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13
Dec

City supports constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United

The city of Shawano Wednesday bypassed the idea of going to a referendum and instead unanimously approved a resolution adding the city’s name to a growing number of communities around Wisconsin and across the country that have urged a constitutional amendment specifying that political spending by organizations is not protected as free speech.

The proposed amendment seeks to roll back the influence of Citizens United and other Supreme Court decisions that have given constitutional rights to corporations, unions, nonprofits and political action committees.

It would specify that the rights protected in the U.S. Constitution are those of individual human beings only, that spending of money is not speech, and political spending can be limited to allow all Americans to participate in the democratic process.

Thu
13
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 11

Police logged 25 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Green Bay Street and Eberlein Park Drive.

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

Warrant — A 24-year-old woman was taken into custody in the 100 block of South Lafayette Street.

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 700 block of West Richmond Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 11

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — A suspicious incident was reported on Oak Avenue in the town of Richmond.

Drug Offense — Charges of possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and felony bail jumping were referred against a 26-year-old Shawano man on state highway 29 in the town of Morris.

Wed
12
Dec

Outdated technology causing safety, security issues at county jail

The Shawano County Jail has experienced three dozen failures in its outdated technology system this year, including one incident that allowed several inmates to get out of their cells unnoticed and wander into an unsupervised commons area.

In a presentation to the county’s finance committee Tuesday, jail and sheriff’s department officials said a total failure of the system could mean shutting the facility down and renting space for the inmates in other counties.

The finance committee voted to recommend to the County Board that $3.5 million be borrowed to upgrade the jail’s technology and its door-locking and monitoring systems.

“Over the years, nothing has been upgraded there,” Jail Administrator Greg Trinko said.

The jail was built in 1994. Except for an update to a Windows 2000 computer program, there have been no technology updates in 20 years.

Wed
12
Dec

Dispatch upgrade to cost $1 million

Shawano County wants to move ahead with an upgrade to its dispatch system that will make it compatible with the upcoming move to the Next Generation 911 emergency system.

The county’s finance committee Tuesday recommended to the County Board borrowing $1 million for the project.

The current dispatch system utilizes a phone system that will not support Next Generation 911, Communication Supervisor Bill McGlin told the committee. Additionally, manufacturers supporting Shawano County are dropping support of the county’s existing obsolete dispatching equipment and firmware, he said.

The current dispatch system uses a conventional radio system that is not able to be upgraded, and manufacturers are also dropping support of the county’s obsolete radio equipment, according to McGlin.

Wed
12
Dec

Authorities warn of thin ice on some parts of Shawano Lake


Contributed photo A flyover of Shawano Lake by the sheriff’s department this week shows areas of thin ice and open water. Authorities are warning winter enthusiasts to take caution before venturing out onto the ice.

Despite the recent cold temperatures, Shawano County authorities warned Tuesday that there are still some areas on Shawano Lake that remain dangerous.

Large areas of open water and/or dangerously thin ice have been reported early this week on the south shore of Shawano Lake between the island and the historical marker on state Highway 22, running between the island and the point off Bischoff Bay Lane, and a large area northeast of the Wolf River Channel.

“These areas of Shawano Lake are reported to be hazardous,” the sheriff’s department said in a news release.

Capt. Tom Tuma said he was shocked to see so much open water still visible on the lake.

“We have a huge portion of the lake that’s open,” he said.

Also, authorities said, thin ice can be anticipated in any area that is known to be spring fed or where there is moving water.

Wed
12
Dec

Kids From Wisconsin announces statewide auditions

Kids from Wisconsin is seeking students ages 15-20 for its 2019 season.

The performing arts ensemble offers a professional summer experience of performing live to more than 120,000 people, while touring and providing workshops across the state.

Singers/dancers and instrumentalists can apply online at www.kidsfromwisconsin.org. Auditions are slated for Feb. 15 in Eau Claire, Feb. 22 in Platteville and Feb. 23-24 in Milwaukee.

All applicants will receive professional feedback at their auditions. The 36 chosen performers receive room and board, along with a weekly stipend.

Seventy percent of Kids From Wisconsin alumni go on to a professional performing arts field.

“I wouldn’t be the performer I am today without the experience I received as a showman with the Kids From Wisconsin from 1977 to 1980,” said Dave Bilger, principal trumpet at the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yamaha Performing Artist.

Sat
08
Dec

Bonduel budget approved

Taxes in the village of Bonduel will see an increase next year, but not as high as it might have been, thanks to some offsetting savings from school and technical school assessments, according to Village Board member Barb Wickman.

The total tax levy for 2019 will be $591,015, an increase of 8.05 percent over the 2018 budget. The board also approved a Tax Incremental Financing levyof $308,088. With TIF financing, the village uses a formula to use tax money to create or improve infrastructure in the TIF area.

The total village budget for 2019 is $881,051. The budget and tax levy was approved Dec. 5 at the regular village board meeting.

Of that, $142,500 will be used for general govertment; $279,534 will be used for public safety; $217,190 for public works; $178,163 for culture and recreation and $63,664 for conservation and development.

The tax rate will go from $7.39 to $8.12 per $1,000 of property valuation, an increase of 73 cents over last year.

Sat
08
Dec

Family and friends remember Al Tauchen

Family members and friends this week mourned the passing of Alan Tauchen, who was the impetus for the Tauchen Harmony Valley farm in the town of Hartland.

Tauchen was also a past chairman of the town of Hartland and been serving as a supervisor.

But it was the farm that motivated him ever since graduating from Bonduel High School in 1976.

“That was his passion and his biggest love,” said his brother, Gary Tauchen.

The Tauchens had a small hobby farm a half mile south of Shawano Lake in the early 1970s.

With no opportunity to expand that 100-acre property, they bought the farm that’s now well known to the community as Tauchen Harmony Valley.

“Alan and my folks are really responsible for this farm being here,” Gary said. “And all the challenges and opportunities it’s brought our family.”

Alan Tauchen served as town chairman in Hartland for 10 years.

Sat
08
Dec

E-cigs to be added to juvenile ordinance

Shawano County is looking at adding electronic cigarettes to its ordinance prohibiting possession of tobacco for minors.

The ordinance banning possession of cigarettes and tobacco products by minors hasn’t been updated in 25 years.

Since then, the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, has become an issue.

Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber said the amendment to the ordinance is just an update to the old language to keep up with new technology.

The amendment intended to address “the new nicotine-containing delivery devices now available to minors,” will go before the County Board on Dec. 19.

The ordinance states that law enforcement may seize materials violating the ordinance and levy a fine of $150.

Sat
08
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 6

Police logged 18 incidents, including:

Theft — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported two gaming machines broken into.

Truancy — Shawano School District reported two truancy complaints.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Washington and Presbyterian streets.

Shoplifting — Charlie’s County Market, 521 S. Main St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Disorderly — A 13-year-old Shawano girl was referred for disorderly conduct in the 500 block of North Lafayette Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Dec. 6

Deputies logged 39 incidents, including:

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