Driving to success

Photo by Carol Wagner Sean Shively, center, will join the automotive program at Milwaukee Area Technical College in the fall. He earned $12,000 in scholarships and awards with the help of his employer, Jeff Roloff, right, president of Shawano Auto Sales, and Jeremy Hodkiewicz, Shawano Community High School automotive teacher.

Everything is in alignment for Sean Shively.

The 2016 Shawano Community High School graduate will continue his education in the automotive program at Milwaukee Area Technical College in September.

He got there with help from Jeff Roloff, president of Shawano Auto Sales, and Jeremy Hodkiewicz, technical education teacher at SCHS.

“It feels pretty good,” Shively said. “I appreciate it a lot.”

Three years ago, Roloff was looking to hire a young employee and asked Hodkiewicz for some recommendations. Roloff, who serves on an advisory committee for the school’s automotive program, recognized Shively’s name from 4-H softball.

Then a sophomore, Shively started doing some detailing and cleanup work. From there, he advanced to lube technician.

Roloff and Hodkiewicz “could both see that he had talent,” Roloff said.


Clintonville conducting voter registration drive Tuesday

The city of Clintonville will participate in a voter registration drive that will be held in over 40 Wisconsin municipalities on Tuesday.

Communities in over 20 counties will have extended hours and additional staff to accommodate residents who either need to register or to update their information. Clintonville City Clerk Peggy Johnson said voters can register from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall, 50 10th St.

Voters also can register or update their information any time during regular business hours at the clerk’s office except for the day before an election.


Bonnin family opening the barn doors

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski These are some of the cows visitors will get to see on Sunday at the Bonnin Family Farm during the 33rd annual Brunch on the Farm, sponsored by the Shawano County Farm Bureau. Farm tours will be one of many activities visitors can participate in.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Cassie Bonnin, Kevin Bonnin’s daughter, checks the tube on the milking unit as she starts to milk one of the 65 dairy cows on the family farm. Milking all of the cows takes about 2 1/2 hours, according to Kevin Bonnin, and is done twice a day.

Kevin Bonnin is proud to still operate a farm that thrives on the sweat and determination of his family.

He’ll get the chance to show off the farm started by his family in 1957 when he hosts the 33rd annual Shawano County Brunch on the Farm on Sunday.

With the help of dozens of volunteers, the farm, located south of Bonduel, will serve up brunch beginning at 9 a.m. There will also be plenty of activities throughout the morning to keep folks on the farm and to show them where their food comes from.

“Folks will see that we’re a very small, family-run farm, which is not the norm so much these days,” Bonnin said.

Bonnin and his wife, Shawn, are the second generation to run the farm. They milk 65 cows. With the dry cows and young calves, the count comes to almost 130.

The Bonnins also own some miniature horses, along with some pigs and goats.


New leader takes over The Well

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Pastor Jacob Smith, shown outside The Well youth center in downtown Shawano, was planning to become a teacher when his plans changed.

The downtown Shawano youth center known as The Well is under the leadership of a new director who hopes to deepen the facility’s impact with local teenagers.

Pastor Jacob Smith has joined River Valley Church as the new youth pastor, which puts him in charge of the church’s youth center at 136 S. Main St.

He succeeds Pastor Bob Junak, who stepped aside after three years to join a new church in Minnesota.

Smith, who recently graduated from college, said he was impressed to discover that Shawano has such a large and well-developed youth center, with attendance sometimes exceeding 100 teens for events or activities.

Many youth pastors elsewhere, he said, must work in a church basement or gymnasium where it is difficult to make an impact.

“This is incredibly rare,” he said of The Well. “It was like, ‘OK, this is the place I want to be.’”


Trial date set in former detective’s civil suit

A trial date has been set in the civil suit of a former Shawano County sheriff’s detective who claims he was harassed and forced out of his job.

Wade Wudtke maintains he was targeted by Sheriff Adam Bieber and several members of the Shawano County Board over his support for then-incumbent Sheriff Randy Wright in the 2014 election.

Shawano County has denied the charges.

The suit specifically names Bieber and five county supervisors who were serving at the time on the county’s administrative and insurance committee: Jerry Erdmann, Deb Noffke, Bonnie Olson, Gene Hoppe and William Switalla.

Wudtke resigned in March 2015, about two months after Bieber took office, and took a job with the Clintonville Police Department; a job that the suit maintains involved “harder hours and a much lower rate of pay.”


Workshops focus on emergency preparedness for businesses

Several area agencies are sponsoring a workshop to help area businesses prepare for emergencies.

“Safeguard Your Business From Disaster” is a six-part series designed to provide businesses with information and tools to help them prepare for today’s threats. Attendance at all workshops is not required, but strongly encouraged.

All workshops include breakfast and are scheduled from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Shawano Four Seasons Resort, 201 Airport Road, Shawano.

Topics include the following:

- Aug. 3: “Active Shooter” — Learn from a Shawano County Sheriff’s Office deputy about steps you can take to protect your business in the event of an active shooter.

- Aug. 17: “Cyber Security” — A panel discussion by FBI cyber security specialists discussing vulnerabilities and actions you can take.


2nd arrest warrant issued in child sex assault case

An arrest warrant has been issued for a second time for a Pulaski man accused of multiple counts of sexual assault of a child.

Pedro Noriega-Avila, 33, failed to show up Monday for an initial court appearance in his case.

He is accused of multiple instances of child sex assault that authorities say took place between 2009 and 2015 in the towns of Lessor and Maple Grove. The assaults allegedly began when the girl was 11, according to the criminal complaint.

An arrest warrant was initially issued on June 10 when the criminal complaint was filed. He was later taken into custody and posted a $5,000 cash bond.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to call or text the tip line at 715-850-2677.


Survey will help determine future of Clintonville school

A survey to be distributed this fall will give Clintonville School District residents an opportunity to share what they think should be done with Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School.

A task force created by the Clintonville Board of Education recommended that residents be asked whether they prefer building a new elementary school at the Rexford-Longfellow site, 105 S. Clinton Ave., or remodeling the current school.

“The costs are a little jaw dropping. They’re close to $20 million for the cheap one,” said board member Ben Huber, who also serves on the task force.

Huber said that if a new school is built, it would be built where the Rexford-Longfellow parking lot is located now, and a parking lot would be built where the school is now.

Board member Jim Dins asked if the task force had considered building a new school at the Dellwood Early Learning Center site, 238 Harriet St., which is near Clintonville Middle School, 255 N. Main St.


Court News

Sexual assault of a child

An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for a Bonduel man charged with repeated sexual assault of a child.

Oscar R. Martinez Ordonez, 47, is accused of sexually assaulting a girl on multiple occasions between October 2014 and July 2015.

According to the criminal complaint, the assaults began in Green Bay when the girl was 11, then continued after he moved to the town of Hartland until she was 13.

Martinez Ordonez could face a maximum 40 years in prison and $100,000 fine if convicted.

Felony bail jumping

An Oshkosh man out on bond in a computer sex crime case is now facing two counts of felony bail jumping for allegedly using the internet in violation of the conditions of his bond.

John M. Mobley, 46, is accused of creating a Facebook page that came to the attention of authorities through an anonymous tip, according to the criminal complaint.


Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 22

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Arrest — A 31-year-old man was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 1100 block of Birch Hill Lane.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 1100 block of South Franklin Street.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 1200 block of South Prospect Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a 74-year-old woman in custody for shoplifting.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 22

Deputies logged 38 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A utility trailer was reported stolen on Maple Street in Birnamwood.

Burglary — An attempted burglary was reported on Grand Avenue in Wittenberg.


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