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Wed
24
May

Shawano man arrested for 2nd time in sex sting

A Shawano man who was the first to be arrested in Shawano County as part of a statewide sex crime sting operation four years ago was arrested again Friday in a similar sting operation.

Jeffery D. Vadnais-Speck, 31, holds the distinction of being both the first and the 57th person arrested in the county for allegedly using a computer to set up a sexual rendezvous with a child, according to authorities.

He had an initial appearance in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court on Tuesday and was ordered held on a $25,000 cash bond.

He faces two felony counts of child enticement, including one count that alleges he offered to either give or sell drugs to the child he planned on meeting.

Shawano County authorities have repeatedly expressed amazement over the past four years that suspects continue to respond to the sting operations in spite of the media publicity such operations have gotten.

Wed
24
May

Shawano storefronts vacant no more


Leader Photo by Scott Williams The former Crescent Pitcher Show, 220 S. Main St., now is decorated with a jumbo-sized window display promoting Shawano County’s barn quilt attractions.

Leader Photo by Scott Williams Patti Peterson, left, tourism manager for the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, works with volunteer Curt Knoke to hang temporary “window-scapes” inside a downtown storefront.

An old proverb, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” perfectly illustrates the newest effort to beautify downtown Shawano.

Where economic doldrums and misfortune have left vacant storefronts, civic leaders are transforming the empty spaces into bright testimonials about what is good in Shawano.

So instead of staring at dreary nothingness, visitors are getting a glimpse of temporary murals depicting colorful images of Shawano residents enjoying sailboats, barn quilts, bike paths and water skiing.

The jumbo-sized window displays are being organized by the Shawano Business Improvement District and the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce at the suggestion of a downtown merchant who wanted to project a more positive image of the city.

Cindy Van Belkom, owner of Anew Emporium, 103 S. Main St., said she has seen other communities where “window- scapes” have brightened up shopping districts troubled by properties that were vacant or underutilized.

Wed
24
May

AgSource Laboratories celebrating 50th anniversary

AgSource Laboratories in Bonduel will celebrate 50 years of soil testing services this year with two special events.

A June Dairy Month ice cream social will be held from 2-4 p.m. June 14, and an anniversary celebration open house will be held from 2-5 p.m. Aug. 16. Both events will be held at the laboratory at 106 N. Cecil St. Customers, friends and community members are invited.

What started as a University of Wisconsin-Extension milk lab has grown into a full-service agronomy lab, complete with nutrient management planning and GPS soil sampling services.

AgSource Laboratories became a part of AgSource (then called ARC, Agricultural Records Cooperative) in August 1967. That first year, the lab processed just 5,301 soil samples. Today, the lab can analyze that many samples in under two days.

Wed
24
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 22

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint in the 400 block of Prospect Circle.

Truancy — Police logged two truancy complaints from Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident in the 1300 block of East Green Bay Street.

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint at Hill and Franklin streets.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 22

Deputies logged 40 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 36-year-old woman was arrested on a warrant on Rollman Street in Bowler.

Tue
23
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 21

Police logged 21 incidents, including the following:

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 200 block of Hill Street.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at Richmond and Waukechon streets.

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

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

Warrant — A male subject was taken into custody on a warrant in the 500 block of East Center Street.

May 20

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 500 block of East Green Bay Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Slackers, 146 S. Main St.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 400 block of Humphrey Circle.

Sat
20
May

Ho-Chunk urge judge to reject lawsuit

The Ho-Chunk Nation is pushing back against a rival tribe’s lawsuit seeking to halt the Ho-Chunk’s plans to expand a northern Wisconsin casino, arguing in new filings that the lawsuit has little chance of success and a judge should reject it.

The Ho-Chunk filed a brief Thursday contending that the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans’ preliminary injunction demand is an extraordinary remedy to the all-too ordinary business problem of competition.

“Even if (the Stockbridge-Munsee’s) allegations are accepted at face value, they amount to nothing more than a poorly disguised attempt to protect its revenue stream by interfering with the business operations of a competitor,” the brief said.

Stockbridge-Munsee spokeswoman Megan Hakes said the tribe remains confident.

“All we are seeking is fair enforcement of gaming compacts for all tribes,” she said in an email.

Sat
20
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 18

Police logged 37 incidents, including the following:

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

Theft — Police responded to a theft complaint in the 1000 block of East Green Bay Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a lewd and lascivious behavior complaint in the 1200 block of East Green Bay Street.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident in the 1400 block of East Green Bay Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a female shoplifter in custody.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 18

Deputies logged 40 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to a suspicious person complaint on Adams Street in Bonduel.

Fri
19
May

Shawano Pick ‘n Save closing its doors


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis The Shawano Pick ‘n Save informed employees Wednesday that they will be closing no later then June 23. The store employs 65 people.

The owners of Pick ‘n Save in Shawano announced Thursday they are closing the grocery store, a move that will displace about 65 employees and leave many shoppers disappointed.

“It’s just a sad day,” shopper John Gishkowsky said in the parking lot after learning from employees that the store was closing after 27 years in operation.

Scheduled to occur no later than June 23, the closure will create a major vacancy in the Shawano Plaza shopping center, 128 Woodlawn Drive, which lost both Kmart and JC Penney in recent years.

The move comes 18 months after Pick ‘n Save’s parent company, Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc., was acquired by the Kroger Co., based in Cincinnati.

In a statement released Thursday after rumors of the store closing had surfaced, Roundy’s announced that the Shawano store and another store in Milwaukee were shutting down, leaving a combined 152 employees without jobs.

Fri
19
May

Severe weather causes some property damage


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski A tree at the intersection of Cecil and Cedar streets in Bonduel was one of many trees throughout the county damaged as a results of a storm system that swept through the area late Wednesday. Dozens of trees and some homes were damaged across the area, according to Shawano County officials.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The fence around Bonduel High School’s football field was damaged by Wednesday night’s storm. Students in the Bonduel School District got the day off from school after power was lost there.

A cluster of homes in the town of Wescott sustained the heaviest damage in Shawano County from storms that swept through the area overnight Wednesday.

Shawano County Emergency Management Director Natalie Easterday said seven homes on North Shore Drive sustained heavy damage and the homeowners were working with their insurance companies on the matter.

Easterday said, however, there were dozens of reports of tree branches in roadways, and in some cases trees down entirely throughout the county.

She said the National Weather Service was assessing the damage for purposes of determining how strong winds were Wednesday night and whether there were tornado-level gusts. No tornadoes were reported and information was not yet available Thursday afternoon on how strong the winds were.

There were also reports of widespread power outages, including an outage that forced the cancellation of classes in the Bonduel School District on Thursday.

Fri
19
May

High schools set graduation ceremonies

High school graduation season is nearly here, with Shawano Community High School students and many others scheduled to collect their diplomas on May 26.

Here is a list of graduation events throughout the area:

MAY 26

Menominee Indian High School: 5:30 p.m., Woodland Bowl, Fairgrounds Road, Keshena. Valedictorian: Mary Jane James. Salutatorians: Santana Caldwell, Monae Waukau.

Shawano Community High School: 6 p.m. May 26, high school, 220 County Road B. Valedictorians: Julia Haarth, Alec Wendland, Patrick Brodhagen, Alexis Wilber.

Bowler High School: 7 p.m., high school, 500 S. Almon St. Valedictorian: Brooke Breitrick. Salutatorian: Jacob Strassburg.

Gresham High School: 7 p.m., high school, 501 Schabow St. Valedictorians: Kayli Posselt, Sydney Jensen. Salutatorian: Alyssa Roe.

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