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Public Record

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:15am

Shawano Police Department

May 27

Police logged 12 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized at Lieg Avenue and Evergreen Street.

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

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident in the 200 block of South Washington Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 27

Deputies logged 41 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Tools were reported stolen on Hunting Road in the town of Grant.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized on Edwards Street in the town of Herman.

Burglary — A burglary was reported on Hillview Road in the town of Herman.

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg, N7198 Highway 45 in the town of Wittenberg.

OWI — A 51-year-old man was arrested for operating while intoxicated on state Highway 47 in the town of Lessor.

Clintonville Police Department

May 27

Police logged 11 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — A suspicious incident was reported on Anne Street.

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported on Auto Street.

First State Bank to acquire Pioneer Bank

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:14am

First State Bancshares, Inc., parent company of First State Bank, has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with Pioneer Bancorp, Inc., parent company of Pioneer Bank which has seven offices in North Central Wisconsin: Auburndale (main office), Greenwood, Marshfield, Rozellville, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, and Withee.

Pending regulatory approval and Pioneer Bancorp, Inc. shareholder approval, the purchase is expected to close early this fall. First State Bancshares, Inc. will acquire 100% of the outstanding common stock of Pioneer Bancorp, Inc. Pioneer Bank’s seven offices will subsequently merge with First State Bank in early 2020 and operate under the First State Bank name.

First State Bank has offices in Cecil, New London, Clintonville, Manawa, Waupaca, and Rudolph with total assets of $300 million. Pioneer Bank’s total assets are $160 million.

When the merger is complete, Jeff Whitrock, president and CEO of Pioneer Bank, will join First State Bank as senior vice president/chief market development and sales officer. He will lead the growth and development of the bank’s business and personal banking across its entire market area.

Jim Nowak, Pioneer Bank’s chief financial officer, will also join First State Bank as senior vice president and chief operations officer, responsible for overseeing all aspects of operations. Robert Van Asten will continue to lead First State Bank as president and CEO.

“Our two organizations are very complementary and together will be stronger in providing customers with the best products, convenience, and fantastic service from people they know and trust,” Van Asten said. “We are both committed to the principles of community banking serving families, businesses and communities in North Central Wisconsin.”

“Like Pioneer Bank, First State Bank has a long history as an independent community bank with offices in rural communities,” said Jeff Whitrock, president and CEO of Pioneer Bank. “With our merger, we’ll be preserving Pioneer’s original 1910 core values and the personal relationships our employees have built with our customers and communities.”

USDA raises limits on farm loans

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:13am

Higher limits are available for borrowers interested in USDA’s farm loans, which help agricultural producers purchase farms or cover operating expenses.

The 2018 Farm Bill increased the amount that producers can borrow through direct and guaranteed loans available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency and made changes to other loans, such as microloans and emergency loans.

“As natural disasters, trade disruptions and persistent pressure on commodity prices continue to impact agricultural operations, farm loans become increasingly important to farmers and ranchers,” said Richard Fordyce, Farm Service Agency administrator. “The 2018 Farm Bill provides increased loan limits and more flexibility to farm loans, which gives producers more access to credit when they need it most.”

Limits increased for both direct operating and farm ownership loans. Also, producers who previously received debt forgiveness as part of an FSA restructuring plan are now eligible to apply for emergency loans. Previously, these producers were ineligible. Finally, beginning and socially disadvantaged producers can now receive up to a 95% guarantee against the loss of principal and interest on a loan, up from 90%.

For information on FSA farm loans, visit

Bonduel principal wishes grads well

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 1:23am
Mayer urges them to be themselvesBy: 

Carol Ryczek [email protected]

Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Bonduel High School students line up as they wait to receive their diplomas at the BHS graduation exercises at the high school gym on Friday.

Five minutes.

Bonduel High School Principal Tim Mayer had exactly five minutes to deliver the commencement address to the 61 BHS graduates and their families in the BHS gym on Friday.

Everyone in the audience knew how much time he had, because he mentioned it several times as he went over his limit, several times. However, between the six-foot photo of his high school mullet, funny stories about the graduates, and a touching story of his own trials as a high school student, no one in attendance seemed to mind.

Mayer, who was celebrating 30 years as an educator, was trying to drive home a point about “being yourself” when he unveiled a very large photograph of himself as a high school senior. Point made.

In addition to reminiscing about the members of the graduating class, he shared that when he was 16, he was homeless and about to quit wrestling. His coach and mentor convinced him to stay in sports and helped him with the resources and encouragement he needed to make it successfully through school.

That guidance is what high school teachers, counselors and coaches are all about, Mayer said. He asked the students to think back to the BHS staff who had helped them in their years at the school, and thank them.

In addition to Mayer, Valedictorian Grace Tubutis and Salutatorian Emily Treptow delivered addresses. The BHS band and concert choir performed at the ceremony.

County approves zoning code changes

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 1:13am
Ag, livestock facilities can now cross common lot linesBy: 

Leader Staff

The Shawano County Board last week approved a long list of changes to the county zoning ordinance, though most were most were just a matter of housekeeping.

Planning and Development Director Andrew Popp said most of the amendments to the code were clarifications intended to make the code easier for the public to use and understand.

The most significant change, he said, dealt with agricultural structures and livestock facilities, which had previously not been allowed to cross lot lines, even if the adjacent lots belonged to the same owner.

The amendment adds an exemption allowing those structures and facilities to cross common lot lines, but the code still prevents crossing a lot line onto a lot owned by another party.

Other amendments to the code include:

• Allowing minor and major home occupations as an option in the OAR (Open Lands, Agriculture and Residential) Zoning District.

• Changes to fill permit requirements.

• Removal of the maximum building coverage requirement in residential zoning districts.

• Clarification of interior side yard setbacks in residential zoning districts.

• Clarification regarding walks and drives, ramps for person with disabilities and retaining walls and additions to temporary occupancy of recreational vehicle land use performance standards.

Public Record

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 1:12am

Shawano Police Department

May 26

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Shoplifting — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Disturbance — A 36-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic violence after a domestic disturbance in the 800 block of South Park Street. Police also responded to a domestic disturbance in the 500 block of South Washington Street.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint at Qualheim’s True Value, 1345 E. Green Bay St.

Warrant — A 17-year-old Shawano male was arrested for an outstanding warrant at Prairie and Franklin streets.

May 25

Police logged 27 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Beadwork was reported stolen in the 100 block of East Richmond Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Co-op Park, 1001 E. Richmond St.

Trespass — Trespassing was reported at Fifth and Washburn streets.

May 24

Police logged 36 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A 41-year-old Shawano man arrested for domestic-related disorderly conduct after a domestic disturbance in the 600 block of East Division Street.

Juvenile — Police investigated a juvenile alcohol complaint in the 300 block of South Washington Street.

OWI — A 33-year-old man was arrested for operating while intoxicated at Lincoln and Seward streets.

May 23

Police logged 33 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 22-year-old Shawano man was arrested for operating while intoxicated in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Vaping — Police logged three vaping complaints at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Burglary — An attempted burglary was reported in the 600 block of East Center Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 800 block of South Park Street.

Shoplifting — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 26

Deputies logged 54 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 41-year-old man was arrested for operating while intoxicated on County Road A in the town of Herman.

Assault — Authorities investigated an assault complaint on County Road HH in the town of Wescott.

Disturbances — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Norway Lane in the town of Belle Plaine and a domestic disturbance on Chrissie Circle in the town of Washington.

Theft — A trailer was reported stolen on Lake Crest Drive in the town of Wescott. Money was reported stolen from a semi truck on U.S. Highway 45 in Tigerton.

Trespass — Trespassing was reported on Primrose Lane in Tigerton.

Accident — Authorities responded to an injury accident on state Highway 47 in the town of Lessor.

May 25

Deputies logged 53 incidents, including the following:

Disturbances — Authorities responded to disturbances on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott, Poplar Road in the town of Richmond and Resort Road in the town of Washington. A fight in progress was also reported on Big Lake Road in the town of Red Springs.

OAR — A 38-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation on state Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott.

Theft — A mailbox was reported stolen on County Road F in the town of Hartland.

Trespass — Trespassing was reported on Front Street in Wittenberg and Old Lake Road in the town of Wescott.

Harassment — Harassment was reported on Meisner Street in Wittenberg.

May 24

Deputies logged 49 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Springbrook Road in the town of Washington.

Warrant — A 19-year-old male was arrested on a warrant on state Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott.

OAR — A 29-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation on Third Street in Shawano.

Accidents — Authorities responded to injury accidents on County Road N in the town of Birnamwood and County Road C in the town of Green Valley. Authorities also logged three deer-related crashes.

May 23

Deputies logged 36 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — Authorities investigated an identity theft complaint at Dollar General, 472 U.S. Highway 45 in Birnamwood.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Plum Lane in the town of Richmond.

Clintonville Police Department

May 26

Police logged 10 incidents, including the following:

Disturbances — A 36-year-old Howard man was arrested on a warrant after a disturbance on West Madison Street. Police also responded to a domestic complaint on Robert Street.

May 25

Police logged nine incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 53-year-old Clintonville man was arrested for operating while intoxicated on North 12th Street.

Drug Offense — Citations were issued for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia on McKinley Avenue.

Disturbance — A family disturbance was reported on Anne Street with an ambulance being dispatched for a medical condition.

May 24

Police logged 11 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported on West Morning Glory Drive.

Assault — Battery was reported on North 12th Street.

May 23

Police logged 15 incidents, including the following:

Assault — Domestic battery was reported on Brent Street.

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported on North Main Street and on West Green Tree Road.

Hit and Run — A property damage hit-and-run was reported on South Main Street.

Disturbance — A disturbance was reported on Fifth Street.

Harassment — Harassment was reported on McKinley Avenue.

Winners announced in student writing contest

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 1:11am

Leader photo by Lee Pulaski First place winners in the Shawano Area Writers student writing competition are, from left, front row, Bethany Barbara Brennan, 9-12 poetry; Megan Kroeger, 1-4 poetry; Caroline Bergmann, 1-4 nonfiction; and Lily Bubolz, 5-8 poetry. Back row, Fiona Hoffman, 9-12 fiction; and Jill Guenther, 5-8 poetry and 5-8 nonfiction. Not pictured are Mitchell Kundinger, 1-4 fiction; and Jacob Bratz, 9-12 nonfiction.

Student writers who won honors in the 13th George Putz Memorial Student Writing Contest were recognized on May 19 at the Mielke Arts Center by the Shawano Area Writers.

Dan Hartwig, owner of Twig’s Beverage, served as master of ceremonies for the annual event that featured a keynote address by award-winning author Susan Engebrecht.

Students submitted entries in three writing genres: poetry, fiction and nonfiction. They competed in three age groups: Grades 1-4, 5-8, and 9-12. Entries were judged anonymously by independent members of the Wisconsin Writers Association and Wisconsin Poets Association.

More than 90 people were on hand to see the winners were recognized with certificates and various cash prizes depending on place. The award-winning student writers are:

• Poetry Grades 1-4: Megan Kroeger, first; Rainn Edwards, second; Caroline Bergmann, third; Keira Kosowski, honorable mention; and Wapanuhkiw Waukechon-Reiter, honorable mention.

• Poetry Grades 5-8: Jill Guenther, first; Abriella Morningstar Mahkimetas-Kurkiewicz, second and third; Jonas Bushman, honorable mention; and Wyatt Bratz, honorable mention.

• Poetry Grades 9-12: Bethany Barbara Brennan, first; Julie Kirchner, second; Claire Guenther, third; and Jacob Bratz, two honorable mentions.

• Fiction Grades 1-4: Mitchell Kundinger, first; Caroline Bergmann, second; Danielle Carroll, third; Josiah Kuehl, honorable mention; and Miles Miller, honorable mention

• Fiction Grades 5-8: Lily Bubolz, first; Jill Guenther, second; Julie Hahn, third; Ivy Winslow, honorable mention; and Rachael Carroll, honorable mention.

• Fiction Grades 9-12: Fiona Hoffman, first, second and third; Julie Kirchner, honorable mention; and Charles Kuhn, honorable mention.

• Nonfiction Grades 1-4: Caroline Bergmann, first; Evie Kuehl, second and third; Dru Oshkeshequoam, honorable mention.

• Nonfiction Grades 5-8: Jill Guenther, first; Jonas Bushman, second; Wyatt Bratz, third; and Wyatt Bratz, honorable mention.

• Nonfiction Grades 9-12: Jacob Bratz, first.

Summer hours & Wild Wednesdays return to the NEW Zoo

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 1:08am

Summer is here and that means hours are extended to take advantage of the extra daylight at the NEW Zoo and Adventure Park, 4418 Reforestation Rd, Green Bay.

Beginning June 1, the NEW Zoo will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day of the week. A variety of daily programs are also available for zoo visitors to enjoy, including “VIP” experiences, penguin and pelican feedings, and a variety of free exhibit chats.

Visit to view the daily schedule of events and purchase advance tickets to the VIP experiences.

Starting June 1, the Adventure Park will also be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the last zip tour at 5:30 p.m. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Visitors can also take advantage of 1⁄2 priced admissions to the NEW Zoo every Wednesday night in June, July, and August from 6-8 p.m.

The zoo offers a new train ride, a carousel and opportunity to feed giraffes. The Giraffe Feeding Experience is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and again from 2:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Regular zoo admission fees are: children 2 & under-free; children 3-15 & Seniors 62 and over, $6; Adults, $9.


Fri, 05/24/2019 - 2:23am
Volunteers place flags to honor local veteransBy: 

Carol Ryczek [email protected]

Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Hailey Weishoff, 4, places a flag at the gravesite of a Shawano veteran as her brother Blake, 8, races toward another grave. Their father, Justin Weishoff carries bundles of flags in the background. The family was at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano on Thursday to get the graves ready for the Memorial Day ceremony on Monday. In Shawano, a parade begins at Huckleberry Harbor at 9:30 a.m. and the cemetery services begins at Woodlawn at 10 a.m.

Blake Weishoff was on the verge of dropping one of his bundles of American flags, but caught it just in time.

“Whew,” he said, relieved. “That’s no way to treat an American flag.”

Blake, who was carrying bundles of flags with his father, Justin Weishoff, sister Hailey Weishoff and grandmother Jane Kohl, was one of the two dozen or so volunteers who carried flags to place on the graves of military veterans at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano on Thursday.

The adults carried most of the flags as Blake and Hailey ran ahead and carefully set then into the metal holders next to the gravestones.

Respect, not just for the flags, but for the soldiers they represent, was an important part of the activity, Kohl said. The family took the time to volunteer “for the veterans.”

“We had always done this through 4-H. Now my youngest is in college and we thought we would continue without belonging to 4-H,” Kohl said. “It teaches them to give back to the community.”

That sentiment also helped to motivate Mitchell Soto and Damon Montour, members of Boy Scout Troop 32. They, along with Soto’s younger brother, Charlie, were part of troop project that put into practice the scout motto of “doing a good turn daily.”

The community involvement in the flag placement is an important part of the exercise, said Nick Benzinger, Shawano County veterans officer.

Qualheim’s True Value of Shawano donates the flags, which this year will probably number around 1,200, he said. Community groups, churches, Shawano County, veterans groups and individuals donated money for the flag holders. Local American Legion posts raise the money to buy flags for the more than 130 cemeteries throughout the county, he explained.

Benzinger said the county is making an effort to see that flag holders are placed in all of the cemeteries.

Flags are left in the holders until just after July 4, he said.

“It’s all about honoring the veterans. I really enjoy seeing all the flags up there,” he said.

The flags will be in place for the Memorial Day parade and memorial service on Monday.

In Shawano, the Shawano Allied Veterans Memorial Day will host a parade and service, with a change in the parade route this year due to the construction on East Fifth Street.

The 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.

The service will begin at 10 a.m. featuring speaker Jim Davel, a retired U.S. Army colonel and graduate of Shawano Community High School. Also on the program is a placement of a wreath, rifle volley and musical presentation.

Other area Memorial Day services include:


Kevin Hermening, of Mosinee, will be the guest speaker at the Darling-Gunderson American Legion Post 341 program at the Birnamwood Elementary-Middle School, 337 Main St. At age 20, in 1979, Hermening was the youngest Marine held hostage by Iranian extremists who took control of the U.S Embassy in Tehran. He and 51 other Americans spent 444 days in captivity.

The program includes the Pledge of Allegiance led by local Boy Scouts, invocation and closing prayer by Betty Wyatt, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Aniwa, a reading by a representative of the American Legion Auxiliary, music by the Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School band directed by Joan Kekula, patriotic songs by the Community Singers and a salute to departed veterans followed by 30 seconds of silence.


Memorial Day observance, Bonduel Community Archives and Gazebo, 108 S. First St., Bonduel. 10:30 a.m.


The Bloecher-Johnson American Legion Post 502 will begin their graveside services with a 7:30 a.m. service at the Eland cemetery.


In Elderon, VFW Post 8068 will hold services at three cemeteries, as well as their noon dinner at the VFW clubhouse on state Highway 153. All are welcome.


Tigerton Memorial Day event, Legion Park, 223 Pine St., Tigerton. 11 a.m.


At the Homme Home for the Aging in Wittenberg, the outside service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Legion member Gary Clark will recite the poem “In Flanders Fields” by Lt. Col. John McCrae, and Staehler will read information prepared by the American Legion about focusing on what unites us rather than what divides us.

Memorial Day history

Memorial Day began to honor the soldiers who died during the Civil War. Originally known as Decoration Day, it was first officially declared May 5, 1868 by a proclamation of Major General John A. Logan, the first President of the Grand Army of the Republic, by General Order No. 11 declaring May 30th as the day of observance, according to the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

After World War I, Memorial Day began to honor the fallen from all American wars. It wasn’t until 1971 that Congress made Memorial Day a national holiday to be observed on the last Monday of May. On Dec. 28, 2000, President William Clinton signed the “National Moment of Remembrance Act,” which designates 3 p.m. on Memorial Day each year as the National Moment of Remembrance, in honor of the men and women of the United States who have died in pursuit of peace and freedom. Additionally, the act created a White House commission on the National Moment of Remembrance to coordinate and encourage Memorial Day events.

Memorial Day flag etiquette

On Memorial Day the U.S. flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon only, then raised briskly to the top of the staff until sunset, in honor of the nation’s battle heroes. To display the flag at half-staff, hoist it to the peak for an instant and lower it to a position half-way between the top and bottom of the staff.

Public Record

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 2:19am

Shawano Police Department

May 22

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Truancy — Police logged a truancy complaint from Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Harassment — Harassment was reported in the 700 block of South Union Street and the 1100 block of East Richmond Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 22

Deputies logged 53 incidents, including the following:

Arrest — A 22-year-old Shawano woman was taken into custody for a probation violation on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

OWI — A 57-year-old homeless man was taken into custody for operating while intoxicated, bail jumping, and possession of marijuana, meth and drug paraphernalia after authorities responded to a reckless driving complaint on state Highway 47 in the town of Lessor.

Warrants — A 43-year-old Neopit man was taken into custody on a warrant on Curt Black Road in the town of Wescott. A 27-year-old Keshena man and a 27-year-old Keshena woman were arrested on warrants on state Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Big Lake Road in the town of Red Springs.

Clintonville Police Department

May 22

Police logged eight incidents, including the following:

Fraud — A counterfeit bill was reported on South Main Street.

Suspicious — Suspicious incidents were reported on North Main Street and on West Street.

State gets federal funds to address food-related emergencies

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 2:18am

As part of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection was awarded federal funding to lead the development of a rapid response team for food-related emergencies.

The goal for states participating in FDA’s Rapid Response Team Program is to minimize the amount of time between when a human or animal food emergency occurs and the implementation of a multi-agency response to prevent and reduce exposure to a foodborne illness.

“A major challenge addressing a food-related emergency is collecting and organizing information from multiple public health agencies so we can quickly understand and mitigate the emergency,” said Dr. Steve Ingham, the department’s Division of Food and Recreational Safety administrator. “It’s important for agencies to work together in a potential outbreak situation. … Our goal is to build an integrated food safety system involving all industry, government and consumer partners to ensure food produced in Wisconsin is safe and wholesome.”

The DATCP will receive $300,000 for each of the next five years to fund Wisconsin’s rapid response team initiatives — including surveillance, data sharing and analysis, communications, staffing and training. From 2015 to 2017, Wisconsin’s rapid response team was unfunded or voluntary, and the DATCP operated a rapid response team with limited resources.

“Illnesses caused by the foods we eat or drink are of great concern to the public, and when an outbreak occurs, the public wants answers quickly,” said Jeanne Ayers, Department of Health Services state health officer. “A rapid response team improves coordination between agencies, which helps us to conduct our investigations, institute control measures and provide useful information to the public more quickly.”

For information about food safety in Wisconsin, visit

Homeland Security training bill passes House

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 2:17am

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed House Resolution 2066, the Department of Homeland Security Intelligence Rotational Assignment Program Act of 2019, which was introduced by Rep. Mike Gallagher on April 3.

With the goal of improving collaboration across different intelligence offices, the bill authorizes an Intelligence Rotational Analyst Program and requires department officials to incentivize education and cross training of intelligence analysts.

“Evidence shows that a lack of intra-agency communication can lead to major security breaches,” Gallagher said in a press release. “I know first-hand that success in the field requires information sharing at all levels, and we must do all we can to strengthen participation in programs that seek to encourage this type of cross pollination.”

This legislation also passed the House last Congress with unanimous support.

Nationwide FFA fundraiser has record year

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 2:16am

During its annual drive to raise money for the National FFA Organization, Tractor Supply locations nationwide raised a record $970,121 to fund its Grants for Growing program. The money, which was donated by Tractor Supply customers during a 12-day program to coincide with National FFA Week, will help support the work of FFA chapters across the country.

Tractor Supply awarded 259 grants impacting more than 24,000 students in 258 FFA chapters across the country this spring. From school gardens to beekeeping stations, the grants will be used to purchase the supplies needed to fulfill agricultural projects such as power tools, hydroponic systems, fencing, vegetation, livestock, poultry, feed and mulch.

“The Grants for Growing program gives Tractor Supply the opportunity to leave a lasting, positive impact on youth across the country who are interested in farming, gardening and other hands-on, outdoor projects,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply. “The thoughtful donations from this program allow us to further students’ understanding of agriculture by providing educators with the necessary resources to make our communities more sustainable places.”

Since the program’s start in 2016, Grants for Growing has raised more than $3.2 million for the FFA. For information about the program, visit

2 charged in Bartelme stabbing

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 9:07pm
Incident occurred after fight over money escalatedBy: 

Tim Ryan [email protected]

An argument over money escalated into a physical altercation and ultimately a stabbing in the town of Bartelme on Sunday, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.

Two people are facing multiple felony charges in connection with the incident.

Crystal M. Malone, 34, and John J. Waubanascum, 46, both of Bowler, have each been charged with reckless injury with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery and false imprisonment as a result of the incident that sent a 29-year-old woman to the hospital with stab wounds to the face, head and hand.

Stockbridge-Munsee police responded to a report of a stabbing on National Guard Road in Bartelme shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday where they spoke with a 29-year-old woman who said she had been stabbed multiple times.

The woman had a blood-covered towel on her head, the kitchen floor was covered in blood and items were strewn about from an apparent struggle, according to the complaint.

She told police Malone and Waubanascum had been at the residence hanging out and drinking beer when Malone began arguing and fighting with her about money.

The fight turned physical, and Malone asked Waubanascum to give her a knife, she said.

The woman said Malone stabbed her twice and Waubanascum stabbed her once.

The woman said Malone and Waubanascum prevented her from leaving or using the phone to call police, but she was able to escape through the back door.

According to the complaint, the two stole the woman’s cell phone and other items before leaving.

The woman was treated at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano for non-life threatening injuries.

Malone and Waubanascum were later arrested at their residence in Bowler.

They could each face a maximum 40 years in prison a $100,000 fine on the armed robbery charge.

The reckless injury charge normally carries a maximum 25 years and $100,000 fine, but the prison sentence could be enhanced by five years because it involved the use of a dangerous weapon.

False imprisonment carries a maximum six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Malone was ordered held on a $10,000 cash bond is scheduled for an adjourned initial court appearance June 3.

Waubanascum — who has a previous conviction for bail jumping and a pending case for failure to report to jail — was ordered held on a $20,000 cash bond. He is due back in court for an adjourned initial appearance Tuesday.

Search begins for new schools chief

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 9:06pm
Board hires WASB to conduct searchBy: 

Lee Pulaski [email protected]

The Shawano School Board voted Wednesday to hire consultants with the Wisconsin Association of School Boards to conduct a search for a new superintendent.

Current Superintendent Gary Cumberland will be retiring from the public school system Aug. 31 and taking a position with Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano.

The board agreed to spend up to $10,000 with WASB for the superintendent search, which would include screening initial candidates, facilitating focus groups and organizing interviews between the finalists and the school board. Included was a performance clause that addressed that WASB would keep searching if the board is dissatisfied with all of the candidates brought forward this summer.

The board is hoping to have a new superintendent in place sometime in July.

Board members were unanimous in their desire to have a consultant do much of the work in finding suitable candidates. WASB had been used for two previous superintendent searches with great success, several board members said, but was not used when the board promoted Cumberland from assistant superintendent to superintendent in August 2013 after the abrupt departure of Todd Carlson just a few days before the school year started. Carlson was hired as superintendent in the Gillett School District.

The board received information about other consulting firms that could potentially be hired but decided to go with WASB because of the price tag. WASB, which made a pitch to the board at another meeting on Monday, is a nonprofit entity, and Shawano School District is a member of the organization.

“All these others need to make money at the end of the day,” board member Michael Sleeper said. “Between the service component and the competitive pricing, those stood out for me” in WASB’s bid.

Cumberland noted that WASB already has a pool of administrative candidates because the organization sends an email every time a school district seeks a superintendent.

“Everyone that I know of goes through WASB in the state of Wisconsin,” Cumberland said.

The district’s human resources director, Todd Kleinhans, recommended the board not be in a rush to fill Cumberland’s post. Kleinhans, who will leave the district himself June 30, believes the district will only be getting “second and third tier” candidates because the normal hiring season for a superintendent is in late December through March.

“My concern right now would be the timing,” Kleinhans said, noting he was not part of the meeting Monday when the board met the consultants. “I just hope we’re not being sold a bill of goods that we’re going to get a ton of quality candidates right now.”

Board member Chuck Dallas recommended a performance clause for the WASB deal so that, if the board doesn’t like any of the final candidates, that the organization would keep searching.

Board member Alysia Pillsbury said she wants WASB to be sure to find a diverse pool of candidates, not only between men and women but also different ethnicities.

Sleeper noted that Shawano’s small-town Wisconsin status would likely attract more in-state candidates than out of state.

“We’re not a Green Bay, a Madison, a Racine, an Eau Claire where somebody from Florida, California or New York would move here,” Sleeper said. “We could be highly attractive to candidates who are in the upper Midwest.”

Board member Diane Hoffman wanted to make sure that any internal candidates were given a fair chance to apply for the position.


Wed, 05/22/2019 - 8:56pm
Sugar Bowl offers snacks and entertainmentBy: 

Lee Pulaski [email protected]

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Maddie Stuewer pours some sprinkles a dish of ice cream for a customer Saturday at The Sugar Bowl, 136 S. Main St., Shawano. Stuewer opened the business in April on weekends only, but it will be open to customers daily beginning in June.

A new snack shop opening in downtown Shawano will not only provide a place for residents and visitors to get some ice cream and other cool treats, but it will also be a place for entertainment and celebration.

The Sugar Bowl opened its doors in the last month at 136 S. Main St., formerly the site of The Well. When an announcement on Facebook said the building had become available, Shawano resident Maddie Stuewer knew she had to go for it and start her own business.

“I replied, and a few days later, I was in,” Stuewer said. “It was very fast, very exciting. It was not what I was planning to do, but I’m glad I got to do it.”

Stuewer, who has directed several plays at Shawano Community High School, is still in college and was planning to pursue her own business upon graduation, but the building was too good to pass up. The Sugar Bowl has only been open on weekends so far, when Stuewer is not in school. But once June hits, the business will be open daily as local events increase.

It took a little work over two months to convert the place from a spot for youth religious activities to a snack shop and venue for community events. The business includes a back room for parties and meetings, arcade games, pool and ping-pong tables to keep the children entertained, as well as a stage and sound booth for performances.

“I love the bar with all of the multi-colored lights,” Stuewer said. “Somehow, it feels very old school.”

The Sugar Bowl has already hosted a couple of private parties so far, and the high school’s jazz combo will be performing at 5 p.m. Friday.

“We’re kind of just trying things out before school lets out,” Stuewer said. “We’re seeing what works and what doesn’t work.”

In the future, Stuewer hopes to host open mic nights and talent shows. She noted that some groups have inquired about Bingo and trivia nights, as well.

“Basically, anything and everything we want to try, within reason,” Stuewer said. “I’d eventually like to do theatrical productions or some kind of improv troupe. I’d like to expand on the whole events aspect.”

Stuewer doesn’t believe her entertainment plans will clash with what is being planned by the Stubborn Brothers Brewery, which is expected to open later this year one block south of the Sugar Bowl.

“I think it’s slightly different atmospheres,” Stuewer said.

Looking around the front parlor, some of the decor looks similar to the malt shops popular in communities in the 1950s. However, most of the decor — regardless of era — is connected with ice cream in some way.

For those hungry for something other than ice cream, The Sugar Bowl also serves pizzas, popcorn and chips. They serve up beer and wine for the adults, and they have some of the specialty sodas crafted by Twig’s Beverage.

Stuewer has kept the old floor in the back room from the building’s bowling alley days.

“I just found out that my grandpa used to bowl here and drink a beer, so this is a bit of Shawano history,” Stuewer said, adding she recently obtained some pictures of the place that she plans to frame and display in the business. “I have people come in and say, ‘Oh, I used to bowl here,’ and ‘I used to play music here.’”

The Sugar Bowl will stay open later on nights when there are other downtown activities taking place. Stuewer noted the Thursday night activities planned at Franklin Park will prompt her to keep dishing out ice cream long after the sun goes down.

“Our hours will be flexible, but we’ll be posting that on our website and our Facebook page,” Stuewer said. “It’s important to us, especially with tourists and families walking around. We want something for them to do.”

Stuewer said she’s wanted to own her own business ever since she was little.

“I just didn’t know what,” she said with a laugh.

Culver’s founder comes to Shawano

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 8:54pm
Culver tells about history of his restaurantsBy: 

Carol Ryczek [email protected]

Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Culver’s co-founder Craig Culver shakes the hand of Valerie Kleczewski while visiting the Shawano location last week. Kleczewski and her son, Isaiah Arseneau, traveled from Bowler to meet Culver and have their picture taken with him. She said she is a big fan of the restaurant.

Shakes were a featured item on the menu at Culver’s of Shawano recently.

Although shakes and malts are always available at the fast food restaurant at 1220 E. Green Bay St., last week the most popular variety of shake was the handshake, as Culver’s company chair and co-founder Craig Culver visited the store to meet with employees and visitors.

Culver has created something of a fan base, as restaurant patrons took pictures with him, shook his hand and even had him autograph a hat.

Culver said he was at the Shawano site to support the employees. “I get a great feeling of pride when I visit our restaurants. Not from the buildings, from our team members,” he said. “They do more for me than I do for them.”

Culver said he makes it a point to visit every one of the Culver’s restaurants in operation, which — due to a recent opening in Austin, Texas — number 707 across the country.

Culver’s has its roots in Sauk City, Wisconsin. Culver said that when the first restaurant opened, he never dreamed that eventually it would represent a chain of hundreds of locations.

“I wasn’t really even thinking about two,” he said.

The company’s success, Culver said, comes from the idea that they are not in the restaurant business but in the “people” business. In fact, any business is really a people business, he said.

“Those who are good at it are the successful ones,” Culver said.

He said that the concept is shared with customers through interactions with employees.

“People first. Valuing them and respecting them,” Culver said about his employees. He said he wants to see those values shared with customers.

“Are you greeted? Thanked when you leave? Do they say say ‘please’ and ‘thank you?’” he said, adding that it isn’t enough to say the words. He wants his team to mean them.

Culver’s will celebrate 35 years in operation July 18. The Shawano facility, under the leadership of owner Brian Lovelien, has been open since July 2018.

Public Record

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 8:51pm

Shawano Police Department

May 21

Police logged 38 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 36-year-old Shawano man was arrested for operating while intoxicated at Division and Lincoln streets and a 46-year-old Keshena woman was arrested for OWI at Division and Main streets.

Disturbance — A disturbance was reported in the 200 block of South Lafayette Street. A 28-year-old Clintonville man was referred for disorderly conduct after a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of South Lafayette Street and a 32-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic violence after a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of West Picnic Street.

Harassment — Harassment was reported in the 200 block of North Airport Drive and 800 block of East Richmond Street.

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

OWL — A 19-year-old Keshena female was cited for operating without a license at Lafayette and Oshkosh streets.

Arrest — A 39-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for a probation violation at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 21

Deputies logged 52 incidents, including the following:

Burglary — Burglaries were reported on Front Street in Wittenberg, Lake Drive in Cecil and County Road B in the town of Waukechon.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a domestic disturbance on County Road HH in the town of Washington.

Theft — Authorities responded to property theft complaints at the Ho-Chunk Casino, N7198 U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Wittenberg; County Road CC in the town of Waukechon; and Lake Drive in Cecil.

Harassment — Harassment was reported on Ho-Chunk Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Vandalism — Vandalism was reported on Much Road in the town of Germania.

Clintonville Police Department

May 21

Police logged 10 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — A citation was issued for possession of drug paraphernalia on South Main Street.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a family disturbance on Flora Way.

SCHS athletic coaches to get pay bump

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:29pm
Board member argues non-athletic coaches should also earn moreBy: 

Lee Pulaski [email protected]

The Shawano School Board voted Monday to increase the salaries for athletic coaches at Shawano Community High School, but one board member was incensed that non-athletic coaches were not included.

The Shawano School District Finance Committee met several times about the coaching salaries and recommended allocating an additional $11,000 to next year’s budget to give coaches increases ranging from $50 to $700, depending on the sport.

Joel Wondra, SCHS athletics and activities director, said the school looked at how its pay rates compared with schools of similar size in northeast Wisconsin. He said he tried to recommend salaries that were just above the average.

“Not every head coach would see a pay increase. If they were already above the average, then those were not included,” Wondra said. “This also provides a small increase for many of our assistant coaches.”

“I find that very disturbing,” said board member Mart Grams, when he asked if the increase only applied to athletic coaches. “We have many coaches who are not athletes. We have chess club and the guy who runs the visual arts thing here.”

Wondra noted that he researched the pay for non-athletic coaches, but he claimed the variables are different for those coaches because of differences in competitions, time commitments and mentoring.

“In the world of (athletic) coaching, season lengths are the same and practice times are usually pretty similar,” Wondra said. “The role of the coach doesn’t vary a lot from school to school. In the world of the non-athletic co-curriculars, there is a tremendous amount of variance.”

Grams said he believed non-athletic coaches should, at a minimum, receive a cost-of-living increase. He said some of those coaches have not seen increases in more than a decade, and many of them have students who compete at state and even national levels.

“In SkillsUSA, the kids have to pay their own way (to compete),” Grams said. “Name me one athlete that has to pay to go to state. I have never heard of that, and I’ve been here 40 years.”

He added that he constantly saw salary increases for being a referee, but he never saw a hike when it came to being an adviser for National Honor Society or the student council.

“That sends a negative perception,” Grams said. “You make it seem like we are a football school, a basketball school, and we are not. We’re an academic facility.”

Wondra argued that he gave athletic and non-athletic information to the finance committee, but it was up to the panel to make a recommendation for the board.

Grams added that Wondra’s job title includes overseeing all activities and not just athletics. Grams made a motion to postpone the vote on the coaching salaries until the finance committee could make recommendations on non-athletic coaching salaries, but it died for a lack of second. However, a new motion that approved the athletic coaching salaries included a mandate for the finance committee to look at increasing other coaching salaries.

School district gets first look at 2019-20 budget

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 10:24pm
Property tax rate may drop againBy: 

Lee Pulaski [email protected]

Shawano School District taxpayers could be looking at another drop in taxes if some of the assumptions staff members make become reality.

Business Manager Louise Fischer gave the Shawano School Board its first look at the 2019-20 budget Monday, a look filled with blind spots and unknowns. Fischer estimated property taxes could drop from $9.69 per $1,000 of equalized valuation to $9.54, which means the owner of a property worth $100,000 would pay $954 in taxes to the school district.

To do that, however, there would need to be an increase in property values, which won’t be finalized until October. Also, the state has not yet finalized its budget, and Fischer said it was doubtful it would be finalized by July 1, which is when the fiscal year begins.

“A lot of these numbers are very preliminary,” Fischer said. “We do not have anything concrete from the state as far as a budget for the next two years. Usually around this time, we’re hearing rumors or inclinations where they’re going with the budget. Right now, they’re not even talking to each other.”

Fischer said one indication is that schools will continue to get the $200 per student equalization aid that had been put in the state’s biennial budget in 2017.

A factor that could hurt the district is continuing decreased enrollment. Fischer estimates district enrollment could drop from 2,335 currently to 2,305 when the official tally is conducted the third Friday in September.

She noted that this would be the third consecutive year the district’s student population has dropped, losing 42 students in the 2017 count and 26 students in 2018. Since the state uses a district’s previous three years in determining state aid for schools, it could hurt the local school district.

The total planned operating budget is estimated to be $29.53 million for the 2019-20 school year, but that is also not a firm number. Additional expenses the district faces include salary increases for staff, including a big boost for support staff; increase in health care costs by about 13%; increase in dental costs by 2%; higher costs for busing, which would include rising fuel prices; and an increase in early retirement benefits.

Some cuts the district could implement include merging the business manager and human resources director positions in the wake of Fischer’s retirement this year, which would save about $100,000; cutting about $125,000 from a fund for future maintenance; and eliminating several aide positions due to planned retirements.

The next budget draft is expected to be presented to the board in July.