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Dollars for Scholars giving record amount of aid


Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Shawano Community High School senior Threse VanDyck performs a solo as the school’s jazz band entertains the audience at the Dollars for Scholars gala Friday at The Gathering.

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Dollars for Scholars President Michael Sleeper addresses more than 200 people at the organization’s annual gala Friday at The Gathering.

Shawano Dollars for Scholars will provide a record $450,000 in scholarships to area students this year, the organization announced Friday at its annual gala at The Gathering in Shawano.

Nearly 100 Shawano Community High School seniors will be among the scholarship recipients.

Of the $450,000, $240,000 will be earmarked for graduating seniors at SCHS headed to college or technical schools, with the average scholarship totaling $2,000. All seniors who complete the process receive at least $1,000.

Dollars for Scholars, which selected “Mission Possible” as the theme for this year’s gala, distributed $435,000 in scholarships a year ago.

“Dollars for Scholars has always been outstanding,” said Michael Sleeper, the organization’s president. “As of this year, we have surpassed $2 million in scholarships. That is Mission Possible.”

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Twig’s history a bit fizzy


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Luke Hartwig prepares sodas Thursday for the tasting area of the new Twig’s museum and gift shop at 920 S. Franklin St., behind the bottling plant, in Shawano. Hartwig is a third-generation bottler, carrying on a tradition started in 1951 by his grandfather, Floyd “Twig” Hartwig.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski A small theater, featuring a robot serving Sun Drop, is part of the tour of the new museum, and patrons will have the chance to learn the history of bottled soda.

Most museums frown on visitors enjoying beverages while viewing exhibits, but Twig’s Beverage officials don’t mind. In fact, they encourage it.

Twig’s will officially open its museum and gift shop to the public May 1, although some groups have gotten a sneak peek at the tribute to the history of soda pop in Shawano. The Shawano County Historical Society and We Are People visited the facility this week, and a number of elementary school classes have visited on field trips.

Visitors will be able to enjoy samples of Sun Drop and an array of new flavored sodas that Twig’s has come out with recently in a tasting area created to look like a 1950s style diner. The area includes two stained glass windows depicting scenes of preparing and distributing Sun Drop in northeast Wisconsin.

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Assault leads to 4-year prison term

A Neopit man who attacked his girlfriend with a hammer last fall was sentenced this week in federal court to four years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Scott A. Rettler, 45, pleaded guilty in January to an assault that caused substantial bodily injury in an Oct. 14 attack on a woman he was dating, according to court records. He has been in custody since Nov. 19.

The woman, identified in documents only as E.W., told Menominee Tribal Police that she was lying on a bed at Rettler’s Knot Landing Drive residence when he hit her on the lower back with something that caused her extreme pain, later identified as a hammer. E.W. said Rettler terrorized her for about 30 minutes, yelling at her, kicking her, smashing her phone and throwing the pieces at her, smashing a hole in a door with the hammer and punching a hole in a wall with his fist.

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Apr

Bonduel fills vacant trustee position

The Bonduel Village Board on Thursday approved the new village president’s appointment of Luka Zischka to fill a vacant trustee seat.

Zischka teaches social studies and is an assistant girls basketball coach at Bonduel High School. He graduated from St. Norbert College in 2011.

Zischka will take the seat vacated by Sharon Wussow, who was elected president in the spring election. He will fill out the remaining year of her two-year term.

The Village Board unanimously approved Wussow’s appointment of Zischka after hearing comments from him and two others who were interested in the post.

The others were Adam Wussow and past village president Grant Staszak, who ran against Sharon Wussow in the April election.

Wussow defeated Staszak by a vote of 146-117.

Outgoing president Melvin Wendland finished third in the February primary.

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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 23

Police logged 41 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Lafayette and Second streets.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Olga Brener Intermediate School, 1300 S. Union St.

Truancy — Police logged nine truancy complaints from the Shawano School District.

Theft — Lumber was reported stolen from a yard in the 100 block of West Lieg Avenue.

OAR — A 53-year-old man was cited for operating after revocation at Washington and Division streets.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle.

Theft — Police investigated an attempted theft at Shawano Medical Center, 309 N. Bartlett St.

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Apr

Walking a mile in the shoes of poverty


Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Muffy Culhane, board member of SAM25, attempts to take out a loan from Robert Little, of Gresham, during a poverty simulation exercise Thursday at the Shawano Lake County Park pavilion.

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Cari Schindel, of Gillett, and Dr. Sagar Shah, of Madison, review their family information packet for the poverty simulation Thursday at the Shawano Lake County Park pavilion.

More than 40 area residents walked a mile in the shoes of people living in poverty at a simulation Thursday at the Shawano Lake County Park pavilion.

The event was sponsored by Shawano Area Matthew 25, ThedaCare, Thrivent Financial and the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

Nancy Schultz, family living educator at the UW-Extension, was pleased with the turnout.

“I was hoping to have 30 to 40 people attend, and we surpassed that,” Schultz said.

The simulation was designed to sensitize participants to the issue and to expose them to the day-to-day challenges faced by low-income families in Shawano County and elsewhere.

According to the United States Census, 11.5 percent of Shawano County resident live below the poverty line.

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Apr

Shawano residents get taste of Coffee with a Cop


Contributed Photo Shawano police visit with customers Wednesday at McDonald’s during Coffee with a Cop. The Police Department is planning two or three such informal gatherings annually.

Shawano police mingled with McDonald’s patrons during the inaugural Coffee with a Cop event Wednesday morning.

The coffee klatch brought police and community members together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.

“It takes down the walls, the fear of the police that some people have because the public’s most frequent contact with us is a traffic stop or a police call,” Police Chief Mark Kohl said.

A number of customers stopped in to chat with the officers, including some who initially came through the drive-through, then decided to park and stop in, Kohl said.

Four of the visitors were recent graduates of the department’s Citizen Police Academy.

Many of the regular customers, including a group of retirees who breakfast at McDonald’s daily, also spent some time with the officers.

“They were very receptive, very appreciative,” Kohl said.

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Apr

Clintonville board addresses busing issues

The Clintonville School District has been violating state Department of Public Instruction busing rules since the beginning of the school year.

The School Board learned earlier this month night that a DPI audit found two busing issues to address.

The district has been wrongly receiving aid for transporting 4-year-old kindergarten students on a bus with special education students. The practice will be discontinued beginning with the next school year.

If special education students’ individual education plans recommend they need transportation, it will be provided by the district, business manager Lynette Edwards said.

The district also has been transporting several 3-year-olds to parochial schools since the beginning of the school year. The district can do that but will receive no state transportation aid for them. The board voted to end the practice at the end of this school year.

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Nueske’s names new CEO

The granddaughter of the founder of Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats is the company’s new CEO.

The company announced this week that Tanya Nueske will become the third generation to lead the the family-owned smokehouse, which is based in Wittenberg.

She is the granddaughter of the company’s founder, R.C. Nueske, who began selling smoked bacon, ham, sausage and turkey in 1933, and the daughter of the past president, Bob Nueske. Bob Nueske passed away in January.

Nueske’s also announced Glenn Gazzolo as the company’s new president. He will also retain the title of chief operating officer, which he has held for six years.

The company also named Don Bergman as director of sales and marketing. He was previously vice president of sales at Buckhead Beef.

Bergman will oversee national foodservice and retail sales and marketing for Nueske’s.

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Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 22

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 46-year-old man was cited for operating after evocation at Union and Maurer streets.

Arrest — A 22-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 1000 block of South Franklin Street.

Truancy — Police logged four truancy complaints from Hillcrest Primary School, 1410 Waukechon St.

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

Fraud — Police investigated a fraud complaint in the 600 block of South Maiden Lane.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 22

Deputies logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Authorities investigated a theft complaint on State Road in Birnamwood.

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