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Jun

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.

Thu
23
Jun

Police searching for Clintonville teen

The Clintonville Police Department is still searching for a Clintonville teen reported missing Wednesday.

The Police Department issued a statement at 4 p.m. Thursday saying it has had no contact with Austin Arnold, 16, who was last seen by his parents about noon Tuesday and was reported missing about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Officers conducted searches of areas where his cellphone last pinged but could not locate him. Working with the state Department of Criminal Investigations, officers have examined social media accounts, email accounts and cellphone activity with no results.

The statement said Arnold might have a firearm.

Police and the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department conducted foot searches with a K-9 unit of a number of areas Thursday, but turned up nothing.

Police Chief James Beggs asked area residents to check garages and other structures for any evidence of Arnold and to contact the department if they find anything.

Thu
23
Jun

CMN prepares search for new president

Verna Fowler, the College of Menominee Nation’s founding president, will retire at the end of the month.

The college’s board of trustees has unanimously chosen Diana Morris to serve as interim president, effective July 1, as a special committee conducts the search for Fowler’s permanent replacement.

Fowler, who was hired by the Menominee Tribal Legislature in fall 1992, opened the college in spring 1993. She has piloted the tribal college to standing as an accredited baccalaureate institution with a regional economic impact exceeding $37 million.

Virginia Nuske, chairwoman of the college’s board of trustees, said the board has known about Fowler’s intention to leave for several months and has begun transition planning.

Thu
23
Jun

Redevelopment notification letter sparks concerns

Maybe they should have added a postscript. “PS: Don’t panic.”

A letter sent to Shawano property owners informing them their properties are located in a proposed redevelopment district intended to address blight has raised some alarms, with some owners worried that the city plans on seizing their properties.

Officials say the concern is unwarranted, and is being set off by language in the letter that the city was statutorily required to include.

The Shawano Redevelopment Authority recently recommended a proposed redevelopment district that still needs to be approved by the plan commission and Common Council.

A public hearing on the proposed district and redevelopment project plan was set for July 14.

The city was required to notify property owners that they are within the district, and, according to City Administrator Brian Knapp, was also required to let the owners know that the city could invoke eminent domain laws if necessary.

Thu
23
Jun

TO MARKET, TO MARKET


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Yvonne Van Lanen, left, displays samples at her Y Salsa booth as Sharon Doro looks them over Saturday at the opening day of the Shawano Farmers Market. The market continues weekly through Oct. 8.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Customers walk along the market route Saturday in search of fresh produce and other items grown by local farmers.

The Shawano Farmers Market was back in business Saturday as almost 30 vendors and hundreds of potential customers took over the front of Franklin Park.

The weather was sunny and warm, which was just fine with Nathan Falk, the market’s coordinator.

“No rain. We like that,” Falk said. “We’re going to be averaging around 30 vendors. Some of the vendors don’t have their vegetables in just yet. We’ve grown in the last couple of years.”

While some of the vendors are brand new, others are veterans of the market. Lesley Nemetz, who was offering maple syrup to customers, is in her second year of selling goods at the market, but she is keeping her appeal fresh by offering a new product — maple-flavored root beer.

She said working at the farmers market has been fun.

“It’s been a good learning experience,” she said.

Nemetz has been harvesting maple syrup in Belle Plaine for five years. She said this year was a good one, harvesting 90 gallons.

Thu
23
Jun

County emergency department splits from sheriff

Shawano County’s emergency management operation will break away from the sheriff’s department effective Jan. 1.

Despite reservations about the cost and questions about the structure, the Shawano County Board voted, 21-4, Wednesday to approve a reorganization designed to make emergency management its own department.

Representatives of both emergency management and the sheriff’s department administration urged County Board members to approve the change.

“This is a good fit,” emergency management director Natalie Easterday said. “It’s a really good move forward for the county.”

Those opposing the change tried unsuccessfully to postpone action until after a county consultant reports on whether current salary structures for county employees would warrant a pay raise for Easterday, who now earns about $54,000 a year.

Thu
23
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

June 21

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

Noise — Police responded to a noise complaint at the Lincoln Apartments, 237 S. Sawyer St.

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

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 1100 block of Birch Hill Lane.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 500 block of West Third Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

June 21

Deputies logged 34 incidents, including the following:

Threatening — Authorities investigated a threatening complaint on Red River Road in the town of Herman.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Fourth Street in Mattoon.

Wed
22
Jun

Packers cheer on Red River Riders


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Cara Becker, of Milwaukee, wearing her Robert Brooks jersey, meets Brooks, a member of the 1996-1997 Super Bowl champion team, during the Green Bay Packers Tailgate tour’s surprise visit to the Red River Rivers facility.

Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Wrapping up five days on the road, the 2016 Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour bus travels through Shawano County on its way to the final event Tuesday at the Crawford Center in Shawano.

The Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour made a surprise stop Tuesday afternoon at the Red River Riders, crashing in on a riding class of five students.

Jared Abbrederis, Jayrone Elliott and Sam Barrington were among the group that surprised guests at the Red River Riders, standing along the railing to cheer on and wave at the riders who circled the arena as part of the class.

President and CEO Mark Murphy and various Packers alumni, including LeRoy Butler, Robert Brooks and Sean Jones, also were on hand to mingle with the families and clients outside of the arena.

“I think the added bonus of having the Packers here with them and getting to meet them and having them interact with our clients and our riders is going to be great,” Red River Riders treasurer Carrie Barribeau said.

Red River Riders is a nonprofit group that provides therapeutic horseback riding to address physical and emotional needs of disabled people.

Wed
22
Jun

Former tribal chairwoman remembered

The Menominee Indian Tribe is mourning longtime tribal leader, educator and advocate Lisa Waukau.

Waukau, a schoolteacher who taught Menominee history and who served four terms as the tribe’s chairwoman, died Saturday at her home in Keshena. She was 71.

Menominee leaders ordered flags at all tribal facilities to be flown at half-staff for 10 days in her memory and honor.

“The Menominee Nation has lost an extraordinary leader,” Tribal Chairwoman Joan Delabreau said in a prepared statement.

Officials said Waukau, who had been battling cancer, was determined to complete her final term as a member of the Menominee Tribal Legislature. With term limits ending her time in office, she attended her final meeting of the governing body on Feb. 4.

She died Saturday at home surrounded by family members.

Wed
22
Jun

Upgrades set for school courtyard

The courtyard at Shawano Community Middle School will get its makeover after all.

The Shawano School Board has agreed to spend $50,000 in an effort to transform the courtyard area into a functional space for outdoor learning and enjoying.

“It’ll just come to life,” said Jeremy Gretzinger, a landscaping contractor awarded the job of renovating the courtyard.

The project was previously included in a list of improvements planned as part of a comprehensive middle school renovation, which was approved by school district voters in a referendum in November.

But with cost estimates for the courtyard improvement running as high as $500,000 at the time, it was trimmed from a package ultimately reduced to about $10 million.

School district administrators have since identified surplus district funds to move forward with a scaled-back courtyard effort.

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