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Racetrack fan becomes new owner


Contributed Photo An aerial view shows the twisting racetrack at US Air Motorsports Raceway, a 40-acre complex with a racing season that continues until October.

Contributed Photo Racers navigate the 32-foot-wide track at US Air Motorsports Raceway, a Shawano County attraction that opened in 2004.

Shawano County’s renowned US Air Motorsports Raceway is under new ownership midway through its 2016 season of outdoor go-kart races and other events.

Robert Holzmann, a lifelong motorsports fan, has purchased the town of Wescott attraction with an eye on renovations and improvements to a facility he calls “a hidden gem.”

Shawano County real estate records put the sale price at $285,000.

Holzmann, who lives in Fond du Lac County, is part of the family that owns Johnson School Bus Service Inc., which serves the Shawano School District. He works as head of maintenance for the company, and his wife, Judy Holzmann, is vice president.

Holzmann said he has been a fan of the US Air Motorsports facility, and he recently decided with family members to make the investment of becoming owner.

“I just have a passion for motorsports,” he said.

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SACF: 25 years of helping


Contributed Photo Farmer Greg Riesenberg, left, gets his cholesterol checked by Dawn Dingeldein, a staff member of Rural Health Initiative, a group supported by the Shawano Area Community Foundation.

Editor’s note: This is last in a monthly series of articles celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Shawano Area Community Foundation.

The history of the Shawano Area Community Foundation is the history of a community reaching out with a helping hand for those in need.

Whether it is farmers lacking health care, students needing assistance or battered women seeking shelter, the community foundation has been there with the financial resources to answer the call.

Celebrating its 25-year anniversary, the community foundation has grown from initial donations totaling $100,000 when it was created to an endowment valued at about $5 million supporting a broad-based charitable network.

“They’ve been great partners,” said Rhonda Strebel, executive director of Rural Health Initiative, one of many groups that the foundation has supported.

“They’ve never turned us down,” added Stacey Cicero, executive director of the Safe Haven domestic violence shelter.

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Property owner in proposed RDA district looking to sell to city

The owner of a residential property located within the Shawano Redevelopment Authority’s proposed blight elimination district wants to know whether the city is interested in acquiring the property.

The Shawano Plan Commission on Wednesday will discuss what if any action should be taken regarding the property at 228 S. Washington St.

City Administrator Brian Knapp said the property owner, Shannon Heling, contacted the city after learning it was included within the proposed RDA district and asked what the city was expecting in terms of improvements to the property.

The property was determined to be blighted due to the need for exterior updates, including peeling paint and a deteriorating facade.

Knapp said Heling then asked whether the city would have any interest in purchasing it, given that it is located next to a city parking lot and just across the street from Franklin Park, where the farmers market operates.

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Court News

Child abuse

A Shawano man is facing a felony charge of physical abuse of a child after a fight with a 15-year-old at the Skateboard Park in Shawano on Thursday.

Joshua F. Gartner, 33, was ordered held on a $5,000 cash bond at his initial court appearance Friday and is scheduled for an adjourned initial appearance Monday.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to a fight in progress at the park, 107 E. Elizabeth St., just after 8 p.m. and were informed a 15-year-old boy was in a fight with an adult who fled the scene on foot.

Gartner was arrested a short time later on Lieg Avenue.

The 15-year-old had scratches on his neck and arms and complained of a sore wrist, but declined medical attention.

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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 28

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 900 block of South Sawyer Street.

Shoplifting — Kwik Trip, 1241 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident after a surveillance camera showed a man shoving a six-pack of beer down his pants.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 700 block of South Union Street.

Fraud — Police investigated an internet fraud complaint in the 300 block of North Lafayette Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 700 block of South Union Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 100 block of Aspen Court.

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Family wasn’t horsing around when it came to pets

Throughout our marriage, we have always had pets. When we were first married, my hubby had a horse. There are those who do not think a horse is a pet; to them, a horse is considered livestock. Others have defined a horse as a companion animal. To my husband, his horse was his friend, his pet.

Her name was Maggie. She was a beautiful Morgan horse. As years went by, two Arabians, Ruby and Cain, and a quarter horse named Sam joined Maggie. We have a little barn and wooded area in the town of Wescott. I enjoyed going there with my hubby and watching him with the horses. He would call them by name, and they would come running from the woods at top speed.

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New club for kids set to launch


Leader Photo by Scott Williams Gathered inside Luigi’s Pizza & Pasta in downtown Shawano, supporters of the Boys & Girls Club of Shawano gather Thursday for the club’s kickoff event.

Leader Photo by Scott Williams More than 30 people turned out for Thursday’s kickoff event at Luigi’s Pizza & Pasta for the newly formed Boys & Girls Club of Shawano, which starts offering services in January.

Supporters of the new Boys & Girls Club of Shawano kicked off their founders campaign Thursday to launch the group offering after-school services for local kids.

More than 30 people gathered in downtown Shawano to learn about the new club and the fundraising needed to make it a success.

Among those in attendance were Shawano School District Superintendent Gary Cumberland, Shawano County 4-H coordinator Joe Stellato and Leadership Shawano County program manager Wendy Crawford.

Officials from the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay also were on hand to explain their organization’s role in creating the Shawano club as a charter group.

The event was held at Luigi’s Pizza & Pasta, 607 S. Main St.

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RDA consultant plans council presentation

City officials will get a presentation at their Common Council meeting next month from the consultant working with the Shawano Redevelopment Authority explaining how the boundary was arrived at for a proposed blight elimination district.

The council rejected the proposed boundary earlier this month, after hearing concerns from property owners within the district, and sent it back to the RDA for reconsideration.

However, city officials haven’t given the RDA any guidance on what a new boundary should look like.

“We’re going back to square one,” City Administrator Brian Knapp said, in terms of explaining to the council “the intentions of the boundary and how it was arrived at.”

Knapp said the presentation, which will precede the council’s regularly monthly meeting, will be followed by discussion addressing city officials’ concerns about the boundary and getting their input on possible changes.

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Wall of Honor to recognize MISD grads

The Menominee Indian School District is about to embark on a new project to recognize Menominee Indian High School graduates who have gone on to serve in the U.S. military or graduated from college.

A three-phase Wall of Honor is going to be established in the high school cafeteria during the 2016-17 school year.

“This wall will be a visible demonstration that our high school graduates are prepared for careers and college when they leave MIHS,” District Superintendent Wendell Waukau said. “We want our current students to see how successful our graduates have been by honoring those who have gone on to serve our country in the military as well as those who have graduated from college.”

The Wall of Honor project will be developed in three phases:

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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

July 27

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 800 block of South Evergreen Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of South Sawyer Street.

Arrest — A 25-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

July 27

Deputies logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Trespass — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on Knoke Street in Gresham.

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

Burglary — A burglary was reported on Eul Court in the town of Wescott.

Harassment — Authorities responded to a harassment complaint on Smalley Street in the town of Wescott.

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