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Smalley Park gets second chance at grant

Smalley Park will be receiving a $218,000 grant, Shawano Park and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks announced at a Park and Recreation Commission meeting Wednesday.

Hendricks said the city had originally learned that it had come within 1/10 of a point of receiving the grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, but had been denied. He said one of the agencies that had been awarded the grant was unable to fulfill the requirements, and the grant money became available for Smalley Park projects.

“Some components like the canoe/kayak launch and fire pit are back on the table for discussion,” Hendricks said.

Hendricks shared the news to commission members as they reviewed current progress in city park progress. Hendricks noted that although work has begun at Smalley Park, recent rains have delayed some of the excavation work. Work is now being done in the area where the Ski Sharks, a Shawano water ski troupe, perform, he said.

Thu
30
May

Plan commission OKs Stubborn Brothers Brewery mural


Contributed photo A mural on the side of the Stubborn Brothers Brewery, now under construction in downtown Shawano, was approved by the Shawano Plan Commission on Wednesday.

A mural is not necessarily a sign.

That distinction, made at the Shawano Plan Commission on Wednesday, will allow the Stubborn Brothers to proceed with a mural on the side of its new brewhouse and restaurant at 220 S. Main St., Shawano. Final approval by the Shawano Common Council is required.

The plan commission recommended approval of a mural on the south face of the brewery’s two story building. The design includes both the letters “SBB” and the words “Stubborn Brothers Brewery.”

Aaron Gellings, a co-owner of the brewery, said that the mural would be painted directly on the building with the intent of having it fade, creating a “historical” feel to the building and the display.

City administrator Eddie Sheppard noted that if it were a sign, it would not meet the current city sign code, but murals are not addressed in that ordinance.

Wed
29
May

Problems at Pond Park are accelerating

A group of area residents complaining about noise and foul language at the Pond Park basketball court brought their concerns to the Wittenberg Village Board meeting May 20.

Randy and Jackie Berndt, who two weeks ago asked the village to investigate forming its own police department, attended the meeting with a half dozen of their neighbors.

Randy Berndt complained that youngsters are playing basketball long after the court’s closing time, playing loud music and using obscene language. The basketball court closes at 9 p.m., curfew is at 10 p.m., and the park closes at 11 p.m.

The number of children causing the trouble varies, but there have been as many as 16 there at night, according to Berndt. He noted that it’s mostly fourth- through seventh-graders.

“I’ve been there seven years and it has escalated, ” Berndt said.

Wed
29
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 28

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — A 14-year-old Shawano girl was arrested for battery and resisting arrest after a disturbance at Franklin and Second streets.

Auto Theft — A vehicle was reported stolen in the 200 block of East Maurer Street.

OAR — A 55-year-old Suring man was cited for operating after revocation and arrested for outstanding warrants at County Road B and Prospect Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 28

Deputies logged 37 incidents, including the following:

Disturbance — Deputies assisted Shawano police with a disturbance at Franklin and Second streets.

Threatening — Authorities investigated a threatening complaints at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, 400 W. Grand Ave. in Wittenberg, and on Church Street in Tigerton.

Burglary — A burglary was reported on Hofa Park Drive in the town of Maple Grove.

Wed
29
May

County, internet provider address broadband concerns

Shawano County officials held a meeting with Bertram Communications on Tuesday to address concerns raised at a County Board meeting last week about unresolved details in the company’s plans to bring broadband service to rural areas of the county.

Emergency Management Director James Davel told the County Board he had concerns about Bertram’s proposed use of the county’s communications towers in Gresham and Leopolis.

Those concerns were raised a month after Bertram’s business development director, Mark Dodge, appeared before the County Board and said those services would be ready to go in two weeks.

“We’ve relayed to (Dodge) throughout the process that if your communication equipment hinders 911, it’s a no-go from the start,” Davel said.

The Gresham communications tower is the county’s main tower for 911 service, Davel said.

Davel said there were also concerns that Bertram’s equipment could exceed load limits at the site.

Wed
29
May

3 arrested in fatal explosion in Marion

Three people have been arrested for negligent homicide after an explosive device in Marion killed a 44-year-old Illinois resident Sunday.

Waupaca County authorities were called to a report of an explosion at E6300 County Road S in Marion just before 9 p.m.

The caller reported that a piece of metal struck the Illinois resident, who was later pronounced dead at the scene by the medical examiner.

According to the sheriff’s department, individuals ignited a homemade explosive device that did not ignite properly. The metal tubing failed, causing the metal to explode and shrapnel hit the victim.

The sheriff’s department would not clarify exactly what kind of explosive device was involved and said no further information would be provided Tuesday afternoon.

Wed
29
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 27

Police logged 12 incidents, including the following:

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized at Lieg Avenue and Evergreen Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St.

Accident — Police responded to a property damage accident in the 200 block of South Washington Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 27

Deputies logged 41 incidents, including the following:

Theft — Tools were reported stolen on Hunting Road in the town of Grant.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized on Edwards Street in the town of Herman.

Burglary — A burglary was reported on Hillview Road in the town of Herman.

Drug Offense — Authorities investigated a drug complaint at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg, N7198 Highway 45 in the town of Wittenberg.

Wed
29
May

First State Bank to acquire Pioneer Bank

First State Bancshares, Inc., parent company of First State Bank, has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with Pioneer Bancorp, Inc., parent company of Pioneer Bank which has seven offices in North Central Wisconsin: Auburndale (main office), Greenwood, Marshfield, Rozellville, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, and Withee.

Pending regulatory approval and Pioneer Bancorp, Inc. shareholder approval, the purchase is expected to close early this fall. First State Bancshares, Inc. will acquire 100% of the outstanding common stock of Pioneer Bancorp, Inc. Pioneer Bank’s seven offices will subsequently merge with First State Bank in early 2020 and operate under the First State Bank name.

First State Bank has offices in Cecil, New London, Clintonville, Manawa, Waupaca, and Rudolph with total assets of $300 million. Pioneer Bank’s total assets are $160 million.

Wed
29
May

USDA raises limits on farm loans

Higher limits are available for borrowers interested in USDA’s farm loans, which help agricultural producers purchase farms or cover operating expenses.

The 2018 Farm Bill increased the amount that producers can borrow through direct and guaranteed loans available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency and made changes to other loans, such as microloans and emergency loans.

“As natural disasters, trade disruptions and persistent pressure on commodity prices continue to impact agricultural operations, farm loans become increasingly important to farmers and ranchers,” said Richard Fordyce, Farm Service Agency administrator. “The 2018 Farm Bill provides increased loan limits and more flexibility to farm loans, which gives producers more access to credit when they need it most.”

Tue
28
May

Bonduel principal wishes grads well


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Bonduel High School students line up as they wait to receive their diplomas at the BHS graduation exercises at the high school gym on Friday.

Five minutes.

Bonduel High School Principal Tim Mayer had exactly five minutes to deliver the commencement address to the 61 BHS graduates and their families in the BHS gym on Friday.

Everyone in the audience knew how much time he had, because he mentioned it several times as he went over his limit, several times. However, between the six-foot photo of his high school mullet, funny stories about the graduates, and a touching story of his own trials as a high school student, no one in attendance seemed to mind.

Mayer, who was celebrating 30 years as an educator, was trying to drive home a point about “being yourself” when he unveiled a very large photograph of himself as a high school senior. Point made.

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