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VFW Auxiliary donation moves new memorial forward


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Shawano Mayor Jeanne Cronce, center, with Parks and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks in the background, accepts a donation from VFW Post 2723 President Candy Gipe, far right, for a new veterans memorial at Woodlawn Cemetery Friday, while auxiliary members Elaine Montour, Nancy Raeder, Barb Wetzel and Barb Parrott look on.

Attendees at next year’s Memorial Day service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano will notice some changes to the memorial circle where hundreds traditionally gather each year to honor veterans.

Actually, anyone who visits the cemetery should see the changes by the end of this year, according to Matt Hendricks, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, which oversees the cemetery as part of the city’s park system.

The department Friday accepted a $3,500 donation from the Herbert E. McLaughlin VFW Post 2723 Auxiliary in Shawano that puts the department over the top financially of what it will need for the first phase of establishing a new memorial at the cemetery.

There initially had been some discussion of putting the memorial at Franklin Park, which is undergoing renovation and fundraising for its own needs.

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24
Jun

Tribute set for Bamboo Bar founder


Contributed photo Jerry Olsen, right, shown with his wife, Marty, was a business owner who developed a deep affection for Shawano Lake and who enjoyed promoting fun on the water.

Jerry Olsen spent much of his life showing people in Shawano a good time.

As owner of the Bamboo Bar overlooking Shawano Lake from the 1970s through the ’90s, Olsen built his waterfront establishment into a popular community attraction with parties, contests and other special events.

In partnership with his wife, Marty, Olsen was founder of the Shawano Ski Sharks water-skiing group and also had a hand in starting a fireworks show that continues every Fourth of July.

“He was such a community-minded person,” former Mayor Lorna Marquardt said. “He will be missed in our community.”

Olsen, who had been battling health problems for many years, died at home Monday at age 73.

At his request, family and friends will host a celebration of his life from 1-4 p.m. July 8 at the Bamboo Bar, W5884 Cedar Court in the town of Wescott.

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24
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 22

Police logged 19 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 200 block of South Main Street.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at Smalley Street and Lieg Avenue.

Warrant — A 23-year-old man was arrested on a warrant in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 22

Deputies logged 43 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Authorities responded to a harassment complaint on U.S. Highway 45 in the town of Aniwa.

Trespass — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on Hogan Court in the town of Wescott.

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint on Front Street in Wittenberg.

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

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24
Jun

Ho-Chunk give to area organizations

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg contributed over $14,000 on June 9 to several neighboring community events.

“We are grateful to support local organizations and charities to help promote a positive impact on those in need,” said Fletcher Collins, Ho-Chunk Gaming executive manager.

One of the six donations was $5,000 for the seventh annual College of Menominee Nation’s annual benefit golf outing. The charitable proceeds go towards scholarships and other aid for students that are pursuing their higher education goals.

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg was also a gold level sponsor of the Relay for Life of Wausau with a monetary donation of $5,000. Combined efforts were made with the Relay for Life of New London as a silver level sponsor in the amount of $1,000.

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg also assisted with the tee and green hole sponsorship to the Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce at its annual Birdies and Bogeys Golf Outing, giving $2,250.

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24
Jun

Pulaski announces 2 school administrators

Pulaski Community School District announced the hiring of two new administrators this week.

Steve Linssen, current Gillett Secondary School principal, is a new associate principal at Pulaski High School. He replaces Nicole Borley, who has assumed the Pulaski Community School District’s director of Student Services position.

Linssen, an Oconto Falls native and seven-year Pulaski resident, earned his bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2002 and his master’s degree from Marian University in 2008. He has served as middle and high school principal at Gillett since 2013. He was a social studies teacher from 2002 to 2011 and associate principal from 2011 to 2013 in the Shawano School District.

When Linssen and his wife, Gina, to whom he has been married for 13 years, bought a home in Pulaski, they did so because of the school district. Now, he’s happy to work for the same district that his 4-year-old foster son will attend.

Fri
23
Jun

Tigerton woman killed in crash

A 63-year-old Tigerton woman was pronounced dead at the scene of a two-vehicle crash Wednesday evening on state Highway 29.

Geraldine Barkow was the driver of a vehicle heading westbound on Highway 29 when it collided with a northbound commercial vehicle crossing the highway on County Road U just after 8 p.m.

One other person was also injured in the crash, but details were not provided.

The driver of the commercial motor vehicle was not injured.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating the crash.

Assisting agencies included Shawano County Sheriff’s Office and Gresham Fire Department.

No further information was available Thursday.

Fri
23
Jun

TOP DOGGS


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Amber Arneson and Jeremy Weed are introducing Shawano to Chicago-style hot dogs with the new J Doggs food stand. The couple have seen steady traffic since opening for the season in May.

J Doggs is more than just a place where you can order a Chicago-style hot dog, at least for Jeremy Weed and Amber Arneson.

Arneson always wanted to own and operate a restaurant, and when she met Weed, her boyfriend, it was an opportunity to bring culinary skills and entrepreneurship together.

“I was going to do this a couple of years ago,” Arneson said. “I was going to name it Corner Doggs and bring Chicago-style dogs and other stuff to Shawano.”

The timing wasn’t right for Corner Doggs, though. After they met, Arneson told Weed about the Corner Doggs idea, and he was very interested.

“He’s just a very good cook and wished he had his own restaurant,” Arneson said. “He’s bringing in his award-winning chili, and I’m bringing in the Chicago dogs.”

Weed had not heard of Chicago-style hot dogs before meeting Arneson. Originally from Minnesota, he most recently lived in Oconto Falls, where he won a chili contest.

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23
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 21

Police logged 18 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 200 block of Humphrey Circle.

Traffic — A 49-year-old woman was cited for operating after revocation in the 1400 block of Waukechon Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 500 block of East Stevens Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a male shoplifter had fled the store.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 200 block of Teddington Lane.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 21

Deputies logged 53 incidents, including the following:

Theft — An attempted theft from a vehicle was reported on Shawano Line Road in the town of Green Valley.

Fri
23
Jun

A project for all 4-H’ers


Leader File Photo The new Junior Fair Building, shown in an artist’s rendering, will be renamed the “Huntington Family 4-H Youth Building” to honor the family’s financial support.

One of the busiest places at the Shawano County Fair is getting busier with a facelift that should be complete before the 2017 county fair.

Crews have started work on a long-awaited effort to overhaul the Junior Fair Building, which is home to 4-H Club members and their families throughout the fair.

Dale Hodkiewicz, president of the group that organizes the county fair, said patrons will see a dramatic transformation of the building during this year’s fair Aug. 30 through Sept. 4.

“We’ll have a nice new building,” he said.

The project calls for replacing the building’s aluminum exterior, along with installing a new roof, doors, interior lighting, insulation and other improvements. The chipped and peeling white exterior will give way to a new red- and green-colored facade with stone accents.

Civic leaders and county fair patrons have been talking for years about upgrading the building, also sometimes known simply as the 4-H Building.

Fri
23
Jun

One Wisconsin Now leader urges Dems to find voice


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, encourages local Democrats to speak up and get involved in the political process Wednesday at a meeting of the Shawano County Democratic Party at the Shawano Civic Center.

The executive director of a Wisconsin-based progressive advocacy group brought his voice to the Shawano County Democratic Party’s monthly meeting Wednesday to encourage local Democrats to use theirs.

“We think it’s important that people use their voices as much as they possibly can, to discuss issues facing the state, facing the county, facing the nation,” said Scot Ross of Madison-based One Wisconsin Now.

“Wisconsin faces a lot of challenges,” he said.

Ross offered tips to help reduce what he said might be the anxiety of speaking out, and offered outlets for making views known, ranging from volunteering for local political organizations or advocacy groups to calling in to radio shows or writing letters to the editor.

Ross said Republicans have been allowed to divide Wisconsin voters into those with urban versus rural interests, even though many of those interests are the same.

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