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17
Feb

Shawano voters to decide mayoral candidates Tuesday

Tuesday could be a seminal day in politics for the city of Shawano as voters go to the polls to decide which two candidates will compete for mayor in the April election.

Incumbent Mayor Jeanne Cronce is seeking a second two-year term against challengers Jim Oberstein, a retired businessman, and Ed Whealon, retired Shawano police chief.

The two top vote-getters in the primary will face off in the city’s general election on April 3.

The candidates gathered last Tuesday for a forum to express their views, but not all were certain about whether their message got across.

“There’s still some misunderstanding about what’s going on,” Cronce said.

That includes the seeming slow pace of progress with vacant downtown buildings being addressed by the Shawano Redevelopment Authority, which, Cronce said, is a legal process that takes time.

“We are addressing the empty buildings as best we can,” she said.

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17
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 15

Police logged 23 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Hillcrest Primary School, 1410 S. Waukechon St.

Theft — An election sign for Jeanne Cronce was reported stolen in the 200 block of South Franklin Street.

Hit and Run — Police responded to a property damage hit-and-run in the 1300 block of East Green Bay Street.

Accident — Police responded to an injury accident at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of West Third Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 15

Deputies logged 48 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 36-year-old man was taken into custody on a warrant on Old 29 Road in the town of Seneca.

Bail Jumping — A 26-year-old man was taken into custody for bail jumping on state Highway 47 in Bonduel.

Sat
17
Feb

Traffic up in Clintonville, but folks aren’t stopping

An open house was held Thursday at the Clintonville Community Center as Andrew Dane, urban planning consultant with Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. revealed Clintonville’s downtown revitalization market analysis summary.

The summary revealed Clintonville is experiencing the population loss and competitive pressures from larger communities that are typical of cities like Clintonville in Wisconsin and beyond.

The businesses here are drawing most of their customers from Clintonville, Marion, Bear Creek and Tigerton.

“You have a significant big number of traffic going through here. You need to find ways to get more of them stopping here,” said Dane.

He compared the traffic numbers similar to some streets in Appleton.

The area is experiencing a population loss, but the average age is increasing.

“But there are things we can do to change that and keep younger people here,” said City Administrator Sharon Eveland.

Sat
17
Feb

Clintonville School Board to look at superintendent evaluation

Clintonville School Board member Kris Strauman presented a draft of a superintendent evaluation process Monday.

Strauman said it was only a draft and changes could be made.

“On the first page of this superintendent evaluation process, each board member should fill out the form. We are using a rubic for all the different Wisconsin standards that a superintendent needs to meet,” said Strauman. “We need to provide written commentary feedback and recommendations for improvement or keep things the same for the superintendent, and we need to allow meeting time for us to discuss the superintendent and have the superintendent bring in artifacts, with proof of meeting some of the standards,” she added.

The superintendent will also do a self-evaluation, which he will share with the board.

Superintendent David Dyb said he would participate.

Strauman said that a superintendent evaluation should be an ongoing process with it beginning in July.

Fri
16
Feb

WOW gets Wittenberg chamber’s top honor


CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Wittenberg Area Chamber of Commerce President Travis Rose, left, presents Walls of Wittenberg representatives Lois Anderson, Elaine Knab, Elaine Diffor and Miriam Nelson with the Member of the Year award at the chamber’s annual banquet Saturday.

The Wittenberg Area Chamber of Commerce honored Walls of Wittenberg as its Member of the Year on Saturday.

WOW President Elaine Knab accepted the award at the chamber’s annual banquet.

“I’d like to thank the chamber for appreciating the many visitors WOW attracts to the area, as well as, the many events we offer to our communities,” Knab said, “but you all should give yourself a pat on the back because it is thanks to you all, our wonderful art partners, sponsors, event attendees and volunteers that make it happen.”

Walls of Wittenberg is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote Wittenberg through art. Formed in 2005 to hire professional artists to paint murals on the outside walls of local businesses, the organization has expanded its focus to include the following:

Fri
16
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 14

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A 23-year-old Shawano man was arrested for battery and disorderly conduct after a disturbance in the 300 block of East Maurer Street.

Fraud — Police investigated a telephone scam complaint in the 500 block of South Washington Street.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Accident — An 81-year-old Shawano woman struck a parked car at Richmond and Kadletz streets. It was determined the driver had a medical issue. She was transported to the emergency room at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 14

Deputies logged 42 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Deputies assisted with a disturbance on Maurer Street in Shawano.

Fri
16
Feb

Contractor selected to build evidence storage building

The Shawano County Public Safety Committee has selected a contractor for the long-awaited evidence storage building.

Silvercrest Construction of Kaukauna was chosen after submitting a bid of $693,400, the lowest among seven bids offered for the job.

Bids ranged from that amount to a high of $997,313 submitted by The Boldt Company of Appleton.

The Shawano County Board voted in June to invest up to $1 million in the 7,200-square-foot building, which will be located at 210 W. Second St. in Shawano.

There was no specific date set for construction to begin, but County Administrative Coordinator Brent Miller said the work was likely to get underway once warmer temperatures settle in and the frost thaws.

Thu
15
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 13

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — CoVantage Credit Union, 604 S. Main St., reported a counterfeit $20 bill.

Assist Fire — Police and firefighters responded to a reported smell of gas at the Shawano County Social Services, 607 E. Elizabeth St. The building was evacuated, and WE Energies was notified.

Vandalism — Police responded to a vandalism complaint in the 300 block of South Union Street.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run at Airport and Engel drives.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 800 block of South River Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 13

Deputies logged 29 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Island Lake Lane in the town of Red Springs.

Thu
15
Feb

City, county unconcerned over library parking lot issue

Well, whatever. We’ll work it out.

That would seem to be the attitude among city and county officials when it comes to a disagreement about the future of the Shawano Library parking lot — a difference of opinion that is holding up closing on an agreement for the county to purchase the library property.

The county wants to acquire the property as part of its countywide library consolidation, which went into effect at the start of the year.

The lack of a finalized agreement on the Shawano building, however, has not impacted operations under the new countywide consolidated system, which included making all library staffers employees of the county, according to the county.

The Shawano County Board last month approved the purchase agreement, which called for the county to pay the city $2 for the library and the parking lot.

Thu
15
Feb

Longtime bank director, employee honored


Photo by Carol Wagner Bob Traeger, center was recently presented with a gold watch for his dedication to State Bank-Gresham. Standing with Traeger are, from left, bank employees Karen Simpson and Andrea Quinney; Traeger’s wife, Bernadine; State Bank board chairman Sam Sousek Sr.; employee Kiley Pingel; bank president Sam Sousek II; board member David Waegli; and employees Theresa Voelz and Glenda Flauger.

Bob Traeger spent 67 years at State Bank’s Gresham branch beginning as an employee and then a director. He recently was given a gold watch for his dedication.

“From picking up Bob on the snowmobile during a massive snowstorm when I was in junior high so he could get to work, which he made on time, to my 20 years on the board with him, the one thing that never changed was his dedication and commitment for both community and customers,” said Sam Sousek II, president of State Bank with offices in Gresham and Shawano.

Traeger, 87, began work at the bank on June 6, 1950, when he was 20 years old. It was manned by just Traeger and the late Victor Sousek, father of Sam Sousek Sr., chairman of the board, and grandfather of Sam Sousek II.

“I replaced a girl who was getting married,” Traeger said.

He wanted to be a teacher and attended St. Norbert College for two years. He took the job thinking he would go back to school, but that never happened.

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