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Fri
04
May

Sturgeon start arriving in Shawano


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Visitors to Sturgeon Park keep an eye out for sturgeon in the Wolf River on Thursday afternoon. Sightings were slim, but DNR officials expect more spawning at the dam today.

Mother Nature might have slowed things up a bit with a late winter snowstorm, but the annual sturgeon spawning ritual is underway in Shawano, albeit a couple of weeks later than usual.

The related ritual of onlookers gathering at the Shawano Dam at Sturgeon Park to get a glimpse of the fish is also increasing, according to Park and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks.

There were around 30 people earlier in the week, but that has been growing daily. There are generally “a couple hundred” by the time spawning season reaches its peak, Henricks said.

That’s expected to happen this weekend, according to the DNR, but some of the fish could already be spotted locally on the special underwater sturgeon camera set up by the DNR and available at the city of Shawano’s website at http://www.cityofshawano.com/412/Sturgeon-Cam.

Fri
04
May

Menominee returning sturgeon to Keshena Falls

As the sturgeon begin reaching the Shawano dam for their annual spawning ritual, the Menominee Tribe is continuing efforts to return the fish to their natural spawning site at Keshena Falls.

That spawning run had gone on for thousands of years, according to the tribe, until the Shawano Dam and Balsam Row Dams prevented the sturgeon from migrating further north over the last century.

Since 1993, the tribe has been working with the Wisconsin DNR, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services on the Menominee Lake Sturgeon Management Plan to restore lake sturgeon to their original natural range up above the Shawano dams and on the Menominee reservation.

The DNR has been working with Menominee Tribe on releasing sturgeon below Keshena Falls.

Fri
04
May

Keshena man indicted in fatal reservation crash

A Keshena man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in a fatal crash on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

Saswaen Waukechon, 38, is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge in the death of a passenger in his vehicle that crashed in January in the Legend Lake area. Authorities allege Waukechon was driving while intoxicated.

The indictment returned by the grand jury earlier this week carries a maximum 8-year prison sentence upon conviction.

The FBI was among agencies investigating the case.

Fri
04
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 2

Police logged 13 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Shawano County Social Services, 607 E. Elizabeth St.

Theft — Garbage bins were reported stolen in the 1000 block of South Weed Street.

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

Drug Offense — Police investigated a drug complaint in the 800 block of West Picnic Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 2

Deputies logged 31 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 23-year-old Gillett woman was arrested for operating while intoxicated on Lake Drive in the town of Wescott.

Disorderly — A 66-year-old Keshena woman was cited for disorderly conduct at the North Star Casino, N12180 County Road A in the town of Bartelme.

Thu
03
May

Shawano celebrates belated Arbor Day


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Fourth-graders from Olga Brener Intermediate School, St. James Lutheran School and Sacred Heart Catholic School assist in planting a crab apple tree at the new Co-op Park during an Arbor Day ceremony Wednesday.

Leader photo by Tim Ryan Shawano Mayor Ed Whealon joins fourth-graders from Olga Brener Intermediate School, St. James Lutheran School and Sacred Heart Catholic School displaying Tree City USA and Tree Line USA flags awarded to the city and Shawano Municipal Utilities at an Arbor Day ceremony Wednesday. Rob Koepp, electrical supervisor and engineer for SMU, is also in the background.

A heavy spring snowstorm pushed the date off for a week, but the city of Shawano finally had a chance Wednesday to celebrate a belated Arbor Day.

The event at the new Co-op Park, 1000 E. Maurer St., was highlighted by the presentation of three awards.

The city picked up its 24th annual Tree City USA award, recognizing Shawano’s commitment to actively manage its urban forest, and its eighth growth award, acknowledging environmental improvement and higher levels of tree management.

“It’s what makes Shawano a great place to live,” said Scott Lyons, regional forester coordinator with the Department of Natural Resources.

Lyons also presented the Tree Line USA award to Shawano Municipal Utilities, the 15th time the utility has picked up that honor.

The award recognizes quality tree care, community tree planting and community education.

Thu
03
May

Commission considering allowing dogs in some parks

Shawano’s canine residents might finally get a chance to enjoy visiting at least some of the city’s parks, albeit with restrictions, under a policy being considered by the Shawano Park and Recreation Commission.

What began as a potential policy change to allow dogs to scare away nuisance geese at Smalley Park and Huckleberry Harbor quickly became a broader discussion of allowing them at other parks more associated with walking than sporting events or playground activities.

The commission at a meeting Wednesday ultimately decided on a six-month test allowing dogs to be walked on a leash at Kuckuk and Smalley parks and Huckleberry Harbor.

The proposed policy still needs to come back to the commission for final approval next month, so for the time being dogs are still not allowed.

The commission debated a number of options within the proposed policy aimed at dealing with the Canada goose problem that initiated the discussion.

Thu
03
May

Snowstorm work costly for Clintonville

Clintonville Public Works Director Kray Brown said he pulled out all his resources to fight the surprise snowfall in April.

It was to be a costly expense as well. The cost for the storm cleanup from April 13-20 was $142,523.43.

Snowfall amounts ranged from 33-35 inches of snow, causing major delays, store closings and cancellations. Due to the nature and time of the year, it was not only the amount of snow but the issue of the water content, according to Brown.

It was a heavy snow and caused major issues in clearing the roadways, he said. Other factors were winds causing drifts in excess in some areas of 6-12 feet in height.

On April 13, all television forecasts were predicting 1-3 inches of snow overnight. There was nothing major in preparing for this snowfall, according to Brown. Due to the potential storm conditions, discussions took place in the city on Friday to have a snow emergency in place from Saturday at 6 p.m. to Monday at 8 a.m.

Thu
03
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 1

Police logged 41 incidents, including the following:

Shoplifting — Walgreens, 401 E. Green Bay St., reported a shoplifting incident.

Disturbance — A 45-year-old Shawano man was arrested for disorderly conduct, battery and felony child abuse after a domestic disturbance in the 400 block of West Division Street.

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

Disturbance — A 36-year-old Shawano man was arrested for bail jumping, throwing or discharging bodily fluids at public safety workers, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct after a disturbance at ThedaCare Medical Center, 100 County Road B.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of East Center Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 1

Deputies logged 47 incidents, including the following:

Wed
02
May

Restrooms, parking discussed in review

A few new wrinkles came up Tuesday in what was expected to be a final review of a proposed master plan for downtown Shawano, necessitating at least one more meeting for the steering committee tasked with crafting the plan.

The committee, made up of members of the Shawano Redevelopment Authority, is looking at creating a new vision, marketing plan and implementation strategy for Shawano’s downtown based largely on community feedback.

Some of that feedback, gleaned from an open house meeting last month, identified concerns not fully addressed in the previous draft of the plan.

Some community members felt the downtown currently lacks two items that will be in great demand when downtown Shawano becomes the bustling, event-filled destination spot that many people envision — public restrooms and parking space.

Wed
02
May

Cecil man charged with child sex assault, felony drug charge

A Cecil man is facing felony charges of child sexual assault and child enticement, along with a felony drug charge.

William A. Carstens, 61, is accused of having sexual contact with an 11-year-old girl and enticing the girl with the intent to have sexual contact, according to the criminal complaint.

The incident allegedly occurred on April 18 in Cecil.

Shawano County sheriff’s deputies on April 21 executed a search warrant of Carstens’ residence, during which they allegedly found numerous baggies of marijuana in his basement.

In total, according to the criminal complaint, officers located 28 baggies of suspected marijuana, totaling 585.5 grams, or about 1.29 lbs. Also located was a metal box containing a scale commonly used to measure marijuana, the complaint states.

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