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Area races already shaping up for April election

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 4:02am
2 challengers so far for Shawano mayor’s officeBy: 

Tim Ryan [email protected]

Two potential challengers so far have taken out nomination papers for the city of Shawano mayoral seat currently held by Jeanne Cronce.

Jim Oberstein, a mayoral candidate defeated by Cronce in 2016, and former Shawano police chief Ed Whealon both took out papers Friday, the first day to begin collecting signatures to get on the April 3 general election ballot.

Mayoral candidates need to return at least 50 signatures by 5 p.m. on Jan. 2.

Cronce had not yet taken out papers Friday, but the stage appears to be set for a primary election on Feb. 20.

City Attorney Tim Schmid has filed notice that he will not be seeking reelection, but there is at least one other candidate so far looking to fill that position.

Katherine Sloma, who works in the same Shawano law office as Schmid and who has occasionally sat in for him at Common Council meetings, has taken out papers for that post.

Meanwhile, all three alderpersons up for reelection in April — Rhonda Strebel, Lisa Hoffman and Jim Hoeffs — have taken out papers for another two-year term.

Elsewhere, at least two Shawano County Board races seemed to be shaping up Friday.

Former County Board supervisor Mike McClelland has taken out papers for a possible rematch against District 4 Supervisor Aimee Zeinert, who defeated McClelland in 2016. The district includes wards 7 and 8 of the city of Shawano.

Devin Krizan has also taken out papers for a challenge to incumbent District 8 Supervisor Rosetta Stern. The district includes wards 3 and 4 of the town of Wescott.

All 27 County Board seats will be on the ballot in the April 3 election.

Potential candidates have until Jan. 2 to return their papers with at least 20 signatures.

Other municipal and school board seats up for reelection in April, and current incumbents, include:

Town of Wescott — Supervisor 1, Brian Moesch; Supervisor 3, Bruce Duffy Schultz.

Village of Aniwa — Trustee Jeffrey Reissmann.

Village of Birnamwood — Trustees Carol Resch, Vicki Wruck and Don Schmidt.

Village of Bonduel — Trustees Dick Silbert, Shawn Thorne and Luka Zischka.

Village of Bowler — Trustees Mark Kropf, Patty Kropf and Otto Maves.

Village of Cecil — Trustees Ann Walenski, Pat Westcott and Cap Wallrich.

Village of Eland — Trustees Harvey Johnson and Faye Slaney.

Village of Gresham — Trustees Richard Giese, Thomas Madsen and Ethan Schmidt.

Village of Mattoon — Trustees Kim Berger, Charles Reuter and Leland Parmer.

Village of Pulaski — Trustees Bruce Brzeczkowski, Doug Prentice and Robert Van Lannen.

Village of Tigerton — Trustees Cary Robbins, Jeff Koepke and Shawn Much.

Village of Wittenberg — Trustees Renee Switalla, Paul Yaeger and Barbara Buchholz.

Shawano School District — Bruce Milavitz, member-at-large; Al Heins, Area 1; Tyler Schmidt, Area 4.

Bonduel School District — Dale Bergsbaken, Judy Rank.

Gresham School District — Grace Schwefel, Andy Schmidt.

Clintonville School District — Jim Dins, Ben Huber and Laurie Volrath.

Menominee Indian School District — Nanette Corn, Neopit; Karen Washinawatok, South Branch.

Tigerton School District — Bonnie Levandoski, Cary Robbins and Scott Suehring.

Wittenberg School District — Tammy Pestka, Area 2; Kristy Meredith, Area 4; Tammy Wendler, Area 5.

Antigo School District — Mike Boldig, Jeanne Long and Andy Merry.

Bowler School District — Raymond Rigsby, town of Seneca; Jerry Grosskopf, town of Bartelme.

Gillett School District — James Karls and Nanette Mohr.

Marion School District — Dawn Papendorf, Lynn Tober-Steinke and Amie Bodart.

Pulaski School District — Sara Mangold, Zone 5; Mark Wernicke, Zone 2; Brian Vanden Heuvel, member-at-large.

Seymour School District — Laurie Bowers, Zone 3; Paula Rohm, Zone 4.

Clintonville seeking input on its future

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 4:00am

The city of Clintonville is seeking input from residents, businesses, visitors and others on how it will look in the future in terms of housing, business development, downtown revitalization and transportation.

In partnership with the Clintonville Chamber of Commerce, East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and SEH consultants, the city is updating its current comprehensive plan and the Downtown Master Plan.

A public visioning workshop, held in an “open house” format, will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Clintonville Community Center, 30 N. Main St. No pre-registration is required.

Project representatives will walk participants through a series of quick, thoughtful and highly visual exercises to stimulate and document ideas and concerns in topic areas associated with community identity, land use, housing, transportation, economic development, recreation, downtown revitalization and more. The workshop will assist in the initial stages of formulating a vision for how the city will look, function and feel as new development or redevelopment takes place over the next 20 years.

Public Record

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 3:59am

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 30

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

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

Hit and Run — Police investigated a hit-and-run accident at Main and Green Bay streets.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 900 block of South Andrews Street.

Fraud — Police investigated a credit card fraud complaint at the Brickstone Inn, 622 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 30

Authorities logged 35 incidents, including the following:

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen on Robin Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Burglary — A burglary was reported on Maplewood Road in the town of Birnamwood.

Trespass — Authorities investigated a trespassing complaint on Comet Road in the town of Germania.

OAR — A 55-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation on County Road BE in Bonduel.

Accidents — Authorities responded to an injury accident on Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott and logged four deer-related crashes.

Clintonville Police Department

Nov. 30

Police logged nine incidents, including the following:

Accident — A one-vehicle property damage accident was reported on North Main Street.

Disorderly — A disorderly conduct incident was reported on McKinley Avenue.

Hit and Run — A hit-and-run accident was reported on West Madison Street.

Trespass — A warning was issued for trespassing on McKinley Avenue.

Stockbridge-Munsee continue legal fight over Ho-Chunk Casino

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 2:57am
Tribe believes suit dismissal was in errorBy: 

Tim Ryan [email protected]

The Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe is not backing down from its legal fight against the Ho-Chunk Nation gaming expansion in Wittenberg, in spite of a court ruling in October dismissing the lawsuit.

The Stockbridge-Munsee sued the Ho-Chunk and the state in April over the expansion of the Ho-Chunk’s ancillary gaming facility into a full-fledged casino.

The Ho-Chunk facility is about 20 miles away from the North Star Casino Resort operated in Bowler by the Stockbridge-Munsee.

The suit alleged the expansion could cost the Stockbridge-Munsee $22 million per year.

In dismissing Ho-Chunk from the suit, a federal judge found that the Stockbridge-Munsee should have sued in 2008 when the Ho-Chunk casino first opened.

The Stockbridge-Munsee maintain the judge erred in that decision and issued a news release Thursday saying the tribe was seeking reconsideration of the ruling.

The tribe argued that, as a sovereign federally recognized Indian tribe, the Stockbridge-Munsee’s claims against the Ho-Chunk and the state are not subject to Wisconsin statutes of limitations.

The tribe also alleged “continuing violations of law by both the Ho-Chunk and the state,” including fraud, which would make the tribe’s lawsuit exempt from the statute of limitations.

“As we said before, apparently it was our mistake to have believed the multiple public and private assurances from both the state of Wisconsin and Ho-Chunk that the Wittenberg facility would be no more than ‘mini-mart’ gaming,” said Shannon Holsey, president of the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Council.

“We took prompt and timely action, as is our legal right, when it became clear that the Ho-Chunk were violating their state compact to build a $41 million full blown casino resort while the state simply looked the other way,” she said.

According to the tribe, the court’s ruling applied a Wisconsin contracts law six-year statute of limitations to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which contains no statute of limitations for such enforcement action by a state or a tribe.

“All we are seeking is fair consideration of our claims, and will continue to pursue our rights,” Holsey said.

The Stockbridge-Munsee’s North Star Casino Resort opened in 1992.

In 2003, the state amended a compact with the Ho-Chunk to allow it to open a casino in Shawano County as an ancillary facility. The Wittenberg casino opened in 2008.

Last year, the Ho-Chunk announced a $150 million expansion of the Wittenberg casino, including a hotel, 200 more slot machines, 10 gaming tables, a restaurant and bar.

The Stockbridge-Munsee subsequently filed the lawsuit, arguing the Ho-Chunk’s compact allowed only an ancillary facility in Wittenberg — one where less than half the revenue comes from gambling — and the expansion would violate that agreement.

The Stockbridge-Munsee have refused to make its nearly $1 million annual payment to the state, claiming the state’s refusal to enforce the compact with the Ho-Chunk violates the Stockbridge-Munsee’s compact.

The Ho-Chunk gaming expansion opened in October and had a ribbon-cutting ceremony last month. The hotel is expected to open in January or February.

Ho-Chunk officials could not be reached for comment.

Public Record

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 2:55am

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 29

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Theft — An attempted theft was reported in the 900 block of South Water Street.

Shoplifting — Verizon, 1056 E. Green Bay St., reported a stolen tablet.

Shoplifting — A 47-year-old woman was cited for shoplifting at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen in the 600 block of South Main Street. Menominee Tribal Police later stopped the stolen auto in Menominee County. A 16-year-old Green Bay teen was driving and taken into custody. The juvenile will be referred to juvenile court for the auto theft.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 29

Deputies logged 36 incidents, including the following:

Hit and Run — Authorities investigated a property damage hit-and-run on Slate Avenue in Mattoon.

Disorderly — Authorities responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the Shawano County Courthouse, 311 N. Main St. in Shawano.

Burglary — A burglary to a garage was reported on Belle Plaine Avenue in the town of Belle Plaine.

Theft — A license plate was reported stolen on County Road E in the town of Green Valley.

Accidents — Authorities responded to an injury accident on U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Aniwa and logged four deer-related crashes.

Stockbridge-Munsee Police Department

Nov. 29

Police logged eight incidents, including the following:

Burglary — A cabin was reported burglarized and a TV stolen on County Road A in Bowler.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint on Cherry Street in Bowler.

Clintonville Police Department

Nov. 29

Police logged 11 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint on McKinley Avenue.

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

Shoe Sensation seeking socks

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 2:54am

Shoe Sensation in Shawano will be hosting a Socks for Troops and Veterans event through Dec. 24.

Shoe Sensation will be encouraging customers to donate socks for soldiers and vets. Customers who make a donation will receive 20 percent off the price of that donation.

Shoe Sensation is a “drop off location” for Socks for Troops and will accept donations that customers purchased elsewhere. The local store is located at 180 Woodlawn Drive in Shawano.

Luxury apartments, condos proposed for former hospital property

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 2:37am
Public hearing scheduled for WednesdayBy: 

Tim Ryan [email protected]

The Shawano Plan Commission next week will consider another proposal for development of the former Shawano Medical Center property, this one featuring a luxury apartment building and single-family condominiums.

It’s the only remaining proposal on the city’s plate after a 40-unit senior housing complex that would have occupied the north parking lot of the hospital property was shot down by the commission earlier this month amid neighborhood complaints.

That proposal, offered by Kansas City-based Northpoint Development Corp., would have erected a four-story subsidized senior housing complex with 40 apartments.

The new proposal, from Tadych Investment Partners, LLC, of Green Bay, would include a four-story 39-unit luxury apartment building and up to 25 detached single-family condominiums located along the western edge of the site adjacent to Smalley Park.

The plan commission will hold a public hearing at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St., before acting on a request for a zone change that would make way for the project.

The commission will then go into closed session to discuss financial questions that would still need to be resolved, including the purchase price of the property and the possibility of financial assistance for Tadych.

City Administrator Brian Knapp said it would have been premature to have those discussions before knowing whether the zone change would be approved.

The four-story apartment building would be further south than the Northpoint proposal, but its size could still be an issue for some neighbors.

A major objection to the Northpoint project was the four-story structure being out of step with the residential neighborhood.

“Certainly, there are some of the same elements of concern that could be applied,” Knapp said.

However, he said, Tadych is aware of those concerns and is trying to mitigate them with a “half basement” underground parking design that could make the building closer to 3 ½ stories.

That will depend on soil conditions, Knapp said.

Possibly more appealing to neighbors would be the single-family condominiums.

Neighbors at the Northpoint public hearing urged the city to restore the residential atmosphere of their neighborhood now that the hospital was gone.

“The old neighborhood isn’t coming back, but this could be similar,” Knapp said.

The project also envisions single-family units on the northwest parking lot of the property where Northpoint had proposed its apartment building.

The project, if approved, would be developed in stages, beginning with the apartment building and 15 single-family condominiums.

The second phase would be up to 10 additional single-family condominiums at the north parking lot, though timing on that phase will depend on how successful the first phase of the project is.

The former SMC campus consists of about 10 acres overlooking the Wolf River near downtown Shawano. The north parking lot consists of about 1.3 acres of that, along Bartlett Street between West Second and Third streets.

The city owns a roughly 3.5-acre parcel of the former hospital property that became home to the original Shawano Medical Center in 1931 and was leased from the city.

Shawano Medical Center purchased additional land for expansion over the years. That portion of the property is now owned by ThedaCare.

Clintonville mayor vetoes wage increase

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 2:35am
Bresette cites pending study as reasonBy: 

Grace Kirchner Leader Correspondent

A special meeting of the Clintonville Common Council has been called for 5:30 p.m. Thursday to deal with a veto by Mayor Lois Bressette

At a meeting Nov. 14, the council met in closed session to discuss the wages for water/wastewater manager Dave Tichinel. The council voted 5-3 to raise his wages up to $35 per hour. Tichinel is on salary and is not eligible for overtime/compensatory time.

Bressette cast a veto on that council decision. In a letter to Mary Metoxen, deputy clerk-treasurer, Bressette wrote that the council has committed to engage in a performance-based compensation study. City Administrator Sharon Eveland had been directed by the council to secure an outside consultant for a compensation study.

Bressette wrote that she feels the wage increase is not fair to all city employees. Tichinel will receive a 12 percent wage increase or a raise of nearly $8,000, while all other employee increases are 2.5 percent for electric utility staff and 1.5 percent for other employees.

Bressette wrote that she strongly supports wage increases, but they should be fair.

“Considering the Common Council has made a commitment and taken action to direct the city administrator to secure an outside consultant to oversee a compensation study, I feel it is in the best interest of the city to wait for the results of the compensation study before agreeing to increase one employee’s salary by 12 percent or a raise of nearly $8,000.”

Wisconsin law grants the mayor veto power on almost all acts of the council. To veto an action, the mayor must submit the request in writing to the clerk within five days of the original vote. In order to overturn the mayor’s veto, the council will need to have a two-thirds vote.

This is the first time that Bressette has used her veto power.

Public Record

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 2:34am

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 28

Police logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — Police responded to a vandalism complaint at Main and Randall streets.

Disturbance — A 15-year-old Shawano male was referred to juvenile court for disorderly conduct after police responded to a disturbance in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of South Lincoln Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of West Third Street.

Shoplifting — A 47-year-old woman was cited for shoplifting at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Shoplifting — Goodwill Industries, 300 Lakeland Road, reported a shoplifting incident.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of West Richmond Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a report of a fight in progress at Richmond and Franklin streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 28

Deputies logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Disorderly conduct charges were referred against a 46-year-old Bonduel man and a 22-year-old Bonduel man after a domestic disturbance on Hillcrest Road in the town of Hartland.

Theft — Authorities responded to a property theft complaint on U.S. Highway 45 in Birnamwood.

Burglary — A burglary was reported on Azalea Drive in the town of Wescott.

Theft — A TV was reported stolen on Old Lake Lane in the town of Wescott.

Drug Offense — A 63-year-old Pulaski man was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after authorities checked on a suspicious person complaint at Moeller Park on County Road X in the town of Lessor.

Clintonville Police Department

Nov. 28

Police logged 11 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A theft was reported on West Street.

Disturbance — A domestic disturbance was reported on North 12th Street.

Warrant — Police responding to a suspicious situation on Third Street subsequently took a 33-year-old man into custody on a Department of Corrections warrant.

Shawano County joins legal fight against drug companies

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 3:12am
Suit maintains companies liable for opioid crisisBy: 

Tim Ryan [email protected]

Shawano is one of 28 Wisconsin counties so far that have filed lawsuits in federal court against several pharmaceutical drug-makers and physicians for their role in causing a national epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths.

Cities and counties in more than two dozen states have already filed similar suits, and other Wisconsin counties, including Brown, are considering joining the effort.

“County governments and the services they provide their citizens have been strained to the breaking point by this public health crisis,” the suit alleges. “Wisconsin and Shawano County are in the midst of this crisis.”

According to statistics included in the lawsuit, there were 31 hospital encounters involving opioid poisoning in Shawano County between 2012 and 2014. In 2016, there were 151 hospital encounters related to opioids in the county.

Between 2013 and 2015, at least two people died from opiate overdoses in Shawano County.

Also, according to the suit, between 2013 and 2015 in Shawano County, there were 52 ambulance runs where Naxolene was administered due to an opioid overdose, and between 2012 and 2014, there were 11 babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome.

The lawsuits seek compensation for millions of dollars in costs of social services, law enforcement and emergency care in responding to the opioids epidemic in each of the counties.

The suits maintain that drug companies created a public nuisance through a deceptive marketing campaign that misrepresented the safety of long-term opioid use and downplayed their addictive risk. As a result, the crisis has financially strained the services Shawano County provides its residents and employees.

“Human services, social services, court services, law enforcement services, the office of the coroner/medical examiner and health services, including hospital, emergency and ambulatory services, have all been severely impacted by the crisis,” the suit states.

“Defendants’ conduct also caused the county to incur substantial economic, administrative and social costs relating to opioid addiction and abuse, including criminal justice costs, victimization costs, child protective services costs, lost productivity costs, and education and prevention program costs among others,” according to the suit.

Three law firms, led by Crueger Dickinson LLC, of Whitefish Bay, are bringing the suits on Shawano County’s and other entities’ behalf. The firms worked with the Wisconsin Counties Association prior to bringing their proposal to the county.

The suit is being handled at no cost to the county, but the law firms would retain 25 percent of whatever is recovered if the suit succeeds, according to an agreement letter approved by the Shawano County Board.

Public Record

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 3:11am

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 27

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A wallet was reported stolen in the 1100 block of South Evergreen Street.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident involving a semi and a vehicle in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of East Center Street.

Drug Offense — A 20-year-old man was arrested for possession at Main and Randall streets.

Nov. 26

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 300 block of South Lafayette Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the Brickstone Inn, 622 E. Green Bay St.

Theft — A phone was reported stolen in the 1000 block of South Cleveland Street.

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

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 300 block of Mountain Bay Trail Drive.

Nov. 25

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Vandalism — A house was reported egged in the 200 block of Lakeland Road.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported egged in the 400 block of South Lincoln Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Nov. 24

Police logged 31 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported egged at Main and Division streets.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported egged at Main and Center streets.

Theft — An attempted theft was reported in the 500 block of South Union Street.

Theft — A bike was reported stolen in the 800 block of South Kadletz Street.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported egged in the 300 block of Lakeland Road.

Theft — A vehicle break-in was reported in the 500 block of South Union Street.

Theft — A bag was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 100 block of Maple Court.

Fraud — Police investigated a bank card fraud complaint in the 100 block of North Franklin Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 300 block of South Union Street.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 27

Authorities logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Threatening — Authorities responded to a threatening complaint on Boldig Road in the town of Morris.

Juvenile — Authorities responded to a juvenile problem on Hemlock Road in the town of Wittenberg.

Drug Offense — Stockbridge-Munsee police investigated a drug complaint on Oak Street in Gresham.

Nov. 26

Authorities logged 36 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 30-year-old Keshena man was arrested for operating while intoxicated on Old Keshena Road in the town of Wescott.

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

Warrant — A 19-year-old Shawano male was taken into custody on a warrant on Poplar Road in the town of Richmond.

Theft — A property theft complaint was reported on Alberts Lane in the town of Waukechon.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Paradise Lane in the town of Hartland.

Juvenile — Authorities investigated a juvenile alcohol complaint on Old 47 Road in the town of Lessor.

Nov. 25

Authorities logged 32 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A 38-year-old Keshena man was arrested on a warrant after authorities responded to a disturbance on Timber Lane in the town of Aniwa.

OWL — A 15-year-old male was cited for operating without a license on Oshkosh Street in Shawano.

Burglary — A burglary was reported on Tower Road in the town of Fairbanks.

Burglary — A burglary was reported on Mill Creek Court in the town of Seneca.

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint at the Ho-Chunk Casino, N7198 U.S. Highway 45, Wittenberg.

Accident — A 46-year-old Wausau woman was airlifted to an area hospital after an injury accident on County Road Q in the town of Almon. The extent of injuries was not available.

Nov. 24

Authorities logged 46 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 20-year-old Bonduel man was arrested for operating while intoxicated, as well as on charges of reckless endangerment, speeding and bail jumping on Old Lake Road in the town of Wescott.

Burglary — A burglary and a separate attempted burglary were reported on County Road R in the town of Washington.

Theft — A property theft complaint was reported on Edgewater Road in the town of Waukechon.

Theft — A property theft complaint was reported on County Road N in Bowler.

Fraud — Authorities investigated a fraud complaint on Lake Crest Lane in the town of Wescott.

OWI — A 53-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for operating while intoxicated after a minor accident on Ash Road in the town of Richmond.

Accidents — Authorities logged eight deer-related crashes.

Clintonville Police Department

Nov. 27

Police logged seven incidents, including the following:

Theft — A theft was reported on South Main Street.

Warrant — A 21-year old Clintonville man was taken into custody on a warrant.

Nov. 26

Police logged four incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance on South Main Street.

Nov. 25

Police logged eight incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 32-year-old Clintonville man was arrested for operating while intoxicated on 10th Street.

Warrant — A 42-year old Clintonville man was taken into custody on a warrant.

Goodfellows kicking off holiday drive

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 3:10am
By: 

Grace Kirchner Leader Correspondent

The Clintonville Goodfellows, a local charitable group, is collecting names and accepting applications for its 67th annual holiday drive for area individuals and families in need. This year, the board of directors has decided to extend the distribution of food, toys, etc., to include both the Clintonville and Marion school districts.

The group was founded in the early 1950s by Frank Sinkewicz, a former officer at FWD Corporation, and has for years helped to make the holidays brighter for the less fortunate — thanks, in part, to the dedication of longtime volunteers and the generosity of local donors. Aside from some funding through the local United Way, the Goodfellows’ work is supported by donations from individuals, businesses and civic groups.

Volunteers are collecting names of potential recipients through Nov. 15. Assembling of the gift boxes — which typically include toys, canned goods, mittens and caps, blankets and a gift card to Tadych’s Econo Foods in Clintonville — occurs in mid-December. Distribution will be 9-11 a.m. Dec. 14 at Memory Lanes and Banquet Hall, 250 County Road I, Clintonville.

Donations are tax deductible and can be mailed to: Clintonville Goodfellows, P.O. Box 135, Clintonville, WI 54929. For information, call 920-402-0225.

Public Record

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 1:19am

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 23

Police logged 15 incidents, including the following:

Fleeing — A 25-year-old Neopit man was arrested for operating while intoxicated, operating after revocation and eluding/fleeing an officer. Subject led officers on a short pursuit with speeds of 40 mph after an officer observed him fail to stop for a stop sign at Sawyer and Center streets. After several blocks, the subject stopped and was arrested.

OWI — A 52-year-old Shawano man was arrested for third offense operating while intoxicated and operating after revocation at Hamlin and Division streets.

Hit and Run — A 40-year-old Bowler woman was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot at Hardee’s, 1120 E. Green Bay St. The victim received minor injuries. The victim had an outstanding warrant and was arrested for the warrant and also cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. The incident is believed to be domestic related and is under investigation. The driver is known but at this time has not been located.

Vandalism — A house was reported paint-balled in the 800 block of South Main Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of Acorn Street.

Burglary — A burglary was reported at People’s Express South, 716 S. Main St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 23

Deputies logged 35 incidents, including the following:

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen on state Highway 29 in the town of Herman.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Vandalism — A mailbox was reported vandalized on County Road C in the town of Angelica.

Burglary — A burglary was reported on North Street in Bonduel.

Theft — Parts were reported stolen from a vehicle on Fourth Street in Mattoon.

Accidents — Authorities logged seven deer-related crashes.

Clintonville Police Department

Nov. 23

Police logged six incidents, including the following:

Trespass — A warning was issued for trespassing on West Madison Street.

OWI — A 27-year-old Manawa man was arrested for operating while intoxicated after a traffic stop on South Main Street.

Exit Elite promotes 1 of its own

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 1:17am

Shawn Thorne, an agent at Exit Elite Realty, was recently promoted to director of agent development for the Shawano office.

“It is an exciting time for us at Exit Elite Realty as we continue to grow our presence in the community of Shawano and the surrounding areas,” said Lori Muller, broker/owner of Exit Elite Realty. “Shawn has been a great asset to our company culture, and brings with him the excitement and passion to help not only buyers and sellers in the Shawano area, but the Realtors in our office be the very best resource for the real estate needs of everyone in the community.”

The Exit Elite Realty office has been open in Shawano almost two years at 517 E. Green Bay St.

“I’m looking forward to helping Exit Elite Realty grow and be a staple in the Shawano market for years to come. We have a lot of experience here along with the training and tools to help new agents be successful,” Thorne said. “My priorities will be customer satisfaction and agent development and success.”

Revised numbers show different story on report cards

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 4:18pm
Area school districts, save one, pass state standardsBy: 

Leader Staff

(Editor’s note: A report in the Nov. 22 edition of The Shawano Leader relied on inaccurate information released by DPI in its initial press release on Tuesday. Many school districts informed the Leader that the DPI numbers provided were from the 2015-16 school year and not the 2016-17 school year. Upon further discovery, it was determined that incorrect numbers were provided. The Leader was furnished with updated numbers Friday. We apologize for the errors and any confusion that might have been caused by them.)

Area school districts are making the grade, with the exception of one, according to corrected information by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Bonduel, Clintonville, Pulaski and Wittenberg-Birnamwood school districts all received four-star ratings out of a possible five. Shawano, Bowler, Gresham, Marion and Tigerton school districts received three-star ratings, the minimum needed to meet the requirements outlined by the state.

Only one school district, Menominee Indian, received a less-than-passing score. The district received a two-star rating.

Three individual schools received five-star ratings, indicating they are significantly performing above state standards. Bonduel Elementary School had a score of 87.3 out of 100 points. Hillcrest Elementary School in the Pulaski district scored 85.5 points, and Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School in Clintonville scored 83, the minimum score needed for a five-star rating.

A majority of schools earned three-star ratings, while schools receiving four stars were Bonduel Middle School, Clintonville Middle School, Marion Elementary School, Fairview Elementary School, Glenbrook Elementary School, Lannoye Elementary School, Sunnyside Elementary School, Birnamwood Elementary-Middle School and Wittenberg Elementary-Middle School.

Five schools received two-star ratings, including high schools in Bonduel, Bowler, Clintonville and Marion. Shawano Community Middle School also received two stars.

Only two schools received a one-star rating, which means they are failing to meet the state standards. Those schools are Keshena Primary School and Menominee Indian High School.

The Shawano School District has set a goal for all of its schools, and the district itself, to achieve four-star ratings by 2021.

“We continue to review results to celebrate the growth and achievement of our students and to determine where we need to focus and improve,” said Kelley Strike, the district’s curriculum, instruction and assessment director. “Overall, we are disappointed with our results.”

As examples, Strike pointed out the drop in math achievement in its elementary grades, as well as a need to close gender, poverty and racial gaps at the middle school. She noted that the high school saw an increase in its overall score.

Pulaski Community School District Superintendent Bec Kurzynske was very pleased that the district and five of its seven schools received four stars or more.

“I am proud of the achievement of our students and the efforts and dedication of our staff, which is reflected in the report cards as a one of many indicators of student and system success,” Kurzynske said. “The PCSD will continue to focus using assessment for learning, of learning and as learning to enhance our professional practice and student learning.”

According to the DPI, 82 percent of schools graded had three or more stars, and 95 percent of the districts had three or more stars.

The school report cards included voucher schools in the area, but all three — St. James Lutheran School in Shawano, St. Paul Lutheran School in Bonduel and St. Martin Lutheran School in Clintonville — had incomplete marks because their student counts were below the number necessary for an accurate assessment.

AT A GLANCE

School districts

Two stars: Menominee Indian (60.9)

Three stars: Shawano (64.1), Bowler (64.3), Gresham (65.4), Tigerton (65.8), Marion (68.1)

Four stars: Pulaski Community (74.4), Clintonville (74.5), Bonduel (76.8), Wittenberg-Birnamwood (77.4)

Individual schools

One star: Menominee Indian High School (43.1), Keshena Primary School (51.7)

Two stars: Clintonville High School (55.6), Bowler High School (57), Marion High School (58.2), Shawano Community Middle School (60.3), Bonduel High School (62.2)

Three stars: Hillcrest Primary School (AR — No testable grades), LEADS Charter School (AR), Gresham Elementary School (63.6), Gresham High School (64), Tigerton High School (64.3), Menominee Indian Middle School (64.4), Shawano Community High School (64.8), Olga Brener Intermediate School (65), Tigerton Elementary School (66.9), Bowler Elementary School (68.5), Pulaski Community Middle School (69.1), Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School (69.3), Pulaski High School (71.9)

Four stars: Marion Elementary School (74.7), Bonduel Middle School (75.7), Sunnyside Elementary School (75.8), Glenbrook Elementary School (75.9), Fairview Elementary School (76.2), Clintonville Middle School (77.5), Birnamwood Elementary-Middle School (79.1), Wittenberg Elementary-Middle School (80.1), Lannoye Elementary School (81.6)

Five stars: Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School (83), Hillcrest Elementary School-Pulaski (85.5), Bonduel Elementary School (87.3)

Public Record

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 12:19am

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 22

Police logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Theft — A package was reported stolen from a porch in the 300 block of South Hamlin Street.

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Fire — Police and fire fighters responded to a kitchen fire in an apartment in the 100 block of Prairie Street.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 1100 block of Waukechon Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 22

Deputies logged 53 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a domestic disturbance on U.S. Highway 45 in Tigerton.

OWI — Authorities issued a citation for operating while intoxicated on Red River Road in the town of Herman.

Warrant — A woman was arrested on a warrant on state Highway 47-55 in the town of Wescott.

Trespass — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Threatening — Stockbridge-Munsee police responded to a threatening complaint on Main Street in Gresham.

Accidents — Authorities responded to injury accidents on state Highway 29 in the village of Wittenberg and County Road Q in the town of Wittenberg, and logged six deer-related crashes.

2 treated after apartment fire

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 12:18am
By: 

Leader Staff

Two people were treated for smoke inhalation after an apartment fire in Shawano on Wednesday.

Shawano police and fire departments responded shortly before 5 p.m. to the fire at 118 Prairie Street.

When officers arrived they found smoke coming from a ground floor apartment and observed two citizens assisting the lone occupant out of the apartment that was on fire.

Officers Noah Bunt and Tyler Thornborrow helped the citizens remove the occupant outside. The officers then went back into the building and evacuated the other apartments.

The fire department found the stove on fire and quickly knocked down the fire.

A subsequent investigation determined the 68-year-old female occupant fell asleep while cooking food on the stove.

She and a 37-year-old male resident from another apartment were transported to ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano for smoke inhalation.

The Shawano Area Fire Department remained on scene for two hours.

According to Fire Chief Shawn Borlace, the fire was contained to the kitchen and caused approximately $3,000 damage.

All of the other residents were allowed to return to their apartments within an hour.

New London man facing sex crime charges

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 12:16am
Incident involves 15-year-old girlBy: 

Tim Ryan [email protected]

A New London man is facing four felony child sex crime counts after the alleged assault of a 15-year-old girl he met online last week, according to a criminal complaint filed in Shawano County Circuit Court.

Robert A. Thompson, 24, could face a maximum 40 years in prison and $100,000 fine on each count of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and two counts of sexual assault of a child.

He is also charged with a felony count of exposing his genitals to a child.

The case began with a suspicious vehicle complaint in the town of Waukechon on Monday afternoon. A male subject had also been seen getting into the vehicle and a picture of the car’s license plate had also been taken.

The reporting parties were the parents of a 15-year-old girl who subsequently told Shawano County sheriff’s deputies she had met the man through the social media app Whisper.

She told authorities communications with the man began the day before, on Sunday, and that he came to her home on Monday to have sexual intercourse with her, according to the complaint.

Thompson was ordered held on a $25,000 cash bond at a hearing Wednesday. He is scheduled for an adjourned initial appearance Dec. 4.

Backes family closes area businesses

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 12:15am
Birnamwood store opened in the 1970sBy: 

Miriam Nelson [email protected]


PHOTO BY MIRIAM NELSON Backes Food Mart closed its doors on Nov. 12.

On Nov. 9, a handwritten sign went up on the door at Backes Food Mart at 382 Main St. in Birnamwood announcing everything in the store was for sale at 50 percent off.

By Nov. 11, the sign had been updated to say 75 percent off.

On Nov. 12, the store closed.

“It is with a heavy heart that we would like our customers to know that today was our last day open,” co-owner Christine Backes said in a posting on Facebook on behalf of her husband, Dan, and son, Blake.

The family also closed its Shawano meat business.

Bernard Backes, Dan’s father, opened the Birnamwood business 40 years ago. The family began making their own sausages in the 1980s, and the business in recent years produced more than 25 different types of fresh bratwurst, including unique palate-pleasers such as Bloody Mary, Hawaiian, taco, and chicken spinach feta.

The Backeses opened another shop, Backes Brat Haus & Meat Market, at 5858 N. Lake Drive, Shawano, in May 2016. Dan and Christine had been operating the Shawano location, and Blake had been managing the Birnamwood store.

“Dan, Blake and myself would like to sincerely thank all of our loyal customers that supported us and enjoyed our brats, meats and sausage,” Christine said on Facebook. “We truly will miss it.”

Mike Sprague, Birnamwood village president, said he was surprised the store had closed so quickly.

“I’m going to miss the brats,” Sprague said.

Judi Hegewald, who recently opened Emma Kait’s Coffeehaus at 389 Main St., was a classmate of Dan Backes.

“It’s sad to see it close,” Hegewald said. “I remember when Dan’s parents opened the store and all the kids worked there.”

Dollar General opening in Jan.

Dollar General will open its store on U.S. Highway 45 in Birnamwood in January.

According to Mike Sprague, Birnamwood village president, the village did not have to provide any financial investments to bring the store to town.

“We’re pretty excited they chose Birnamwood,” Sprague said.

Public Record

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 2:18am

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 21

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — Police responded to a fraud complaint at the Farm Inn on Main, 123 N. Main St.

Theft — A computer was reported stolen in the 400 block of South Hamlin Street.

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

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 21

Deputies logged 42 incidents, including the following:

Drug Offense — A 57-year-old Merrill man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and felon in possession of a firearm at the Ho-Chunk Casino, N7198 U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Wittenberg.

OWI — A 40-year-old Shawano man was arrested for operating while intoxicated on Peach Road in the town of Richmond.

Warrant — A 27-year-old Birnamwood woman was arrested on a warrant on U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Aniwa.

Warrant — A 28-year-old Shawano man was arrested on a probation and parole warrant on County Road B in the town of Waukechon.

Warrant — A 21-year-old Wittenberg man was arrested on a warrant on Wood Avenue in Wittenberg.

Accidents — Authorities logged five deer-related crashes.

Clintonville Police Department

Nov. 21

Police logged six incidents, including the following:

Hit and Run — A hit-and-run property damage accident was reported on County Road I at South Main Street.

Disturbance — Warnings were issued after a disturbance on McKinley Avenue.

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