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Federal agency mum on water level permit


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Gary DeFere, president of Shawano Area Waterways Management, shows the change in water levels at his Bischoff Bay Lane home on Shawano Lake’s south shore. The top of the white line, where his right foot rests, shows a typical water level, DeFere said. He said his pontoon boat, docked at his pier, is now essentially resting on the sand. He said shoreline property owners would like to see lake levels restored to historic levels.

Two state fishing clubs have effectively delayed for weeks even a temporary resolution to the water level issues in Shawano Lake, the channel linking the lake with the Wolf River and the river pool above Shawano dam.

The comments are in response to an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) from dam operators on maintenance of water levels above the dam.

The required comment period on the water level application ended June 7. If approved, the permit would extend the current water level compromise covering the local waterways for at least one more year for dam operators Eagle Creek Renewable Energy (ECRE) but FERC has been mum to this point on its decision.

The compromise provides water levels acceptable for recreational boating after the ice is off the river and for fish reproduction during the spring.

Mon
24
Jun

SCEPI addresses housing concerns

Though housing is not a primary concern of Shawano County Economic Progress, Inc., SCEPI’s board held a discussion Monday of housing concerns facing the county and its impact on economic development.

“One of the key elements of economic expansion is the availability of housing,” said local Realtor Terry Hilgenberg. “Those areas that have affordable housing will attract more workers.”

Hilgenberg said the Shawano area continues to have a substantial problem in that area.

“We haven’t recovered from the great recession,” Hilgenberg said. “We’ve lost a lot of our workers.”

Hilgenberg argued that regulations and permit costs were holding development back.

He said that SCEPI has little to do with that, but said the organization can lobby local governments to contain those costs.

Mon
24
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 23

Police logged 18 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 34-year-old Shawano man who fled from an accident on Poplar Road in the town of Richmond was arrested by Shawano police on a warrant in the 900 block of South Lutz Street.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint in the 100 block of Acorn Street.

Disturbances — A 29-year-old Shawano man was arrested for disorderly conduct/domestic after a domestic disturbance in the 500 block of West Richmond Street. Police also responded to a disturbance at Andrews Street and Kleeman Court.

June 22

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Sat
22
Jun

SAWM, Boaters wait on FERC water level permit

Gary Defere, president of Shawano Area Waterways Management (SAWM), and other boaters on Shawano Lake are waiting for action on water levels from the Federal Energy Resources Commission (FERC).

Defere said, “We’ve heard nothing - not positive, not negative” from the agency since the comment period on a permit application ended on June 7. The permit, if approved, would extend he current water level compromise covering Shawano Lake, the Channel between the lake and the Wolf River and the river above Shawano Dam near the Shawano paper mill for at least one more year.

Comments registered on the permit application means a delay of at least six more weeks, according to Defere.

Fri
21
Jun

Tax rate hike for new rec center could be 57 cents


AT A GLANCE The city of Shawano and Shawano School District have more than a dozen community presentations on the new recreation center planned. They include the following: • 7 p.m. July 8 at Belle Plaine Town Hall, N3002 State Highway 22, Clintonville. • Noon July 9 at Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, 1263 S. Main St., Shawano. • 3:30 p.m. July 10 at Shawano Business Improvement District meeting at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St., Shawano. • 4 p.m. July 11 at Wescott Town Board meeting at Wescott Town Office, N5794 Old Keshena Road, Shawano. • 5:30-7 p.m. July 11 at Shawano Community High School library, 220 County Road B, Shawano. • 6-7:30 p.m. July 15 at Wescott Town Office, N5794 Old Keshena Road, Shawano. • 7:45 a.m. July 16 at Shawano Downtown Business Association meeting at The Daily Grind, 130 S. Main St., Shawano. • 6-8 p.m. July 23 at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St., Shawano. • 6-8 p.m. Aug. 6 at City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St., Shawano. • 6-8 p.m. Aug. 7 at Richmond Town Hall, N5170 County Road MM, Shawano. • Noon Aug. 13 at Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, 1263 S. Main St., Shawano.

Tax rates for the Shawano School District could go up 57 cents for every $1,000 of equalized valuation if a proposed new recreation center comes to pass.

Jeff Easter, the district’s facilities director, announced at a community meeting Thursday at Shawano Community High School that, to build a new center at the school that could cost up to $28 million, property owners would see $57 hikes on a piece of land worth $100,000. However, that extra money would mean a new facility about 103,000 square feet in size that would include an indoor walking track and multi-use facility, fitness area, gymnasium, pool and more.

Fri
21
Jun

Farmers get relief from crop insurance rules


Leader photo by Greg Mellis Deer are far down on the list of worries for many farmers as a late start has forced some tough planting decisions. Some relief is now available through the Risk Management Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Farmers’ eyes are turned toward Washington as well as the skies as they continue to struggle with long-delayed planting, feed shortages and rising forage prices.

Some relief came Thursday when the Risk Management Agency (RMA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) adjusted the 2019 final haying and grazing date from Nov. 1 to Sept. 1 to help farmers who were prevented from planting because of flooding and excess rainfall this spring.

“We recognize farmers were greatly impacted by some of the unprecedented flooding and excessive rain this spring, and we made this one-year adjustment to help farmers with the tough decisions they are facing this year,” said Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey in a press release. “This change will make good stewardship of the land easier to accomplish while also providing an opportunity to ensure quality forage is available for livestock this fall.”

Fri
21
Jun

Public Record

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 19

Deputies logged 40 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Harassment was reported on Nauman Road in the town of Green Valley and on Beach Boulevard in the town of Wescott.

Theft — Medication was reported stolen on Lemke Street in Cecil. Property thefts were also reported on County Road A and Schabow Street in Gresham.

OAR — A 55-year-old Gillett man was cited for operating after revocation and taken into custody on a warrant on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Fraud — A counterfeit bill was reported on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint on State Road in the village of Birnamwood.

Shawano Police Department

June 19

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Fri
21
Jun

Postcards being sent to inactive voters

The state of Wisconsin is mailing postcards this week to approximately 114,000 registered voters who have not voted in the past four years.

“The postcards are titled Official Voter Registration Notice,” said Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin’s chief election official. “State law requires inactive voters to be removed from the statewide voter list if they do not request continuing their registration, which is just one of many steps we take to ensure the integrity of voting in Wisconsin.”

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is sending the postcards to voters who have not voted since the November 2014 general election. Between that election and the 2018 general election, there have been 11 statewide elections and primaries. The postcard asks recipients whether they want to remain a registered voter at that address.

Thu
20
Jun

Marion man convicted of strangulation, battery in attack on deputy


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Chad R. Kohel, right, consults with attorney Jeff Haase after verdicts are handed down in Shawano County Circuit Court Wednesday. Kohel was found guilty of strangulation and battery to a law enforcement officer. He was found not guilty of attempted homicide and criminal escape.

A Marion man was found not guilty of attempted homicide Wednesday for his attack on a Shawano County sheriff’s deputy last year, but jurors convicted him on two other felony counts of strangulation and battery to a law enforcement officer.

Chad R. Kohel, 45, was accused of strangling the deputy after a drunken driving arrest on July 27. He faced a fourth felony count of criminal escape, but the jury also found him not guilty on that charge.

The two-day jury trial in the Shawano County Circuit Court boiled down to opposing interpretations of video taken from the deputy’s body camera and surveillance footage from outside ThedaCare Medical Center where Kohel was taken for a blood test after his drunken driving arrest.

The state and Kohel’s defense offered differing views on what the video showed. Much of Wednesday’s testimony was spent playing and replaying key moments from those videos.

Thu
20
Jun

Suspect in 1976 murders bound over for trial


Leader photo by Warren Bluhm Raymand Vannieuwenhoven, who is hard of hearing, listens to testimony via portable headphones during the June 19 preliminary hearing into charges the Lakewood man killed David Schuldes and Ellen Matheys at a Marinette County park in 1976. He is seated next to defense co-counsel Travis Crowell.

The Lakewood man accused of murdering a couple in Marinette County 43 years ago has been bound over for trial following a preliminary hearing Wednesday, June 19.

Raymand Vannieuwenhoven, 82, was arrested in March and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of David Schuldes, 25, and Ellen Matheys, 24, who were shot to death July 9, 1976, at the McClintock Park campground in the town of Silver Cliff.

Matheys was also sexually assaulted, and Vannieuwenhoven originally was also charged with first-degree sexual assault, but the count was dismissed after the defense noted that the statute of limitations for that crime expired in 1982.

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