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Sat
28
Jul

Over 20 years and 2,000 sheep later


Leader Photo by Kelly Hogan Several sheep peek through the slats of a wooden fence at Five Star Lamb. The flock is composed of Hampshire and Suffolk sheep, breeds known for flavorful and tender meat.

Anyone driving on state Highway 29 between Shawano and Bonduel has most likely seen the herds of sheep out grazing in the pastures of Five Star Lamb.

Located at W5729 County Road B east of Shawano, Five Star Lamb was officially established in 2016 by five individuals, Roy Wilson, Lacey Wilson, Doug Wilson, Terri Dallas and Mike Bohm. However, the Five Star Lamb story began in 1991 with a 4-H sheep project when Roy Wilson bought his first lamb to show at the Shawano County Fair.

Roy Wilson and his father, Doug Wilson, began a partnership with Bohm five years later and purchased a few ewes to start their own flock, Corner View Club Lambs (CVCL).

“My family has always farmed, and this project just seemed to perfectly fill a gap in our community,” Doug Wilson said. “We enjoyed helping spark kids’ interest in farming and agriculture who may otherwise not have a chance to try their hand at raising an animal.”

Fri
27
Jul

Library recognizes first 1,000 books achiever

The S. Verna Fowler Academic Library/Menominee County Library recently celebrated its first young person to complete the early literacy reading program called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

Rosalene (Rose) Frangenberg and her family signed up for the program in 2016 and reached the 1,000 book mark in July. Rose is a student at Keshena Primary School. To recognize her accomplishment, the library threw Rose a special party in her honor. Rose is the daughter of Audrey and Charles Frangenberg, of Shawano.

Fri
27
Jul

Shawano Folk Music Festival releasing anthology

The release party for the Shawano Folk Music Festival’s CD anthology “40 Years, 40 Artists, 40 Songs” will be held at Glas, the Green Coffeehouse at 511 N. Main St. in Shawano, from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 1.

The CD Release Party will celebrate the CD, as well as 40 years of music under the trees. Snacks and beverages will be served, and the CD set will be available for purchase. Several of the musicians featured on the CDs will provide live entertainment.

The Shawano Folk Music Festival has been held in Shawano’s Mielke Park since 1979. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the festival has produced a two-CD boxed set of festival music. The limited edition CDs feature artists chosen from more than 450 musicians who’ve appeared at the festival.

They include local and regional musicians as well as Grammy winners and artists with national and international name recognition.

Fri
27
Jul

Shawano native employs empathy, respect for diversity


Contributed Photo “If you want peace, prepare for peace” is the school motto for the University of Peace in Costa Rica, where Heidi Milner earned her masters in Peace Education.

Heidi Milner, of Shawano, has always had a passion for multicultural social justice, and her passion has culminated in a multicultural educational book she is writing for the Boys and Girls Club.

“I have always found it important to engage with and learn from people from different walks of life and from different backgrounds,” Milner said.

Milner attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she took a course on multicultural education and development that solidified her direction in life.

She went on to earn her master’s degree in peace education at the University of Peace in Costa Rica. She said a degree in peace education can mean a lot of different things; it is both all-encompassing and interest-specific at the same time.

Milner placed a specific emphasis on human rights issues, specifically in terms of diversity, during her time at the University of Peace.

Thu
26
Jul

Embarrass plans 30th annual Fun Daze

The Embarrass Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Fun Daze celebration will feature a parade, craft and flea market, live entertainment and many other family-friendly events on its 30th anniversary on July 28.

Fun Daze will kick off with the eighth annual Fun Daze Craft and Flea Market, held next to Zimdar’s Plumbing & Heating. Any local vendors are welcome to participate, as there is no cost to display nor space limitations, said Jeannine Rush, market coordinator.

“The market offers a large variety of crafts, including anything from succulent gardens, to jewelry, to bird houses,” Rush said.

For seller space or more information, call Rush at 715-823-3655. The market will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hard Core Fitness will put on the FIRE Fun Daze Fitness Challenge at 8:30 a.m. There are separate divisions for boys, girls, men and women, and anyone over the age of 12 is welcome to participate. Participants can register at active.com.

Thu
26
Jul

North Star Casino welcomes King of the Cage

North Star Mohican Casino Resort is bringing King of the Cage mixed martial arts to its entertainment lineup.

Legendary MMA fighters will do what they do best on Feb. 23, 2019. This debut event is expected to be full of hard-hitting entertainment.

This full-contact sport includes techniques of both combat sports and martial arts.

“MMA is undoubtedly one of the most intense and riveting contact sports to watch,” said Michael Bonakdar, general manager of North Star. “We are pleased to be able to offer our audiences a well-rounded lineup.”

King of the Cage ticket information, fight card details and additional dates will be announced at a later date. People must be 21 years or older to attend.

For tickets visit https://www.northstarcasinoresort.com/entertainment.

Wed
25
Jul

Shawano County celebrating 50 years of art


Leader File Photo Angie Timm, right, of Gresham, examines stained glass articles at Rose Daul’s booth during the 2017 Shawano County Art and Craft Fair. This year’s craft fair is this Sunday.

For the 50th time Sunday, artists and craftsmen will head to Shawano and set up shop at the Mielke Arts Center to showcase and potentially sell their work at the county arts fair.

Since 1968, the Shawano County Arts and Craft Fair has featured artists and craftsmen from Shawano County and elsewhere in Wisconsin. Initially, the event geared more towards art, but an organizer says it has shifted overwhelmingly to different types of crafts in recent decades.

“A lot of the change we’ve experienced has been very basic,” Art Fair Director Cheryl Folkerts said. “In the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s we were basically showing off sculptures, paintings and stuff like this in the park. But now, it is way more on the craft side of things. This year and really in the last few years, we’ve not had as many artists.”

Wed
25
Jul

Selling the farm for the best of both worlds

We were always Methodist while living on the farm. When we sold the farm, our veterinarian encouraged us to join the new Baptist church in Shawano. We tried it and loved it, so we joined. We always felt it needed a steeple, so after a time, the opportunity came and we donated one.

When the farm sold, we had not settled on where to move to and we considered a mobile home but there was no place for my folks’ antique dresser and sewing machine. We knew my old babysitter wanted to sell their cottage on Koonz Lake, so we made an offer. They took it. With just a few improvements we loved it.

Then to complete our plan, we bought a mobile home in a “snowbird” settlement in Zolfo Springs, Florida. We moved back and forth as the weather changed. Taking advantage of Wisconsin’s beautiful summers and Florida’s milder winters was the best of both worlds.

Wed
25
Jul

Queen Bee Event taking place near Cecil

The Oconto-Marinette County Farm Service Agency will hold the second annual Queen Bee Event from 5-8:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at Windswept Acres Specialty Cut Flowers, N5502 State Highway 117, Cecil.

The event, which will include a light meal, is free and open to female landowners and farmers. The theme is “Legacy and Transition of the Land.”

Last year’s Queen Bee Event focused on pollinator habitat and soil health. The attendees learned the importance of pollinator habitat and how to identify some common pollinator plant species, indicators of soil health and available cost assistance programs through the Farm Service Agency, Pheasants Forever, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Department of Natural Resources. Participants were able to see firsthand how rainfall affects different soil types through demonstration of the Natural Resource Conservation Services’ Rainfall Simulator.

Sat
21
Jul

Out of nowhere

She came out of nowhere, booking it down a little knoll and right smack into my front bumper. The doe released body fluids all over my windshield before she rolled off right in front of my face. I don’t know if she made it or not, she righted herself and left my sight.

Stunned, I pulled over onto the side of the road. Thankfully, it happened in broad daylight. On my way to a work assignment for the day, I had to open a post office in just under 15 minutes with zero cellphone reception in the area that I had hit the big doe. I got out and assessed the damage. Everything looked intact, and I was able to continue the three-mile drive to the post office.

Once there I used the land phone to call the sheriff’s department to report the accident. The dispatcher asked me where I was when I hit the deer. (Remember my sense of direction?)

“I think it was on County Road D, I’d say about three miles out of Mattoon.”

“Going north or south?”

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