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Thu
28
May

Authorities release name of crash victim

Authorities on Wednesday released the name of the Shawano County highway employee who died Tuesday after being struck by a vehicle at a road construction site in Red Springs.

Derek T. Stempa, 30, of Shawano, was working as a flag person at the intersection of state Highway 47 and County Road G about 11:47 a.m. when he was struck by a southbound 2003 Dodge Caravan driven by Dennis M. St. John, 68, of Tigerton, the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department said.

The Shawano County Highway Department was conducting road construction at the intersection, reducing vehicle traffic to one lane.

Heather Stempa said her husband of six years was always willing to help others, which is one of the reasons he joined the National Guard at age 17 and served in Kuwait.

“He would do anything to help and was always willing to serve,” she said, recalling a time when he assisted a family at a traffic accident. “He was always the first to help.”

Thu
28
May

Shawano native serving on nuclear submarine


Contributed Photo Shawano Community High School graduate Cody Rogers is a sonar technician aboard the USS Mississippi, nuclear-powered attack submarine based at Pearl Harbor.

A 2012 Shawano Community High School graduate and Shawano native is part of a select crew, protecting and defending America aboard the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Mississippi.

Seaman Cody Rogers is a sonar technician aboard Mississippi, one of the Virginia-class submarines based at the Navy base in Pearl Harbor.

“I like working with the crew. We all come together to make the sub work. We’re like a family of nerds,” Rogers said.

Mississippi, commissioned in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in 2012, is longer than a football field at 377 feet and can sail under the waves at more than 30 mph.

Mississippi, like all attack submarines in the Navy’s fleet, can carry out an array of missions on the world’s oceans.

Thu
28
May

Clintonville residents to discuss co-op grocery

A public meeting will be held at 2 p.m. June 6 at Clintonville City Hall to discuss the feasibility of a cooperative grocery store opening in the city.

Lynn Walter, an organizer of the New Leaf Market in Green Bay will share her experiences in forming the store. The market has more than 800 members.

Clintonville Alderwoman Mary-Beth Kuester said she arranged the meeting in response to residents’ requests for a second grocery store in Clintonville.

“This may or may not be the answer to the needs of our citizens, but we want to explore all opportunities,” she said.

A cooperative store operates as a not-for-profit organization, like a credit union, with a membership rather than owners or shareholders.

City Hall is at 50 10th St.

Thu
28
May

Veterans not fazed by a little rain

The rain kept falling throughout the morning, but organizers of Clintonville’s Memorial Day program decided to hold the ceremonies as planned.

The parade traveled from the Veterans Memorial Circle, where a wreath was placed in honor of veterans, to Graceland Cemetery, where the program continued.

“We’ve marched in the rain before,” veteran Jim Dins said.

The Clintonville High School marching band, however, rode a bus to the cemetery entrance.

Keynote speaker retired Col. Richard Kucksdorf said that the weather perhaps kept attendance down a little, estimating 7 percent of the city’s residents were there. He wondered where the other 93 percent were.

“For some, Memorial Day is a day to open the cottage, a day off from work and school; they take the day for granted,” he said.

President Lincoln said that any country that does not honor its veterans won’t last, Kucksdorf said in his presentation.

Thu
28
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 26

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Police investigated a property theft in the 100 block of River Heights

Theft — Police investigated theft of money in the 1400 block of Birch Hill Lane.

Shoplifting — Police investigated a woman for shoplifting at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle accident in the intersection of East Green Bay Street and Green Bay Court.

Warrant — Police attempted to a serve a warrant to a 41-year-old man for failing to appear on substantial battery, disorderly conduct charges.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle accident in the 100 block of North Main Street.

Accident — Police investigated a two-vehicle personal injury accident on South Main and East Stevens street.

Tue
26
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 25

Police logged 34 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 300 block of West Green Bay Street.

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

Vandalism — Bathroom walls were reported vandalized at People’s Express South, 716 S. Main St.

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Warrant — A 41-year-old Shawano man was taken into custody on a warrant after police responded to a disturbance in the 500 block of South Sawyer Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 300 block of East Maurer Street.

Warrant — A 26-year-old woman was taken into custody on a warrant in the 500 block of East Fifth Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 900 block of South Sawyer Street.

Tue
26
May

County employee dies in accident

A Shawano County highway employee died Tuesday after being struck by a vehicle at a road construction site in Red Springs.

Authorities had not yet released the name of the 31-year-old Shawano man late Tuesday afternoon, pending notification of the family.

According to the sheriff’s department, the employee was working as a flag person at the intersection of state Highway 47 and County Road G about 11:47 a.m. when he was struck by a southbound 2003 Dodge Caravan driven by a 68-year-old Tigerton man.

The Shawano County Highway Department was conducting road construction at the intersection, reducing vehicle traffic to one lane.

Shawano County Administrative Coordinator Brent Miller confirmed the death, but said details were still under investigation. He said the county would have a formal statement in the coming days.

Tue
26
May

Rain moves Memorial Day ceremony indoors


Leader Photo by Tim Ryan Shawano School District Superintendent Gary Cumberland, left, addresses at the crowd at Monday’s Memorial Day program at Shawano Community Middle School.

Leader Photo by Tim Ryan The Color Guard presents the flag during the opening ceremonies of the Memorial Day program Monday at Shawano Community Middle School.

Rain might have shoehorned Shawano’s Memorial Day observance into a crowded gymnasium at the middle school Monday, but the pride, passion and emotional fervor of the occasion were impossible to contain.

“Today, across this great nation of ours in countless places, we celebrate Memorial Day,” said County Supervisor Jerry Erdmann, a veteran of the Vietnam War. “Memorial Day may only be celebrated once throughout the year, but it is a day that most of us celebrate 365 days a year.”

Erdmann said those who served remember those who didn’t make it back.

“We made it back to spread the word that no one forget the ultimate sacrifices of so many women and so many men; not only the lives of the people who have served been affected, but also the lives of families and relatives,” Erdmann said.

Erdmann said he and those who did serve were proud of having answered the call.

Tue
26
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 24

Police logged 18 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious vehicle complaint in the 800 block of East Center Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 900 block of South Cleveland Street.

Suspicious — Police responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 1000 block of South Bartlett Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 400 block of South Main Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 400 block of North Franklin Street.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Green Bay and Main streets.

May 23

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 31-year-old woman was arrested for operating while intoxicated in the 100 block of South Main Street.

Sun
24
May

Equine lovers invade Gresham for annual ride


Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Autumn Thyssen, 19, of Shawano, encourages her 5-year-old mare, Mia Koda, to take a bath at Upper Red Lake during the Gresham Lions Club’s sixth annual trail ride Saturday.

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Jacklyn Estreen, 14, of Seymour, races around brush in the North Star Horse Challenge during the Gresham Lions Club's sixth annual trail ride Saturday near Upper Red Lake.

Nearly 300 horse enthusiasts from across the region converged at the sixth annual Gresham Lions Club Trail Ride over the weekend.

The event was sponsored by the Gresham Lions Club. North Star Mohican Resort contributed an overnight stay at the resort for the winner of the North Star Horse Challenge.

The club has raised about $5,000 annually at the event on Upper Red Lake Road in the town of Red Springs, with proceeds used to support several area organizations and charitable efforts, including the Lions Camp in Rosholt for disabled children, local FFA chapters and scholarships for area high school students, .

“The Lions Club is about serving others, and we need to have our fundraisers," trail ride chairman Tom Mehlberg said. "This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. The other one is our winter carnival held in January.”

Mehlberg said the club booked 100 camping units this year, compared to 70 last year.

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