scam on state Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Oriole Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Clintonville Police Department

May 15

Police logged eight incidents, including the following:

Theft — Thefts were reported on South Main Street and Hemlock Street.

Village of Wittenberg passes audit

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 8:57pm
Water rates being addressed by PSCBy: 

Miriam Nelson [email protected]

According to a recent audit, the Village of Wittenberg is doing well financially with a healthy general fund balance.

Jackie Nielson, audit manager at Kerber Rose accounting firm, presented the 2018 audit report to the village board at its meeting May 7.

Industry standards indicate that having 25 to 30% of budgeted expenditures on hand for the coming year is a sign of a good general fund balance, Nielson said, and Wittenberg falls within that parameter. Nielson also explained to the board why having that healthy balance is important.

“A municipality is not like a regular business where there are monthly expenditures and revenues,” she said. “Most of your money comes in the beginning of the year from taxes, then some comes in the summer from the state and then the rest comes in toward the end of the year.”

She noted that with its general fund, the village doesn’t have to do any short-term borrowing to cover expenses.

Wittenberg also got good marks regarding comparisons from budget to actual figures, which gets reported to the Governmental Accounting Standards board. The village was over budget $4,405 for Public Works. According to Nielson, most municipalities run over budget in several categories.

“What this means is, you’re doing a good job of putting together and maintaining a realistic and reasonable budget,” Nielson said.

Where Wittenberg falls short is not charging enough for water utility rates. The rates are being reviewed by the Public Service Commission.

Nielson noted that the village would have been better off raising the rate by a little each year.

Trustee Dave Timm asked whether the PSC would be building in a cushion of 10 to 20% along with the rate increase.

Nielson said the PSC generally sets that cushion at 5 to 6%. A recommendation is expected after the PSC completes its review this summer.

Clintonville schools looking at more planning

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 8:55pm
Committee formed, input meetings scheduledBy: 

Grace Kirchner Leader Correspondent

To help the Clintonville School District with its facilities analysis and future planning, the district is looking for help from the community.

At its meeting Monday, the Clintonville School Board voiced a need for a committee of 20 to 30 people to review data and help with the planning.

“It would be ideal that the committee be comprised of representation from many stakeholders — including staff, board, administration, parents, community, business and civic leaders,” said Dr. David Dyb, superintendent.

The board unanimously selected Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc., of Appleton, to work with the district on its facility analysis and strategic facilities plan.

Committee meetings are scheduled to take place at Clintonville High School, most likely on June 3, June 13, June 17, July 8, July 15, Aug. 5 and Aug. 19, all from 6-8 p.m. Committee members would be expected to attend all the meetings.

The district is seeking input on its facilities plan as it contemplates a referendum. On April 4, 2017, voters turned down the district’s proposed $24.9 million referendum 1,140-733. The plan at the time was to raze the Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School complex and the historical 1918 building. The referendum would have constructed a new elementary school facility at the same location.

Community members who would like information or are interested in joining the committee can call Dyb at 715-823-7215, ext. 2604.

City nearly done with street work as DOT prepares to move in

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:12am
State project will mill, overlay Green Bay StreetBy: 

Tim Ryan [email protected]

Workers position a boring machine to put a pipe under the railroad tracks on Fifth St.

The city will soon be wrapping up its end of street work for the year, paving the way for the state Department of Transportation to take the wheel for a major project along East Green Bay Street.

Public Works Director Scott Kroening said sewer and water utility work on East Fifth Street between Hamlin Street and Fairview Avenue should be completed by the middle of next week.

That doesn’t mean the road will be completely open for business.

The city will grade the street and make it passable, Kroening said, and then maintain it until it’s handed off to the DOT, which has included it in its Green Bay Street project.

“We’ll maintain it till the DOT comes in,” Kroening said. “If there are rain events, we may have to go in and clean it up a little bit.”

Work on Fifth Street has forced a new route for the Memorial Day Parade, which typically uses that street to get to Woodlawn Cemetery from Huckleberry Harbor.

The new route for the May 27 parade will start at the south fairgrounds gate at South Fairview Avenue and East Center Street, then continue north to the cemetery.

The DOT is expected start work in the middle of June and wrap up by the end of July.

The project will mill and overlay Green Bay Street from Main Street to the east city limits, and will include addressing the railroad crossings on Green Bay Street between Hamlin and Ellis streets and on Fifth Street just west of Washburn Street that have long been a source of driver complaints.

“They’ve got some storm sewer work to do first, along with taking out curb and sidewalk,” Kroening said. “Then they’ll start on excavating the street, putting the gravel in and put the curb and gutter and sidewalk back in, then eventually put the pavement back down.”

Meanwhile, paving should be done by the end of the week on Main Street, where the city is wrapping up a water main saddle replacement project.

At issue are stainless steel saddles, a type of metal sleeve, that hold the service connection to the water main. They were installed during the Main Street reconstruction project in 2002 and 2003. The project stretched from the channel to the Mountain Bay Trail at Oshkosh Street.

At least three of those saddles have failed over the last 10 years.

A corroded saddle was blamed for a water main break outside Dreier Pharmacy at 117 S. Main St. on Jan. 4 of last year.

Before that, two water main breaks occurred in the 100 block of North Main Street in February 2009 and December 2010, only about 50 to 75 feet away from one another. Another saddle failed in the 200 block of South Main Street in September 2013.

It was determined that high levels of chloride in the soil were responsible for those saddle failures.

Kroening said many of the saddles taken out during the replacement project were showing early signs of corrosion, but some actually fell apart as they were being removed.

“We’re lucky we didn’t have some other issues there,” he said. “It was only a matter of time.”

The new saddles, which are brass this time, were wrapped in heavy plastic, and additional backfill was be added to protect them from the chloride.

Shawano Hockey League gets tourism grant

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 12:06am
Money will be used to replace ice rink dasher boardsBy: 

Leader Staff

Leader photo by Tim Ryan Posing with a large check representing a $60,000 grant from the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce tourism development fund are, from left, top row, Jeff Huntington, Shawano Hockey League president, Ron Schumacher, tourism development fund committee member, Monique Knope, Shawano Hockey League board member, and John Miesbauer, Shawano Hockey League vice president; standing, Ed Whealon, tourism development fund committee member, Sally Jo Stevens, chairwoman of the tourism development fund committee, and Patti Peterson, Shawano Country tourism manager.

The Shawano Hockey League has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce’s tourism development fund.

The money will be used to replace 38-year-old dasher boards at the Crawford Center skating rink.

The league was given the grant based on the rink’s draw as a tourist feature.

According to John Miesbauer, Shawano Hockey League vice president, an estimated 125 to 160 room nights are generated per hockey tournament. In 2019, four regular tournaments plus the Bantam State Tournament were held at the Crawford Center from January through March.

“We are pleased to assist the Shawano Hockey League with the purchase of new dasher boards and believe the improvement to the facility will generate more opportunities to expand the number of tournaments,” said Sally Jo Stevens, chairwoman of the Tourism Development Fund Committee. “The Crawford Center is a tremendous asset to Shawano County and the outlying communities.”

SHL is an independent nonprofit organization created to promote youth hockey in the Shawano County region.

The league is governed by the Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA) and USA Hockey. They are classified as a Division 4 level club playing in WAHA Region 3. All SHL Teams (Squirt level and higher) are entered in regional playoffs to qualify for WAHA State Tournaments held in March.

The volunteer-run league serves children ages 4 to 14.

Public Record

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 11:56pm

Shawano Police Department

May 14

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Trespassing — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 300 block of East Fifth Street.

Juvenile Problems — Police responded to juvenile problems in the 100 block of South Franklin Street, 1000 block of South Main Street, 200 block of South Washington Street and 800 block of Easter Maurer Street.

Theft — A wallet was reported stolen in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street. A theft was also reported in the 700 block of South Maiden Lane.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 500 block of North Lafayette Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 14

Deputies logged 45 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Harassment was reported at Bonduel Middle/High School, 400 W. Green Bay St. in Bonduel.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Julius Street in the town of Angelica.

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint on Uecker Street in the town of Grant.

OAR — A 31-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation on Commerce Way in Gresham, and a 34-year-old man was cited for OAR on Washington Street in Shawano.

Theft — A purse was reported stolen on Church Road in the town of Morris.

Accidents — Authorities logged five deer-related crashes.

Clintonville Police Department

May 14

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Vaping — Vaping on school grounds was reported on West Green Tree Road.

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported on West Green Tree Road.

Disturbance — A disturbance was reported on Flora Way.

Budget panel to consider Evers clean water borrowing plan

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:42pm
Authority would cover hardship projectsBy: 

The Associated Press

The Legislature’s budget-writing committee Tuesday overwhelmingly approved Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ proposal to authorize more borrowing for clean water projects, handing the governor a small victory after killing his plan to replace lead pipes across the state last week.

The state Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Administration jointly run the clean water program and safe drinking water program. The clean water program provides low-interest loans to municipalities for planning, building or replacing wastewater treatment facilities, reducing nonpoint pollution and reducing storm water runoff. The safe drinking water program provides matching dollars for federal aid for building and upgrading drinking water infrastructure such as well houses and water mains.

Evers has declared 2019 the year of clean drinking water in Wisconsin.

His budget calls for increasing the clean water program’s borrowing authority by $13.5 million to cover hardship projects that have qualified for funding since 2017.

The program sets aside subsidies each biennium to help municipalities that meet financial hardship criteria, including whether the municipality’s median household income is 80 percent or less than the state’s median income and annual charges per residential user for wastewater treatment would exceed 2 percent of the median household income, according to the Department of Natural Resources website.

Republicans decided to eliminate the hardship component in the current state budget and reduced borrowing authority by $40.6 million.

They retained eligibility for initial applications submitted prior to mid-2017 and final applications submitted prior to mid-2018, however. The state Department of Administration at the time estimated that the $40.6 million reduction in borrowing authority would leave about $6 million in borrowing authority to cover those projects.

The Department of Administration has since discovered accounting mistakes that show the program actually needs authorization to borrow up to $19.5 million to cover the projects.

As for the safe drinking water program, Evers wants to add $3.6 million in general obligation bonding authorization as a transition during the next fiscal year from general obligation bonds to revenue-backed bonds. General obligation bonds can be repaid from a variety of sources. Revenue bonds are repaid using money generated from specific projects.

The Joint Finance Committee considered the proposals Tuesday. Republicans control the committee but joined the three Democratic members in voting to approve both proposals unanimously with almost no discussion.

Democrats still complained bitterly, though, about committee Republicans’ decision Thursday to erase an Evers proposal to authorize $40 million in borrowing to help municipalities replace lead laterals, which are pipes that carry water from mains into homes. Republicans have argued that most of the money would be spent replacing laterals in Milwaukee and that it wouldn’t be fair to the rest of the state.

The provision was one of more than 100 Evers’ proposals the GOP stripped from the spending plan that day in a single vote.

The committee’s co-chairman, Republican Rep. John Nygren, tried to cut off comments about the move Tuesday, saying he doesn’t plan to revisit past actions as the committee continues reviewing Evers’ budget. Democrats appealed that ruling, using it as a platform to rail against Republicans over lead pipes.

Democratic Rep. Evan Goyke, of Milwaukee, told the panel that his home has lead pipes. He poured a glass of water from a thermos he said held water from his faucet and challenged anyone to drink it. Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach, of Madison, said that if southeastern Wisconsin, a Republican stronghold, was struggling with lead pipes, the Legislature would be holding extraordinary sessions to deal with the problem.

“Okay,” Nygren responded. “Politics on full display.”

The panel ultimately voted 11-4 to not allow committee members to revisit past votes.

Committee Republicans scrapped another Evers proposal Tuesday to save a grant program that helps home and small business owners replace failing septic systems. Under the current state budget, the program ends in mid-2021. Evers had proposed continuing it indefinitely. The GOP did approve providing the program with another $185,000, however. Its currently appropriated $840,000 annually.

Pulaski schools honor 16 retirees

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:40pm

Photo courtesy of Pulaski Community School District Retiring from the Pulaski Community School District this year are, from left, front row, Betty Kestly, Kathy Belaire, Joan Riedel and Ramona Kornaus; back row, Kim Krenz-Wozniak, Wayne Smith, Mary Connolly, Mary Sturm-Johnson, Jamie Hubbard, Dave Bentz and Joanne Kurowski. Not pictured are Renee de la Cruz, Deb Dolata, Lori Gray, Gary Karcz and Mark Reimer.

Sixteen employees who are retiring this year from the Pulaski Community School District were honored May 8 at an awards banquet. Also honored were 76 employees who are celebrating service anniversaries.

“The community in the Pulaski Community School District includes outstanding students and their supportive families, generous and supportive community partners and diverse municipalities. But arguably the most important are you, our incredible staff,” said Bec Kurzynske, superintendent. “You are the reason that we are able to provide great learning opportunities for our students each and every day, and I thank you for your dedication and commitment.”

“Everybody on the board has children or has had children enrolled in the district, and we’ve seen firsthand what a difference you make in their lives,” said Michael Voelker, board of education president. “I want to thank all of you for the service you’ve given to the district and the milestone you are celebrating tonight, and also give a special thanks to our retirees who are marking the end of their service and looking forward to the next chapter in their lives.”

Retiring this year are Kathy Belaire, Dave Bentz, Mary Connolly, Renee de la Cruz, Deb Dolata, Lori Gray, Jamie Hubbard, Gary Karcz, Betty Kestly, Ramona Kornaus, Kim Krenz-Wozniak, Joanne Kurowski, Mark Reimer, Joan Riedel, Mary Sturm-Johnson and Wayne Smith.

Staff members being honored for 10 years of service are Patrice Bablitch, Dawn Bogucki, Sharon Brabender, Rebecca Budz, Sarah Casper-Due, Sherry Czarapata, Cindy DeNeys, Amy Fischer, Sarah Hoverson, Theresa Josephson, Gary Karcz, Cory Krizizke, Susan Lewin, Ray Majewski, Jerad Marsh, Amber Molle, Joann Neily, Jessica Rosenberg-Fredrickson, Dave Shaw, Wayne Smith and Aaron Triphan.

Those who have served 15 years include Katie Backhaus, Michelle Fischer, Amy Grzeskowiak, Kerri Haertl, Elizabeth Kust, Ryan Mentink, Patrick Rades, Sally Robertson, Tami Sullivan, Tracy Sundstrom, Kathy Tennant, Jamie Thompson, Jane Wendt, Char Wilson and Tricia Yarbro.

Twenty-year employees are Laurie Babiarz, Nicole Borley, Joan Brylski, Kathy Fischer, Amy Gee, Paula Goeben, Beth Hansen, Sandy Harvey, Jenn Heck, Christy Hutjens, Lisa Jourdan, Kandy Lardinois, Kelly Logue, Brian Morgan, Sarah Morgan, Darral Otto, Deb Schneider, Jenni Schwittay, Jenny Stehlik, Tracey Szymanski, Amy Uelmen, Jeff Uelmen, Celine Van Vreede, Carrie Wagner, Sue Wheeler, Carol Witthuhn and Jon Wood.

Employees celebrating 25 years are Shelly Bierhals, Carrie Burch, Tom Busch, Mary Connolly, Jim Doell, Paul Ford, Jenny Gracyalny, Marty Krause, Paula Krause and Tricia Paul.

Carrie Fischer was honored for serving the district for 30 years, and Laurie Przybylski and David Reinking marked their 35-year service anniversaries.

Clintonville picks Freitag as new police chief

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:34pm
Conditional offer made with start date of May 29By: 

Grace Kirchner Leader Correspondent

The Clintonville Police and Fire Commission has announced that Craig Freitag has accepted the position as Clintonville’s next police chief.

Freitag fills the position that was held by James Beggs who retired in April. The offer requires medical and psychiatric evaluations, a drug test, and an in-depth background investigation. Provided the requirements have been met, Freitag will be given a final offer of employment with a start date of May 29.

Freitag is excited about the transition and the opportunity it presents. He has also told the commission that he has found a house in Clintonville and hopes to be able to begin building a new home in the city next year. According to City Administrator Sharon Eveland, the commission is confident that Freitag will be a valuable asset to the police department and to the community.

Freitag has been in law enforcement for 15 years. He started his career in the village of Rio part time in 2004, while going to college and going through the police academy. After completing college, he was hired by the village of Lake Delton Police Department for a full time position for the summer.

He was then hired by the village of Randolph department, where he worked for nine years.

He volunteered for the emergency medical service as a driver. He served on the Randolph School Board the past six years and has coached youth football for nine years.

In 2014, Freitag was hired to work for the Lodi Police Department, where he is now a lieutenant. He works part time for the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department as a drug investigator.

Public Record

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:32pm

Shawano Police Department

May 13

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint at Park Street and Lieg Avenue.

Disorderly — Police responded to disorderly conduct complaints in the 800 block of Olson Street, 100 block of Prairie Street and 400 block of South Franklin Street.

Theft — Little Caesar’s Pizza, 1056 E. Green Bay St., reported a theft complaint.

Fraud — ThedaCare Medical Center, 100 County Road B, reported a counterfeit $100 bill. Police also investigated a scam complaint in the 1500 block of Estates Lane.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Vandalism — Vandalism was reported in the 900 block of East Maurer Street.

Warrant — A 47-year-old Green Bay man was arrested for an outstanding warrant in the 500 block of South Union Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 13

Deputies logged 55 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to disturbances on Ho Chunk Road in the town of Wittenberg and Ah Toh Wuk Court in Bowler.

Truancy — Authorities logged 10 truancy complaints from Birnamwood Elementary-Middle School, 337 Main St. in Birnamwood.

Fraud — Authorities investigated an identity theft complaint on U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Birnamwood and an internet scam complaint on Krueger Road in the town of Grant.

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported on Regina Road in the town of Aniwa.

Clintonville Police Department

May 13

Police logged 10 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — A 29-year-old Clintonville man was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Disturbances — A family disturbance was reported on Motor Street, and a neighbor dispute was reported on Lincoln Avenue.

DNR waives recreation fees June 1-2

Tue, 05/14/2019 - 10:31pm

To help kick off summer and encourage family recreation, Wisconsin is offering free outdoor activities to residents and visitors June 1-2.

During this weekend, entry into the DNR’s 64 state parks, forests and recreation areas is free. Also, the state is waiving its fishing license requirements for the weekend and offering free fishing clinics around the state and loans of free fishing equipment.

All state trail pass fees on all DNR-owned properties are waived for ATV/UTV riders. Nonresident ATV/UTV owners do not need a trail pass on these days, either. All other rules and regulations still apply, and safety education certification is required for all UTV and ATV operators who were born on or after Jan. 1, 1988.

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New Chinese tariffs’ impact on local farming still uncertain

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 9:19pm
Alfalfa winter kill creates more immediate problemBy: 

David Wilhelms Leader Correspondent

The impact of new tariffs on northeastern Wisconsin farmers is still unknown.

U.S. stock markets fell sharply Monday in a first response to the doubling of U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods over the weekend.

“Due to the economic struggle throughout the agriculture industry, it is really difficult to point to one issue such as tariffs causing farmers to put off projects or change plans,” Kimberly Kassube, Shawano County University of Wisconsin-Extension agriculture educator, said on Monday.

“The cause of low prices and rising costs of inputs is multifaceted and has been a problem for several years now, even before the tariffs that came into effect in 2018. The tariffs, however, added to the economic issues farmers are facing. It is hard to say what exactly will happen with the new tariffs taking place on June 1 but it certainly won’t help the current situation. As the new tariffs take effect, I would tell farmers as they face problems, reach out, Extension is here to help.”

Kassube is fielding very few inquiries about the dairy situation and surviving the tariffs,

“Most of the questions I am getting in right now center around the price of hay,” Kassube said. There was significant winter kill of alfalfa in the county this year, making already low forage inventories even lower. Many producers are looking for quality forage to buy as well as some alternative forages to grow this season to make up the low inventories.”

The American Soybean Association (ASA) weighed in on Monday with this statement: “While we support the Administration’s overall goals in these negotiations, ASA cannot support continuing and escalating the use of tariffs to achieve them. We call on the Administration to conclude an agreement focused on significantly reducing the U.S. trade deficit with China, including restoring and increasing our agricultural exports and eliminating China’s 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans.”

Robert Cropp, University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension, reported in his April 2019 Dairy Situation & Outlook, “In summary, milk prices are shaping up to be much improved over the low milk prices in 2018.” The May Class I (fluid milk) price is $16.42, up 66 cents from last month and up $1.98 from a year ago.

Cropp expects steady increases in cheese prices while fluid (beverage) milk sales will continue to decline but said exports will be a significant factor.

President Donald Trump increased tariffs from 10% to 25% on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports as of June 1. The Chinese Finance Ministry on Monday announced tariff hikes of 5% to 25%. They apply to $60 billion of U.S. goods covering 5,140 products such as batteries, spinach and coffee as of June 1. China responded to continuing U.S. allegations of technology theft and pressure on companies to turn over trade secrets.

The president tweeted Friday morning that U.S. farmers would benefit from the U.S. possibly buying $15 billion in goods to provide foreign humanitarian assistance. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue also tweeted Friday that the president directed the agency to “work on a plan quickly.” U.S. farm income this year is projected to be $69.4 billion, about 45% below a 2013 high.

The federal government already provides up to $10 billion in direct assistance to soybean, corn, pork, dairy and other producers to offset impacts from trade disputes with China, Mexico, Canada and other countries. It also spends about $1.2 billion to purchase food for schools, food pantries and other programs.

China is the fourth-largest export market for U.S. agriculture, buying $9.3 billion in U.S. agricultural products last year. Complicating the situation is a pandemic of African swine fever sweeping through China’s herd and cutting demand for whey and whey by-products along with soybeans.

The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) reports, “Chinese imports of dairy goods is up 13% in the first quarter compared to the same period in 2018. But they’ve been buying from everywhere but the U.S,” noting U.S. companies sold record volumes of cheese to South Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, the Middle East/North Africa and Central America in March.

“Since the tariffs when into effect in July 2018, U.S. dairy volume to China has fallen 43%, factoring in March’s dismal results,” the USDEC report states.

The Associated Press’ Damian J. Trouse reported, “U.S. stocks extended the market’s slide into a second week as investors seek shelter from an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China. The world’s two largest economies had seemed on track to resolve the ongoing trade dispute that was cutting into consumers’ wallets and corporate balance sheets.”

A sticking point is U.S. insistence on an enforcement mechanism to ensure Beijing lives up to its commitments. American officials say China has repeatedly broken past promises.


What exactly are tariffs?

Tariffs are a tax on imports. They are typically charged as a percentage of the transaction price that a buyer pays a foreign seller. They are not payments from one government to another, according to They are sometimes called duties or levies. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents collect tariffs at 328 ports of entry across the country. The funds they collect go to the U.S. Treasury.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Pathways plans donation of grant money for future project

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 9:16pm
Group gathering input on improving bike paths, walkwaysBy: 

Tim Ryan [email protected]

Shawano Pathways plans to make a $12,000 donation to the city from grant money it has obtained to help fund an as yet undetermined project that will improve biking paths and walkways.

Shawano is among 10 communities across the country to receive assistance from the Safe Routes National Partnership to develop an action plan for improving biking and walking to local parks, green spaces and on trails.

Shawano Pathways was selected by the Safe Routes to School National Partners to join Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities, which includes a $12,000 grant and technical assistance focused on improving safe and equitable local park access.

“It fits very well with the Pathways goals,” Pathways President Nancy Brown-Koeller said during a presentation to the Shawano Common Council last week.

“The grant requires community input and coalition with the parks department and police department,” Koeller said.

“We all have a different niche in the community and we’re all using it to set our own objectives,” she said.

“The purpose is to do a small project fairly soon,” Koeller said. “We don’t know what that is. We’re going to let the input tell us. But the bigger part of the grant is to develop an action plan for something bigger. That requires working with our coalition partners, with the city and with the county.”

The group recently held three listening sessions, which drew about 30 people, according to Koeller.

Pathways has also conducted walking audits in some areas to determine where walking and biking are problematic.

One location cited by Koeller at last week’s council meeting is East Green Bay Street, where the sidewalk ends and forces people to cross ditches and cut through parking lots to get to their destination.

“There’s things we could be doing,” Koeller said. “We’re going to develop an action plan and we’ll come back and share that.”

Koeller said the end result will be a $12,000 donation to Shawano for something not yet determined.

After that, she said, there will be “a plan to do something bigger and better that the community wants.”

Shawano Pathways was selected by the Safe Routes to School National Partners to join Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities, which includes a $12,000 grant and technical assistance focused on improving safe and equitable local park access.

The data will also be used for Shawano Pathways’ strategic planning, and be shared with the city’s parks and recreation department and police department, the Shawano Common Council and Shawano County Board for their planning efforts.

With funding from The JPB Foundation, Safe Routes to Parks supports collaboration among community partners to ensure that children and adults can easily and safely walk, bike or roll to local parks and green spaces.

The JPB Foundation is a private foundation which directs its giving promoting opportunities for people in poverty, advancing medical research, and enabling a healthy environment.

Shawano will be among 10 communities across the country to receive training and coaching from the safe routes partnership to develop an action plan for improving active travel to local parks and green spaces and implement early actions from the plan.

Memorial Day parade route changed

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 9:11pm

Leader Staff

Shawano’s Memorial Day parade route this year has been changed due to the construction on East Fifth Street.

In previous years, the parade traveled from Huckleberry Harbor to Woodlawn Cemetery via Fifth Street.

This year, however, “it’s not going to be in any shape to have the parade there,” Police Chief Dan Mauel told the Shawano Common Council last week.

The May 27 parade will begin near the south fairgrounds gate at South Fairview Avenue and East Center Street.

Staging will be on the fairgrounds parking lot at the south gate.

The parade will begin at 9:20 a.m. and move north on Fairview, cross East Green Bay Street and continue along Fairview Way to Woodlawn Cemetery.

Motorists planning on travelling East Green Bay Street that morning are encouraged to use an alternate route as the Fairview Way intersection with Green Bay Street will be closed for a short time while the parade passes through.

Public Record

Mon, 05/13/2019 - 9:10pm

Shawano Police Department

May 12

Police logged 14 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 51-year-old Neopit man was arrested for operating while intoxicated at Danks and Lafayette streets.

Drug Offense — Police investigated drug complaints in the 500 block of South Main Street at Hamlin and Maurer streets.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 1000 block of South Bartlett Street.

May 11

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Disturbances — A 52-year-old Shawano man arrested for disorderly conduct, battery/domestic and child abuse after a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street. Police also responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of South Andrews Street.

Theft — A phone was reported stolen in the 400 block of South Picnic Street. A TV was reported stolen in the 500 block of South Main Street.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint at Prospect Circle and Lieg Avenue.

Vandalism — No trespassing signs were reported vandalized in the 900 block of East Maurer Street.

May 10

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a verbal dispute at the Super 8 Motel, 211 Waukechon St.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run at Goodwill Industries, 300 Lakeland Road.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., and Kwik Trip, 1241 E. Green Bay St., reported shoplifting incidents.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Harassment — Harassment on Facebook was reported in the 200 block of South Airport Drive.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 600 block of East Green Bay Street.

May 9

Police logged 48 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — Vandalism was reported at the diamond shelter at Memorial Park, 901 S. Lincoln St.

Truancy — Police logged 11 truancy complaints from the Shawano School District.

Assault — Police investigated an assault complaint in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Accident — Police responded to a three-vehicle property damage accident in the 1300 block of East Green Bay Street.

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 12

Deputies logged 33 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 23-year-old man was arrested for operating while intoxicated on Express Way in Bonduel.

Fire — Authorities responded to a vehicle fire on state Highway 29 in the town of Waukechon.

Harassment — Harassment was reported on state Highway 47 in the town of Hartland.

Disturbance — A disturbance was reported on White Ridge Circle in the town of Angelica.

Trespassing — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on River Bend Circle in the town of Belle Plaine.

Theft — A property theft was reported on Sugar Bush Road in the town of Aniwa.

Assault — Authorities investigated an assault complaint on First Street in Bonduel.

May 11

Deputies logged 40 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A phone was reported stolen on Old Shawano Road in the town of Pella.

Disturbance — Disturbances were reported on Knoke Street in Gresham, State Street in Bonduel and Cecil Street in Bonduel.

OWI — A 43-year-old man was arrested for operating while intoxicated on Green Bay Street in Bonduel.

Vandalism — A mailbox was reported vandalized on Ranch Road in the town of Waukechon.

Harassment — Harassment was reported on State Street in Bonduel.

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint on Nabor Road in Cecil.

May 10

Deputies logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Authorities responded to disorderly conduct complaints at Wittenberg Elementary/Middle School, 300 Prouty St. in Wittenberg, and on Branch Lane in the town of Belle Plaine.

Threatening — Authorities responded to a threatening complaint on Maple Road in the town of Herman.

Trespass — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on Morgan Road in the town of Red Springs.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on State Street in Bonduel.

Accident — Authorities responded to an injury accident on state Highway 29 in the town of Herman.

May 9

Deputies logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — Authorities investigated an identity theft complaint on County Road C in the town of Angelica.

Vandalism — Vandalism was reported at the Holy Family Cemetery on County Road M in the town of Wittenberg.

Disturbance — A disturbance was reported on Genesee Street in Wittenberg.

Clintonville Police Department

May 11

Police logged four incidents, including the following:

Theft — A theft was reported on South Main Street.

May 10

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A theft was reported on West Green Tree Road.

Harassment — Harassment was reported on North Main Street.

Suspicious — A suspicious incident was reported on North Park Street.

Alderman’s vote on rec center stirs social media debate

Thu, 05/09/2019 - 8:29pm
Some question whether Easter should have abstainedBy: 

Tim Ryan [email protected]

Shawano Alderman Jeff Easter’s vote on the Common Council in favor of an agreement with the Shawano School District to pursue a joint recreational facility sparked a social media debate about whether he should have abstained as a school district employee.

Easter, who was elected to the council last month, is building and grounds director for the school district.

Easter said in an interview Thursday he did consider whether there would be any conflict in voting on the matter.

“I truly felt my interest and position (as alderman) is about the best interests of the city,” he said. “I didn’t think about anything else than that.”

Easter said there was no pressure from the school district regarding his vote and there was no benefit to him from voting either way.

“I don’t have anything to gain or lose from my employment with the school district in this matter, so I didn’t feel like there was any conflict there,” Easter said. “I don’t get fired if they don’t build this thing. I don’t get a bonus if they do. My life goes on. I’ve got plenty of work to do.”

Shawano resident Connie Magee disagreed with Easter casting a vote, posting on a local Facebook page that he should have recused himself.

”He should have excused himself from the vote because of a potential conflict of interest or lack of impartiality,” Magee wrote.

Shawano County Supervisor Deb Noffke, who lives in the same city district Easter represents, noted she would have thought about any potential conflict before voting.

”I always figure, if I have to ask the question, is it OK to vote on this, I already know the answer, and it is no,” Noffke wrote on the Facebook page.

Not everyone on Facebook felt he should have recused himself, though.

”As a taxpayer and parent/spouse and active member of a recreation center I do believe he should have a vote,” Shawano resident Joan Young wrote. “Also he is standing up for others who have that same thought.”

Easter said no one from the city brought the issue up or asked him what he thought about it, and that it didn’t occur to him to discuss the matter with the city attorney.

“My mentality going in was to do my job as an alderman, to seek out what I thought was best for the city of Shawano and the people who live in it, and I voted accordingly,” he said.

Easter noted that both the city and the school district are tax-funded entities.

“In both positions, my thoughts are to do the best for my employer which is the taxpayer,” Easter said. “I didn’t see a conflict in that regard. The benefit I’m looking out for, whether I’m working for the school district or on the city council, is I’m looking out for the taxpayer, who is essentially paying me to do my job.”

Easter also received some criticism from community members who spoke at Monday’s school board meeting for seeming to appear as a school district spokesman in social media posts answering questions about the proposed project.

“I have a lot of information to share about what’s factual in this whole thing that’s being proposed,” Easter said. “I’ve been trying to make sure people understand the facts.”

Easter said he wants people to be able to make an informed decision.

“I don’t care which way they go with it,” he said. “Personally, do I think this thing would be nice? Yes. Personally, do I think it’s a heck of a lot of money? Absolutely. I don’t know how to overcome that.”

The facility has been projected to cost as much as $28 million, according to early estimates.

“The question is, are people comfortable with that number or not,” Easter said. “If they’re not, then we look at another way to proceed.”

The Common Council narrowly approved the agreement with the school district by a vote of 3-2, with one council member absent.

Easter was joined in his yes vote by council members Seth Mailahn and Lisa Hoffman.

Sandy Steinke and John Hoeffs voted against. Alderwoman Rhonda Strebel was not present for the meeting.

There is no law that governs whether Easter should have voted.

According to the Robert’s Rules of Order that guide governmental meetings, “No member should vote on a question in which he/she has a direct personal or pecuniary interest not common to other members.”

However, the rules also state that, “No member can be compelled to refrain from voting,” which would have left the decision entirely up to Easter.

Former Mayor Lorna Marquardt pointed out Robert’s Rules during the Facebook discussion, but noted most elected officials err on the side of caution.

”Most elected officials opt not to vote on issues that might give residents cause to question their impartiality or the possibility they may personally benefit from the decision,” Marquardt wrote.

Had Easter abstained, the vote would have been tied, requiring Mayor Ed Whealon to cast the tie-breaking vote.

Whealon said Thursday he doesn’t know how he would have voted.

However, Whealon noted, the agreement, which lays out the responsibilities for the city and the school district should the facility go forward, does not bind the city to the project.

He said the agreement only allows the city and the school district to continue exploring the possibility of a joint facility.

“There are still a lot of questions to be answered,” Whealon said.

The proposed joint-recreational and aquatic center would replace the city’s existing recreation center and expand facilities at SCHS.

It would be located adjacent to SCHS, on the north side of the building, and would include the school’s existing competition pool.

It would add a separate community pool area; a fitness area, including weights and cardiovascular equipment; a multi-purpose space; gymnasium; racquetball court; and indoor multi-purpose facility and walking track; as well as offices, bathrooms, lockers, storage and other amenities.

It would go to a district referendum next April if a survey planned for this fall shows sufficient interest.


Thu, 05/09/2019 - 8:27pm
North Star celebrates its 27th anniversaryBy: 

Lee Pulaski [email protected]

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski North Star Mohican Casino Resort general manager Michael Bonkadar, center, cuts into a cake for the resort’s 27th anniversary Thursday, flanked by some of his other management staff. From left, Terrance Miller, Tammy Wyrobeck, Kirsten Holland and Brian Denney.

The North Star Mohican Casino Resort celebrated another year of success Thursday afternoon with a party for its 27th anniversary.

The casino cooked up some burgers and brats for visitors to the casino, and musical entertainment keep couples dancing and patrons enthused as they enjoyed their meals, complete with anniversary cakes. Patrons got to spin wheels for prizes and received free T-shirts.

The spread was designed to support North Star’s claim of being the friendliest casino in the Midwest.

“We have one of the friendliest casinos here, as you can see,” said Michael Bonkadar, North Star’s general manager. “This is really just a way for us to give back to the community, having a great barbecue. We’ve done it for the last several years, and it’s been very, very popular.”

More than 200 people were enjoying the festivities just in the first hour of the celebration, with lines continuing to form.

Bonkadar has managed North Star for the last three years, and he believes a combination of things have come together to keep the business alive for so long.

“The community supports us, and so do our customers,” Bonkadar said. “Our friendly staff works here day in and day out, and they’ve done an amazing job for many, many years.”

Even with the disadvantage of not being along a state highway like Menominee Casino Resort and Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg, North Star has its faithful and loyal casino guests and hotel visitors.

“I’ve talked with a few customers, and some travel quite a bit to be here,” Bonkadar said. “They believe North Star is a premier property and destination that offers quality entertainment. We’re glad that they go out of their way to be here.”

The casino first opened its doors to the public on May 8, 1992. Today, the casino operates a 129-room hotel and over 1,200 slot machines, table games and Bingo. North Star also has a number of top name performers performing at its entertainment venue each year.

“It’s just been amazing. Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, we just had Cheap Trick,” Bonkadar said. “We have Charlie Pride coming, and the Mavericks. There’s just a lot of top entertainers, and the way I see, we’re just the capital of entertainment for this area of Wisconsin. How great it is that they come here.”

Bonkadar said that he and his staff look for new things to bring to North Star to continue to bring people through its doors, but he didn’t list any specifics on what was being planned for the future.