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Wed
05
Dec

Grinched


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Dan Hanauer stands at the location where 75-100 Fraser fir trees were reported stolen. Trees are collected for shipment at this time of year, with most of the trees distributed just before Thanksgiving, Hanauer said.

An unknown individual or group displayed some distinctly Grinch-like behavior this weekend when stealing 75-100 Fraser fir trees from a local tree grower.

Dan Hanauer, of Hanauer’s Tree Farms in the town of Richmond, said the theft apparently occured late Sunday or early Monday.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident.

“They used a truck or trailer. You could clearly see the tracks in the snow, and you could see which piles they took them off,” Hanauer said.

The theft occured at the tree farm operational center, W7677 Christmas Tree Lane, Shawano.

With so many trees stolen, Hanauer suspects that they were intended for resale. Fraser firs are especially prized because they retain their needles longer than many other species, he said. They also have tough branches which hold ornaments well.

Wed
05
Dec

Shawano County supervisor arrested for 1st offense OWI

A Shawano County supervisor was arrested Thursday for operating while intoxicated and also cited for refusing to allow a blood draw to be taken to gauge his alcohol level, according to an incident report from the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

District 9 Supervisor Kenneth E. Capelle, 78, who represents the village of Cecil and Ward 1 of the town of Washington, was pulled over shortly after 6:30 p.m. Thursday after a sheriff’s deputy spotted his vehicle going through a stop sign at Freeborn Street and Warrington Avenue in Cecil, according to the deputy’s report.

The report states Capelle’s eyes were red and he slurred his speech. There was a smell of intoxicants coming from his vehicle, according to the report.

The report also states Capelle failed a roadside sobriety test and a preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 percent, almost twice the legal limit.

Wed
05
Dec

4 injured in a car-bus crash


CONTRIBUTED PHOTO This Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District bus ended up in the ditch near the intersection of Church and Sugar Bush roads near Birnamwood after a car failed to stop at a stop sign Monday morning. Four people were injured, including both drivers.

Four people were injured Monday when a car crashed into a Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District bus transporting 22 students to school.

The accident occurred about 7:25 a.m. at the intersection of Church and Sugar Bush roads near Birnamwood after the driver of the car, a student at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, failed to stop for a stop sign, according to the report filed by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The bus driven by Karen Frederick was eastbound on Church Road when struck by the 2001 Pontiac Grand Am traveling southbound on Sugar Bush Road. The car struck the bus near the front left quarter panel and pushed it into the ditch. The car ended up in the ditch on the opposite side of Church Road.

Birnamwood Fire and Rescue, Birnamwood EMS, Dan Weisensel, the school district’s liaison officer with the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department, and the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to the crash.

Wed
05
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Dec. 3

Police logged 19 incidents, including the following:

Trespass — Police responded to a trespassing complaint in the 300 block of Lakeland Road.

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of Richmond Court.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 500 block of Prospect Circle.

Fraud — A Publisher’s Clearinghouse scam was reported in the 900 block of South Washington Street.

Dec. 2

Police logged 16 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 700 block of South Lincoln Street.

Warrant — A 40-year-old man was arrested on a warrant in the 100 block of South Sawyer Street.

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

Dec. 1

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Sat
01
Dec

OLD STYLE


Leader photo by Greg Mellis Ben Thomas sits in his hand carved canoe in the Radco Warehouse where he is the Maintenance Manager. Thomas styles himself as person who is attracted to “primitive ways of survival.” he is using primitive technics and tools in carving his canoe.

Ben Thomas, Shawano, is transforming a large Aspen tree into a dugout canoe.

He is using hand tools (for everything except felling the tree) in a process that has taken months of preparation and countless hours of work. That is exactly what he had hoped would happen.

“I’ve loved doing every bit of it,” Thomas said.

Thomas is interested in primitive construction techniques. Building a dugout canoe is “something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little kid,” he said. He said he enjoys not only the work but the sense of history that comes from working with “primitive” tools.

The tree he is using, Aspen (also called Popple), is not necessarily the best tree for a canoe, he said. It is not the most waterproof, though if it is stored out of the water it will resist rotting.

Sat
01
Dec

No, it really, really is a real revaluation!

It has become standard practice in this day and age to be skeptical of things like strange phone calls and unsolicited offers in the mail, and much of that skepticism is warranted.

Law enforcement and consumer protection advocates are constantly warning to be on guard against hoaxes and scams that often target the elderly and have conned many people out of thousands of dollars.

So it was perhaps not surprising over the past week when a number of Shawano property owners were suspicious about a letter they got in the mail from an Appleton appraisal company stating they were working for the city of Shawano and wanted to come over to their house and have a look around.

But in this case, what might have struck some as an unusually formal way for would-be burglars to scope out their intended targets was actually a legitimate notice of a citywide residential property reassessment.

Sat
01
Dec

COMMON ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

Q: Some of my neighbors have told me the only reason for the reassessment is to raise taxes. Is this true?

A: No. a reassessment has no impact on the total amount of taxes collected. However, it may change your property’s percentage share of total taxes collected to increase, decrease or, have a minimal effect.

Q: Why do you need to inspect the interior of my home?

A: There is no question that an inspection is an inconvenience. For that, we apologize. However, building size, age, features, quality, and condition, along with many other factors affect the market value of your property. The only way to ensure a Fair Market Value is to collect current exterior and interior data for each property. We are not concerned with your housekeeping nor personal belongings. This information will not be recorded and kept confidential.

Q: How does the assessor value property?

Sat
01
Dec

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 29

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident at Lincoln Street and Lieg Avenue.

Theft — Police responded to a theft complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

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

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 29

Authorities logged 35 incidents, including the following:

Fire — Authorities responded to a house fire on Main Street in Bowler.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Ho Chunk Road in the town of Wittenberg and a domestic disturbance on Oak Street in Bowler.

Theft — A break-in to a vehicle was reported on McDonald Road in the town of Navarino.

OWI — A 77-year-old Cecil man was arrested for operating while intoxicated on Highway 22 in Cecil.

Sat
01
Dec

Clintonville recommends study of swim pond

The City of Clintonville will study the option of a swim pond.

Upon recommendation of Park and Recreation Director Justin McAuly, the members of the Park and Recreation Committee voted Wednesday to ask the finance committee to approve spending $4,150 to generate a basic concept plan for a swim pond. The money would come from current funds that are in a pool fund.

“Once we get a green light for funding, we will be able to generate a much more detailed plan that could be presented for community interest,” McAuly said.

Of that amount, $3,400 will go to Commercial Recreation Specialists and $750 to Wisconsin Lake & Pond Resource LLC.

Voting yes were Steve Kettenhoven, Chuck Manske, Carol Metzger and Jim Supanich. Don Jirschele was absent.

Sat
01
Dec

DNR to conduct public informational hearing for the Upper Fox and Wolf Basin TMDL study to improve water quality

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources began accepting comments on the Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) for total phosphorus and total suspended solids in the Upper Fox and Wolf Basins on Nov. 30. A public informational hearing is scheduled on Dec. 12 in Oshkosh. DNR will accept comments through Jan. 18, 2019.

The TMDL study area spans Wisconsin’s east central corridor from the headwaters in Forest County and the city of Portage to Lake Winnebago, covering 5,900 square miles, approximately 10 percent of the state.

“We will outline the changes that were made based upon comments received during the earlier listening sessions and informal comment period,” said Keith Marquardt, a DNR water resources specialist who is managing the project. “In addition to those changes, we also added material to aid in implementation efforts.”

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