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Navarino supports Diemel family with donation

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 9:33pm

The Navarino community, where missing man Nick Diemel has his home, has rallied to support his wife, Lisa, and four children and Justin Diemel, his younger brother. Authorities in rural Missouri continue to search for the men, missing since July 21.

The Navarino Rangers Organization, through a weekend baseball game and a recent golfing event, has raised about $7,000 for the Diemel Brothers Benefit Fund, the only benefit authorized by the family.

Donations can be made at Community First Credit Union union branches or mailed to: Community First Credit Union, P.O. Box 1487, Appleton WI 54912-1487.

— David Wilhelms, Leader Correspondent

Shawano man charged in fairgrounds burglary

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 9:32pm
Stolen items included donations for cancer fundraiserBy: 

Tim Ryan [email protected]

A 20-year-old Shawano man was charged Monday with breaking into the office of the Shawano County Fairgrounds.

Kain O. Hill faces a felony count of burglary, which carries a maximum possible penalty of 12½ years in prison and $25,000 fine if found guilty.

He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of theft.

Surveillance video at the fairgrounds office captured images of Hill and a tattoo on his hand that were posted to social media and on the Shawano Leader’s web site.

Police received several tips from the public naming Hill as a possible suspect, and Hill’s father drove Hill to the police department to answer questions after seeing the images online, according to the criminal complaint.

Hill told police he had been drinking and does not remember the burglary, but does remember being outside the building and dragging a TV through the parking lot at the fairgrounds.

The criminal complaint alleges Hill stole a TV, a tablet computer, tickets and other items from the fairgrounds office.

Some of the items had been donated to the Shawano Speedway for a cancer fundraising event held over the weekend.

Hill was ordered held on a $500 cash bond plus a $500 signature bond at a court hearing Monday.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Oct. 18.

Public Record

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 9:26pm

Shawano Police Department

July 28

Police logged 15 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — A 43-year-old North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, man was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Burglary — A burglary was reported in the 200 block of Teddington Lane.

Disturbances — A 34-year-old Shawano man arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic and bail jumping in the 500 block of South Andrews Street. A domestic disturbance was reported in the parking lot at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

July 27

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A 44-year-old Wilkesboro, North Carolina, man was arrested for battery/domestic and disorderly conduct/domestic after a disturbance at the Super 8 Motel, 211 Waukechon St.

Suspicious — A suspicious item that could be used for smoking drugs was reported found in the 800 block of South Park Street.

July 26

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 36-year-old Green Bay man was arrested for obstructing an officer, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and an outstanding probation warrant after a traffic stop in the 1200 block of Engel Drive.

Theft — Police investigated a theft complaint at Subway, 1230 E. Green Bay St.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint at the Wisconsin House, 216 E. Green Bay St.

July 25

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Burglary — A burglary was reported at the Shawano County Fairgrounds, 990 E. Green Bay St.

OAR – An 18-year-old Shawano man was cited for operating after revocation and arrested for bail jumping at Waukechon and Richmond streets. A 31-year-old Shawano man was cited for operating after revocation at Engel Drive and Waukechon Street.

Disturbances — A 42-year-old Shawano man was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic after a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of Teddington Lane. Police responded to a disturbance in the 600 block of South Lincoln Street.

Theft — A package was reported stolen from a porch in the 800 block of South Weed Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 28

Deputies logged 38 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A citation for operating after revocation was issued on Fox Lane in the town of Wescott.

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint on state Highway 22 in the town of Washington.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a domestic disturbance on Cedar Drive in the town of Maple Grove.

July 27

Deputies logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Threatening — Authorities responded to a threatening complaint at the North Star Casino, W12180 County Road A in the town of Bartelme.

Trespass — Trespassing was reported on County Road M in the town of Fairbanks.

Theft — Authorities investigated property theft complaints on Balsam Row Road in the town of Wescott and on Genesee Street in Wittenberg.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Pioneer Lane in the town of Belle Plaine.

July 26

Deputies logged 45 incidents, including the following:

Disturbances — Authorities responded to a domestic disturbance on Range Line Road in the town of Belle Plaine and disturbances on Prouty Street in Wittenberg, on Church Street in Aniwa and on Hiawatha Court in the town of Wescott.

Theft — Authorities investigated a property theft on County Road G in the town of Grant.

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported on Oriole Road in the town of Birnamwood.

Assault — Authorities investigated an assault complaint on Hemlock Road in the town of Wittenberg.

July 25

Deputies logged 50 incidents, including the following:

Disturbances — Authorities responded to disturbances on Main Street in Green Valley, Main Street in Bowler, state Highway 22 in the town of Belle Plaine, Rollman Street in Bowler and Resort Road in the town of Washington.

OAR — A citation was issued for operating after revocation on state Highway 160 in the town of Angelica.

Fraud — Authorities investigated a scam complaint on Beech Street in Tigerton.

Burglary — A burglary was reported on Fourth Street in Mattoon.

Clintonville Police Department

July 28

Police logged four incidents, including the following:

Accident — A two-vehicle accident was reported at Main and Madison streets.

July 27

Police logged five incidents, including the following:

Accident — A two-vehicle accident was reported at Clinton Avenue and West 13th Street.

July 26

Police logged eight incidents, including the following:

Fraud — A fraud complaint was reported on South Clinton Avenue.

Theft — A retail theft was reported on South Main Street.

Disturbance — Officers responded to a domestic disturbance on East 14th Street.

July 25

Police logged 16 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported on West Madison Street.

Disturbance — A neighbor dispute was reported on East 14th Street.

Fraud — Fraud was reported on Lincoln Avenue.

Man arrested for Diemel truck theft

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 6:15pm
Sheriff says search now a death investigationBy: 

David Wilhelms Leader Correspondent

A man was arrested July 26 in connection with the disappearance of Nick and Justin Diemel although the two Bonduel-area brothers remain missing in northwest rural Missouri.

At the center of the arrest is the missing men’s rented white Ford F250 pickup truck. Garland Joseph Nelson, also called Joey Nelson, has been charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, a first-degree felony under state law, in Caldwell County. No details were available on the location or circumstances of the arrest. The 25-year-old Nelson is being held without bond but has not been charged in the brothers’ disappearance.

An Associated Press story on July 26 states Clinton County Sheriff Larry Fish said the case is now a death investigation but he did not offer further details.

The Diemels rented the truck in Kansas City after their flight from Milwaukee on July 20.

The Diemels were in the area northeast of Kansas City and about 550 miles southwest of their hometown as part of their cattle business and have not communicated with family or friends since about 11 a.m. on July 21. They also missed their return flight to Milwaukee on July 22.

Diemel’s Livestock Facebook page describes its business as raising and trading in cattle in multiple states. Diemel’s Livestock is a licensed and bonded freight shipping and trucking company per a description on quicktransportsolutions.com.

The report on kshb.com, the website for Kansas City television station KSHB, cites court documents saying the Diemel brothers left a Quality Inn off I-35 in Cameron, Missouri, on the morning of July 21 and drove the 35 miles to the corner of Ayers and Southeast Catawba Road in Braymer where Nelson operates his farm.

They arrived about 9:30 a.m. GPS information shows the truck leaving the farm about 11:44 a.m. and it is later seen on surveillance footage at 12:15 p.m. in Polo, Missouri — about 17 miles west of Braymer — and there is no one in the passenger seat. The news station report added the truck stopped in a commuter lot in Holt, Missouri, 35.2 miles away from Braymer about 12:45 p.m.

Officials would later find it on July 22, empty with the keys in the ignition. News accounts from two Kansas City-area television stations said the truck has been processed for evidence.

Court documents say when investigators questioned Nelson, he admitted to driving the truck from his farm and leaving it at the commuter lot with the lights on and motor running. Nick Diemel’s wife, Lisa, said the brothers’ wallets and cell phones weren’t found in the vehicle. Diemel family and friends have been in Missouri, some bringing ATVs, to be part of the search operations, according to Facebook posts and sheriff’s departments’ web sites.

The last update on July 24 from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page stated, “The investigation into the disappearance of the Diemel brothers continues. Searches have been conducted and are underway in Clinton and Caldwell counties.

Multiple agencies are involved in the investigation, and multiple leads continue to be researched” as of that date. Officials have executed warrants to search at least two properties where the brothers were said to be conducting business.

An earlier news report from kshb.com showed helicopter footage of investigators sifting through dirt at Nelson’s 78-acre farm, and authorities had spent considerable time at the property.

Fish said investigators are “checking buildings, ponds, waste piles — we’re just looking anywhere we can to just find these brothers.”

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has posted missing persons posters for Nick and Justin. They ask anyone with information to call the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office at 816-632-8477 or Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 573-526-6178.

Nelson 2015 conviction on cattle fraud charges

According to a 2015 KMZU web site story, Nelson, then 21, was convicted of taking part in a scheme to sell at least 114 cattle mortgaged to the federal Farm Service Agency (FSA). From April 2013 to June 2014, Nelson made the sales without notifying the FSA, according to unspecified court documents. News reports state Nelson spent two years in a federal penitentiary.

Nelson admitted he did not instruct cattle buyers to address proceeds checks to the FSA and he did not send the bulk of the sale proceeds to the FSA.

Nelson also applied for two livestock operating loans, totaling $158,000. He since quit making payments on those loans, with an outstanding balance of $138,452 remaining unpaid.

The federal government also said Nelson removed identification from cattle owned by other people. Court records indicate Nelson removed the identification tags from nearly 650 head of cattle in order to sell the livestock false pretenses. Three separate victims saw a total loss of $124,000 in livestock. Nelson said he also filed four loss claims with Farm Bureau Insurance, totaling $31,320.

No results in Dilabio search

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 6:14pm

Two weeks after he was reporting missing, there is no news on Richard J. Dilabio’s location or health despite a continuing active search according to the Ashland County sheriff’s department on Friday.

The Bonduel man was at a campground in the northwestern Wisconsin county when last seen. His 1990 BMW motorcycle, in working order, was left at the campground.

Dilabio, 66, checked into the East Twin Lake campground in Gordon township, just north of Clam Lake. A U.S. Forest Service park ranger reported him “unaccounted for” on July 12.

The Ashland County Sheriff’s Department reported on its Facebook page it has used dogs, drones and search teams in looking for Dilabio. A nearby lake has also been searched and there is no evidence to support he got in the car with someone else, according to the department. Using cell phone location data has also been unsuccessful.

Anyone who has seen Dilabio or knows anything of his whereabouts, should contact the Ashland County sheriff’s office at 715-682-7023, ext. 1.

Man killed in single-vehicle crash in Angelica

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 2:49am

A 41-year-old man was reported killed late Thursday in a single-vehicle crash on Cedar Road north of Hill Drive in the town of Angelica.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department was alerted to the crash around 10:40 p.m.

Deputies arrived on scene and found the 41 year-old-male driver, and lone occupant, of the vehicle trapped inside and unresponsive.

The Shawano County Coroner’s Office pronounced the driver deceased at the scene.

Tri County Fire Department, NEW Paramedic Rescue and Bonduel EMS assisted at the scene.

This crash is under investigation. The name of the driver was not being released pending notification of family.

UPDATE -- Police investigating fairgrounds burglary

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 8:50pm
Shawano Speedway says burglary won’t affect cancer fundraiser SaturdayBy: 

Leader Staff


Photo courtesy of Shawano Police Department The Shawano Police Department released this image Thursday of a person of interest who may be involved with the burglary earlier in the day of the Shawano County Fairgrounds office.
Photo courtesy of Shawano Police Department The Shawano Police Department released this image Thursday of a tattoo on the hand of a person of interest who may be involved with the burglary earlier in the day of the Shawano County Fairgrounds office.

Shawano police are investigating a burglary that took place early Thursday at the Shawano County Fairgrounds main office, 990 E. Green Bay St.

Police were called to a report of a possible burglary in progress at about 5:30 a.m.

Police Chief Dan Mauel said officers arrived within minutes and found that a burglary had occurred, but were unable to locate anyone inside.

An inside surveillance camera captured the person’s entry through the window. That video feed was sent to the phone of an employee, who then contacted police, Mauel said.

Police have released images from the video showing an individual they want to question about the incident, as well as a tattoo on the subject's hand.

Mauel confirmed that items were taken during the burglary, but could not be more specific because of the investigation.

Brad Luepke, marketing and promotions director for the Shawano Speedway, said he had numerous calls in the wake of the burglary Thursday from people concerned about whether it would have any impact on the Racing for a Reason event at the fairgrounds Saturday.

The event, originally scheduled for last week but delayed because of the weather, is a fundraiser for local childhood cancer organizations.

Numerous items donated for the silent auction and raffles that begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Shawano Speedway have been displayed over the last few weeks at the speedway’s Racing for a Reason Facebook page.

Luepke said he had been asked by police not to reveal what was stolen from the fairgrounds office.

However, he said, the fundraising event will go forward as planned.

“We’ll be good to go,” Luepke said. “It’s still on as normal and still going to be a big event, so we should be ready to go Saturday night.”

There were no new developments in the burglary investigation as of Thursday evening.

Police are asking anyone who knows the person depicted in the video or has information about the incident to call the department at 715-524-4545. They can remain anonymous.

DOT gives update on Highway 22 project

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 8:46pm
Another public information meeting scheduled Monday

The state Department of Transportation will hold another public informational meeting at 3 p.m. Monday in the River Room at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St., to give an update on the ongoing work on state Highway 22 in Shawano.

“We will give a brief update on the status of the project as well as describe in depth the schedule and traffic impacts for the closure of Green Bay Street at the railroad (crossing),” said Kevin Lohff of JT Engineering, Inc., the contractor on the project.

The road closure will begin on Saturday morning Aug. 3. A signed detour will be in place utilizing Main Street to state Highway 29 to Airport Road. Local traffic will utilize East Fifth Street as an alternate route around the road closure.

Also, starting Monday the DOT will begin working on intersection curb ramps between County Road B and Zingler Street.

“We will be working within the parking lane,” Lohff said. “Through traffic will remain unaffected and brief flagging will occur on side roads for large equipment.”

Work completed or begun on the project so far includes work on the temporary diversion channel has begun at the Murray Creek Box Culvert on East end of project. Also, work has begun on the Green Bay Street sidewalk curb ramps on the Eastbound lanes from Main Street to Eberlein Park.

The anticipated work schedule for the week of July includes:

• Finish building the temporary diversion channel.

• Begin demolition of the north half of the existing Murray Creek box culvert

• Continue replacing curb ramps on East Green Bay Street eastbound

• Begin construction of the north half of the new Murray Creek box culvert

Single lane closures and 10-foot lane widths on East Green Bay Street between Airport Road and County Road BE will continue through September. Single lane closures on Green Bay Street between Main Street and Eberlein Park will continue.

On Aug. 3, Green Bay Street will close at the railroad crossing between Hamlin Street and Ellis Street. The detour will use Main Street to state Highway 29 to Airport Road. No access across the railroad will be allowed as it will be under construction. Access to businesses and residents within the closure limits will be maintained. Work along East Green Bay Street outside the road closure limits will continue with lane closures, access to businesses and residents will be maintained.

For information, go to https://projects.511wi.gov/wis22resurf.

Public Record

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 8:45pm

Shawano Police Department

July 24

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A 25-year-old Clintonville man was arrested for disorderly conduct and a 29-year-old Clintonville woman was arrested for obstructing an officer, bail jumping and unauthorized use of personal identifying information after police responded to a fight in progress in the parking lot of ThedaCare Medical Center, 100 County Road B.

Juvenile — Police responded to juvenile problems in the 200 block of Riverside Drive and at the Shawano Public Library, 128 S. Sawyer St.

Drug Offense — A bag of marijuana was reported found in the parking lot of ThedaCare Medical Center, 100 County Road B.

Theft — Police investigated a theft complaint at O’Reilly’s Automotive, 1301 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 24

Deputies logged 52 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Freeborn Street in Cecil.

OAR — A 26-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation on state Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott.

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported on Mill Street in Wittenberg.

Trespass — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on Summer Street in Aniwa.

Theft — An iPhone was reported stolen from a vehicle on Bennett Court in Gresham.

Threatening — Authorities responded to a threatening complaint on County Road A in Bowler.

Clintonville Police Department

July 24

Police logged eight incidents, including the following:

Fraud — A fraud complaint was under investigation on Sixth Street.

Accident — A two-vehicle accident was reported on North 12th Street.

County supervisor attends NaCo conference

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 8:44pm

Shawano County Supervisor Peter Schmidt joined more than 3,000 county leaders July 12-15 in Clark County, Nevada, at the 84th National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference and Exposition.

Attendees adopted positions on pressing federal policies affecting counties and exchanged innovative solutions to challenges facing American communities.

“Counties have been organized to support and carried out federal and state policies to their residents. Even though America’s landscape has changed with the times, counties still continue to be at the center of political debates and public policy,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt participated in several workshops including one called “Immigrant Integration Efforts at the Local Level,” which addressed trust, cooperation and servitude creating welcoming communities for new residents. He also took part in a workshop that discussed how mental health shouldn’t be taboo to discuss with family, friends and community, as well as one titled “Sesame Street in Communities: Supporting Children and Families” which discussed how the PBS show’s 50th anniversary continues to connect generational families together through the Muppets.

Police investigating fairgrounds burglary

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 10:39am

Shawano police are investigating a burglary that took place early Thursday at the Shawano County Fairgrounds main office, 990 E. Green Bay St.

Police were called to a report of a possible burglary in progress at about 5:30 a.m.

Police Chief Dan Mauel said officers arrived within minutes and found that a burglary had occurred, but were unable to locate anyone inside.

Surveillance video from the scene shows an individual that police want to question about the incident.

Police are asking anyone who knows this person or has information about the incident to call the department at 715-524-4545. They can remain anonymous.

Search continues for 2 missing Shawano County men in Missouri

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 8:41pm
Brothers disappeared while on a business trip, authorities sayBy: 

Leader Staff

(Editor’s Note: By the time the Leader went to press, law enforcement in Missouri had not provided any information beyond a press release sent to news media at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Updates received Thursday will be posted at www.shawanoleader.com.)

Authorities in Missouri were searching Wednesday for two Shawano County brothers who went missing while on a business trip in the state on Sunday.

Nicholas and Justin Diemel were expected to return home Sunday, but apparently never made their scheduled flight, according to reports.

The brothers, who traveled to Missouri for business in Caldwell and Clinton counties, were last believed to have been in Holt, Missouri, where an abandoned rental vehicle driven by one of the two men was located in a commuter lot, according to the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.

The brothers own Diemel’s Livestock in Bonduel.

The sheriff’s office activated a case squad to investigate the disappearance of the brothers shortly after 3 p.m. on Monday.

“The investigation into the disappearance of the Diemel brothers continues,” the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook. “Searches have been conducted and are under way in Clinton and Caldwell counties. Multiple agencies are involved in the investigation, and multiple leads continue to be researched.”

No further details were being released Wednesday.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department is assisting in the investigation locally.

“We’re assisting in any way we can,” Chief Deputy George Lenzner said. “Anything we can do to help them as far as telephone records, financial records. We’ve been doing that stuff and have been in contact with them daily. Our detectives have talked to some of the family members.”

Authorities are asking anyone with information relevant to the investigation to call the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office tip hotline at 816-632-8477.

County approves sexting ordinance

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 8:39pm
Juveniles could face fines for sharing inappropriate materialBy: 

Tim Ryan [email protected]

The Shawano County Board approved an ordinance Wednesday that allows minors to be cited for exchanging inappropriate images on their cell phones or other devices, a practice known as “sexting.”

“This is just a common sense way to deal with a growing problem in our community,” Sheriff Adam Bieber said. “A lot of other communities have adopted sexting ordinances.”

Detective Sgt. Gordon Kowaleski said he has wanted to bring forward a sexting ordinance for some time.

“One of the problems we’re having now, especially with social media, every child of pretty much any age and certainly in the teens has got a cell phone, a tablet, laptops. Their whole life seems to revolve around online communication and social media,” Kowaleski said.

“The problem we’re seeing is, underage children are sending inappropriate images and videos out,” he said. “They’re having inappropriate conversations.”

Kowaleski said his options are limited when it comes to penalizing youths who engage in sexting.

“Right now the only tools I have would be (referring a charge of) sharing or possessing child pornography,” he said. “For an adult, possession of child pornography carries a three-year mandatory penalty in prison.”

Kowaleski said he was looking for another tool in the department’s arsenal that would allow a citation to be issued for juveniles.

Kowaleski said the ordinance would not apply to adults engaging in sharing or receiving images from juveniles ot those who prey on children.

“The ordinance is designed strictly for children interacting with children or children interacting with someone close to their age,” he said.

The ordinance calls for a forfeiture of up to $500 plus court costs for a first offense, and up to $750 plus court costs for a second offense that occurs within 12 months of the first offense.

However, Chief Deputy George Lenzner said, juveniles are typically fined $50 under county ordinances.

“We put $500 in there just because in the future then we don’t have to change it if it does go up higher,” he said. “We’re not going to give a kid a $500 ordinance citation. Juveniles all get $50 citations.”

Lenzner said judges have wide latitude in dealing with juveniles who don’t pay the fine even after a payment plan has been worked out.

“Something they can do is take their driver’s license away,” he said.

The County Board passed the ordinance unanimously, with two members absent.

Magic camp

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 8:38pm
Navarino offers day camp based on Harry Potter booksBy: 

Carol Ryczek [email protected]


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Nora Lemery peers through what will become a magical ball that holds good memories. The craft project was part of a Harry Potter-themed day came at the Navarino Nature Center.

Campers at the Navarino Nature Center not only made good memories this week, they made a personalized “crystal” ball to help preserve them.

The day camp for kids ages 5-13 included decorations, costumes, food and activities based on the Harry Potter children’s books and movies.

At “Hogwarts,” a recreation of Harry Potter’s boarding school, campers poured glitter, fabric “memories” and a purple or blue potion into a ball to take home. It was just one of the magical activities that occupied the two camp sessions this week.

The Hogwarts experience started by sorting the kids into houses, and after that, it was a busy schedule of potions, herbology, divination, and the other subjects that fans of the Harry Potter books would expect.

The staff assumed the roles of professors (including one Professor Smartypants). Students dressed in Hogwarts robes, and though they did not get to send messages by owl, they did get to meet magical creatures such as a snake, iguana and parrot.

A midday feast included Hogwarts favorites such as troll toes (a mix of hot dogs, pickles and cheese), dragon scale potato chips, Gryffindor grapes, and Huffle Puff cheese balls.

Activities included making the crystal ball and learning to make potions. Campers also learned about some of the plants around the nature center and met one of the resident frogs.

The Potter-themed camp experience was developed by Kaylee Lietz, assistant naturalist at the nature center, and Tim Ewing, naturalist. Unlike Hogwarts in the Harry Potter books, which has a long history, the camp has only been around for two years.

“Our day camps were starting to fizzle and we wanted to bring in something new. I’ve always been a Harry Potter fan and we found lots of ideas on Pinterest; ideas everywhere,” Lietz said. “We wanted to make the camp more in depth and make it unique and special.”

The Harry Potter theme brought the kids to camp, Lietz said, but she hoped they came away with an appreciation of the magic found in nature. Some of the campers do not spend much time outside, and were initially a little nervous, she said.

“In herbology, they were planting flowers that they can take home. We’ll do a hike around the center,” Lietz said. “We play a game of quidditch (a blend of soccer and dodgeball based on a game from the books). They keep in their Potter roles and suddenly they are comfortable being outside.”

One of the experiences of camp, Lietz said, is allowing children to escape into a completely different world.

“It takes about one hour. You tap into a whole world of imagination. They start to forget that they need to prove it’s fake. After we got outside, they were forgetting they were at camp and started talking like (the characters in the books). They were all in it,” she said.

The staff, staying in character, blended the magical lessons with the real ones.

As the campers walked outside, Professor Sappy Leaves (Ewing) suggested that the hoods on their school robes would make them invisible — to horseflies.

Public Record

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 8:33pm

Shawano Police Department

July 23

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 100 block of South Sawyer Street. Disorderly conduct was reported in the 900 block of Olson Street. A lewd and lascivious behavior complaint was investigated in the 100 block of South Main Street.

Theft — A purse was reported stolen at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — A 47-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for an outstanding warrant; a 23-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic; and a 28-year-old Clintonville man was arrested for disorderly conduct after a disturbance in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

OAR — A 34-year-old Green Bay man was cited for operating after suspension in the 200 block of North Sawyer Street.

Assault — Police investigated an assault complaint in the 600 block of East Green Bay Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 23

Deputies logged 36 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Lawn tools were reported stolen on Oriole Road in the town of Birnamwood.

Threatening — Authorities investigated a threatening complaint on Golden Sands Avenue in Cecil.

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported on Fourth Street in Mattoon.

Auto Theft — Vehicles were reported stolen on U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Birnamwood and on Hiawatha Court in the town of Wescott.

Disturbance — Stockbridge-Munsee police responded to a domestic disturbance on Main Street in Gresham.

Clintonville Police Department

July 23

Police logged 10 incidents, including the following:

Accident — A property damage accident was reported on SSGT Warren Hansen Drive.

Theft — A retail theft was reported on South Main Street.

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported on East Second Street.

Preferred plants, hiding places, water attract butterflies

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 8:29pm
Butterflies provide pollination, color, movement to gardensBy: 

David Wilhelms Leader Correspondent


Photo by David Wilhelms Morgan Harr seeks out monarch butterfly caterpillars on milkweed at the home of her grandmother, Jody Harr, in the Town of Richmond. The 5-year-old, who is “fearless” according to her mother, Christin Harr, recently developed an interest in butterflies after a snake-hunting expedition with her grandmother turned into a caterpillar expedition (to her grandmother’s intense relief). Morgan now has two monarch chrysalises, “Chukey” and “Alla” in her portable butterfly garden but is also keeping an eye on “Manna” in a separate jar. She’s watched the caterpillars turn into cocoons but plans to free the butterflies when they’re ready.

Chasing butterflies is a fun, frolicking summer activity, but children and adults alike must take care when handling the delicate insects.

Handling butterflies “is like any other wild animal,” said Tim Ewing, a naturalist at Navarino Nature Center. He said butterflies will usually recover from human handling, but care must be taken not to tear or bend a wing.

“As long as they’re handled lightly, they’ll probably be OK,” Ewing said.

He noted that butterfly nets are made of extra-light material to respect the wings’ fragile structure.

Linda Gustke, education manager at Green Bay Botanical Gardens, said butterfly wings have scales, much like those on a fish. If the butterfly wing is handled roughly, the scales can come off, affecting its ability to fly. Wings are especially vulnerable when the butterfly first emerges from its chrysalis, Gustke added, as their wings take some time to expand and dry.

Gustke recommends avoiding the wings altogether and handling a butterfly by its feet. She said encouraging a butterfly to land on your finger or a “feeding stick” is the best. She explained a feeding stick can be made by dipping a cotton swab or a spongy material in water saturated with sugar. Monarchs, in particular, seem easy to encourage landing, she said, based on experience at the botanical garden’s butterfly house.

Similar advice applies to caterpillars, Gustke said. “Don’t squish them,” but encourage them to crawl onto your finger or a leaf, she said.

Attracting possibly endangered butterflies like the monarch requires plantings of preferred plants, Ewing said — not just for egg laying, but also for producing nectar for mature individuals. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website said monarchs must be able to find a diversity of native plants that bloom in sequence for the nearly six months they are here.

That means milkweed for the monarch because it sustains the butterfly throughout its life cycle. While most wild areas and gardens in Shawano County host the common milkweed, there are 11 other milkweed species in Wisconsin in every habitat from marshes and lake shores to prairies and forests. The DNR site notes common milkweed, swamp milkweed and butterfly milkweed are most frequently found.

Milkweed is toxic to most other butterflies, bees and insects, but the monarch has adapted completely to the plant with the caterpillar taking on the toxicity, making them and monarch butterflies unpalatable to predators, according to the monarchwatch.org web site.

While it’s too early or too late (depending on the species) for people to put in plants that attract butterflies, Ewing said there are other options for those who would like to attract these insects.

Butterflies also seem to appreciate overripe fruit — especially watermelon, oranges and bananas, Gustke said.

One is to provide a gravelly or sandy area like those used by birds, he said. The butterflies use these areas to help take up necessary minerals.

Butterfly houses are also a benefit because they mimic hiding places under tree bark, allowing butterflies protection from predators and warmer temperatures overnight. Butterflies rarely fly at temperatures below 80 degrees, Gustke said.

The Navarino Nature Center has butterfly houses and butterfly kits available, Ewing said, adding that the houses are best located near sunny spots to let the butterflies warm up quickly in the morning and be oriented to the east or south.

Water features, like bird baths, benefit butterflies as well as other species, Ewing said.

Bus route changes going out next week

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 9:40pm
District hoping to avoid confusion like last yearBy: 

Lee Pulaski [email protected]

The Shawano School District will be sending out information to parents next week about bus routes and schedules for the upcoming school year, in the hope of avoiding the firestorm experienced last year.

T.J. Barbara, regional transportation manager for Kobussen Buses, told the Shawano School Board on Monday that the final kinks were being worked out for the single-tiered bus system, which would allow for one run of all students in the morning and one in the afternoon when school was done. The single-tiered system has been the district’s goal since it decided last year to alter its school day schedule so the middle and high schools did not start before 8 a.m.

Last year, the district was under a modified single-tier system, where two buses were sent on the same route at the same time, one for the elementary students and one for the older students. The new system will send one bus along shorter routes picking up all students from pre-kindergarten through high school.

Barbara said it was important to be proactive to inform families about changing routes.

“We know there are going to be families moving in, families are going to change,” Barbara said. “The goal in getting the routes done and the notifications out was to avoid last-minute notifications that we had last year.”

Superintendent Gary Cumberland said the new system would not impact the start times for the district, but would require more manpower at the end of the school day.

“It’s going to take a little longer to get around to all the schools,” Cumberland said. “Last year, they just had to go to two of the schools; now they have to go to four schools.”

Because all of the buses are out at one time, they will be driving shorter routes, picking up more students at each stop, according to Barbara. Most of the routes have students on the bus for no more than 30 minutes, but there are a couple of rural routes, including one out to Leopolis, where students could be on the bus for an hour.

“There’s no surplus of miles on the route, so you’re going to have a cost savings with the reduction of the miles,” Barbara said to the board. “Last year, we had nine routes that were in excess of 70 miles per day. Right now, we’re at two.”

Board member Alysia Pillsbury urged Barbara and his company to make sure parents are notified of route changes, especially if the changes take place in the middle of the school year. She noted that her daughter’s route was changed, and the only notification was the bus driver telling the daughter to pass the message on to the parents.

“I would just want to truly ensure that everyone is getting proper communication,” Pillsbury said. “We haven’t moved, but we didn’t get any notification. If it’s happening to me, it’s happening to other parents.”

Barbara said that Kobussen doesn’t send mail notifications when routes are changed. Instead, parents are notified by phone.

“When we change it, that’s what we do,” Barbara said.

Cumberland said that the notifications were being sent out earlier in the hopes that parents who have concerns can inform the district or Kobussen before the first day of school.

“There may be some kinks that we have to work out,” Cumberland said.

Old town hall returns to school district

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 9:38pm
Committee to look at what to do with former schoolhouseBy: 

Lee Pulaski [email protected]


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The former Wescott Town Hall, N6251 Lake Drive, Shawano, has not been used as a town hall for many years, and the town sent a letter to the Shawano School District announcing it planned to return the building to the district, per a deed.

The Shawano School District gave a former schoolhouse to the town of Wescott 50 years for $1 to use as a town hall.

Fifty years later, Wescott’s giving it back.

Town Chairman Brian Moesch sent district Superintendent Gary Cumberland a letter dated June 24 announcing that Wescott no longer intended to utilize the former town hall, N6251 Lake Road, Shawano, for town purposes. He later sent Cumberland the deed that stipulated the building would remain the town’s property until it was no longer utilized for town purposes, and then it would be returned in good condition to the school district.

Cumberland told the Shawano School Board on Monday that he wanted the board’s guidance on what should be done, as the news was somewhat of a surprise.

“They don’t need it anymore, and they’re saying, here it is,” Cumberland said.

Board member Alysia Pillsbury, who lives in Wescott, was very excited by the news, saying it should have been gone back to the district years ago.

“I’ve asked for it since we stopped voting over there why we (the town) still have that building that we’re maintaining,” Pillsbury said. “They don’t winterize it, so they keep it heated all winter so they don’t break the pipes.”

The town voted in 2006 to keep the building for community use, even though the town’s main office and meetings took place at the current facility at W5794 Old Keshena Road. Pillsbury noted that some rummage sales take place at the building, but the former town hall sees little use otherwise.

“Now, if it returns to the district, we have to decide what to do with it,” Cumberland said.

He told the board he could take it to the district’s buildings and grounds committee to determine a potential use for the facility.

Board member Chuck Dallas suggested the committee look at how much the district would need to take out for insurance on the building.

“Even though we may not use it, we still need coverage in case something happens,” Dallas said.

Moesch’s letter requested a decision on whether the district wanted to keep the building be sent no later than Sept. 2.

Racist graffiti damages Shawano schools

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 9:36pm
By: 

Leader Staff

Two buildings in the Shawano School District were damaged by racist and obscene graffiti over the weekend, and the Shawano Police Department is looking for suspects.

Superintendent Gary Cumberland said that someone had blasted some “not so nice words and pictures” on the outside wall of the gymnasium at Olga Brener Intermediate School and a metal storage shed near Shawano Community Middle School.

“You were able to see it from Evergreen (Street),” Cumberland said. “It’s not there anymore. It’s all been cleaned up.”

It’s unusual for racist graffiti to be found on Shawano public school property, he said, even though there have been occasions like homecoming, where someone will spray paint obscene pictures on the grass, but that is easily mowed away. Cumberland noted that maintenance crews spent much of Monday and Tuesday power washing the affected buildings.

“The police are investigating, and I want them to find these people,” Cumberland said.

Public Record

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 9:34pm

Shawano Police Department

July 22

Police logged 29 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 32-year-old woman was cited for operating after revocation at Lincoln and Richmond streets.

Vandalism — Graffiti was reported at Olga Brener Intermediate School, 1300 S. Union St., and at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Fraud — Associated Bank, 129 E. Division St., reported two counterfeit $100 bills.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 22

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Lewd and lascivious behavior was reported at the Shawano County Jail, 405 N. Main St. in Shawano.

Harassment — Harassment was reported on Date Street in Tigerton and on Main Street in the town of Angelica.

Disturbances — Authorities responded to disturbances on Prouty Street in Wittenberg and Oriole Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Theft — A weed whacker and other items were reported stolen from a shed on Mathew Lane in Cecil.

Clintonville Police Department

July 22

Police logged eight incidents, including the following:

Theft — A theft was reported on Ninth Street.

Accident — Officers responded to a motorcycle in the ditch at SSGT Warren Hansen Drive and Spring Street.

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