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Fri
23
Sep

Bike, walk or run to see quilts


Leader File Photo Riders participating in this year’s Bike the Barn Quilts will see anywhere from three to 30 quilts, depending on which ride they choose. This is the fourth year that Shawano Pathways has organized the event.

Started in 2013, Bike the Barn Quilts quickly became a popular annual event. On Saturday, Shawano Pathways is adding a few things to keep the excitement going.

A 5K and 10K walk/run will be an option for those who opt not to ride bikes. Also, a dozen mini-quilts created by local artists will be part of several routes and are available for sale at an auction later in the day.

The bicycle rides vary in distance, with one quick ride at 5 miles and the longest topping out at 70 miles. All funds generated go to support the SAM 25 homeless shelter, the Shawano Boys and Girls Club, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The Shawano Leader spoke with Greg Sturm, president of Shawano Pathways, about this year’s event and what to expect.

Q The 5K and 10K are new to the Bike the Barn Quilts event. What prompted adding this event?

Fri
23
Sep

Shawano police offering Active Threat Training

Shawano police are offering “active threat training” for local businesses interested in taking part.

Police Chief Mark Kohl said local law enforcement agencies and officers are frequently asked to provide guidance to their communities about what civilians should do if faced with an active shooter threat.

The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events course, designed and built on the “avoid, deny, defend” strategy, provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.

“Active shooter events are often thought of as school based, Kohl said. “In fact, schools represent only 25 percent of active shooter events. Just over 50 percent of active shooter events occur in commerce locations – retail, shopping malls, manufacturing facilities, offices or other locations used for business purposes.”

The presentation takes approximately two hours but can be condensed depending on time requirements.

Fri
23
Sep

Stockbridge-Munsee send firewood to pipeline protesters

At the personal request of Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault, the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe, in cooperation with the National Indian Gaming Association and Menominee Tribal Enterprises, donated a semi-truck load of firewood to the North Dakota tribe in support of its fight to halt the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Standing Rock Sioux, along with thousands of protesters from tribes across the nation, are engulfed in a battle to halt construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline over concerns it will destroy sacred tribal lands and contaminate drinking water.

Firewood is not readily available or accessible on the reservation in North Dakota.

The firewood was harvested from trees grown in the Menominee Indian Nation Forest, harvested by Menominee Tribal Enterprises, donated by three Native American organizations and transported by Lee Miller, a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe.

Fri
23
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 21

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Arrest — A 43-year-old man was taken into custody on a probation hold at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Reckless Driving — Police responded to a reckless driving complaint at Lincoln and Elizabeth streets.

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem in the 400 block of South Weed Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Sept. 21

Deputies logged 38 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 19-year-old mn was cited for operating after revocation and speeding on state Highway 156 in the town of Navarino.

Trespass — Authorities responded to a trespassing complaint on Derby Lane in the town of Washington.

Warrant — A 28-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman were taken into custody on warrants on River Heights in Shawano.

Thu
22
Sep

Former teacher who stole computers avoids jail time

A former Menominee Indian School District teacher who stole 26 computers from the district was placed on three years of supervised release Tuesday by a federal judge who also ordered her to serve 60 days home confinement and make $4,000 restitution.

Leona M. Dixon, 33, of Keshena, taught special education for three years until she was fired in 2015 after being indicted for theft, said Wendell Waukau, MISD superintendent.

The 23 iPad tablets and three Chromebook laptops Dixon took between the fall of 2014 and January 2015 were valued at approximately $8,600. Many were recovered, which lowered the amount of restitution Dixon owes.

Dixon pawned some of the computers at Shawano Gun and Loan and began using unsuspecting friends to pawn more computers for her in an effort to avoid detection, according to court documents.

Thu
22
Sep

Medical center marks 1-year anniversary

It’s been a year since ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano opened its doors to the public, replacing the 80-year-old Shawano Medical Center, and hospital officials on the first anniversary are touting the benefits the new facility has provided for the community.

“Throughout the three years of planning and construction, we all trusted that we were part of something historically significant for Shawano,” said Dorothy Erdmann, CEO of ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano. “Our decision to build new has reaped rewards in ways we are still discovering.”

According to ThedaCare officials, the new medical center is drawing additional doctors in spite of a competitive environment.

Thu
22
Sep

Petitions circulating for school district reapportionment

The Shawano School Board approved a plan this week to realign board member boundaries to improve representation in the school district’s far western region, but it will still need voter approval before it becomes final.

The district plans to call a special annual meeting on Oct. 24 to get residents’ consent on creating an at-large board seat, which would allow anyone within the Shawano School District boundaries to be elected or appointed to the seat. The time and location of the meeting will be determined at a later date.

The district is circulating petitions, which require at least 100 signatures, to call for the special annual meeting.

The board’s vote follows the recommendation of an ad hoc group that recommended a strategy to account for an inability to attract candidates from the town of Herman. Jay Jones, who represented the town of Herman, opted not to seek re-election this year, and no one else chose to run.

Thu
22
Sep

Menominee continue fight against Back Forty Mine

The state of Michigan recently issued a draft mine permit for a gold and zinc mine bordering Wisconsin known as the Back Forty mine. As the project nears regulatory approval, some Menominee tribal members in Wisconsin are calling on tribal leaders in Michigan and Wisconsin to stand with them in opposition to the project.

Aquila Resources Inc. has proposed investing $261 million to build open-pit and underground mines for the gold- and zinc-rich deposit near the Menominee River. The mine is expected to have a 16-year life and create more than 250 jobs.

Guy Reiter, a Menominee tribal member and community organizer, fears the mine will threaten the Menominee River, which is central to the tribe’s creation story.

“It’s no different than if an open-pit sulfide mine was put in Bethlehem for the Christians,” Reiter said.

Thu
22
Sep

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Sept. 20

Police logged 26 incidents, including the following:

Arrest — A woman was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Hit and Run — Police investigated a property damage hit-and-run in the 100 block of South Washington Street.

Theft — Lebakken’s Rent-to-Own, 1200 E. Green Bay St., reported furniture had not been returned.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 200 block of South Andrews Street.

Clintonville Police Department

Sept. 20

Police logged 11 incidents, including the following:

Theft — A subject was arrested for retail theft on South Main Street.

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported at Clintonville Middle School, 255 N. Main St.

Harassment — A warning was issued for harassment on North Main Street.

Wed
21
Sep

District adding 3 administrative positions

Shawano elementary school principals will get some help keeping order in their schools, and all employees in the Shawano School District will have one go-to person for human resource concerns.

The Shawano School Board voted unanimously Monday to create a human resources director position for the district and two dean of students positions to handle disciplinary matters at Hillcrest Primary School and Olga Brener Intermediate School.

No cost estimates for the new positions were available Monday.

The new positions were recommended by Springsted Inc., which recently completed a $20,000 study on the district’s administrative structure.

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