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02
Jun

SAWM hopeful water level issues can be resolved Wednesday

Officials at Shawano Area Waterways Management (SAWM) are optimistic that a meeting with the Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday can quickly resolve the issue of dangerously low water levels on the Wolf River and channel after a letter from the DNR seemed to support restoring previous higher water levels at the Shawano dam.

According to SAWM, water levels are 5-6 inches below normal due to restrictions currently being placed on the Shawano dam by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Some estimates place it at closer to 8-10 inches.

The DNR stated in its letter that it sees no impediments to restoring water levels at the dam to the historic levels at which the dam has been operating for more than 30 years, provided other entities, including the city of Shawano, village of Cecil and Shawano County are also on board.

Though FERC will make the ultimate decision, the DNR’s recommendation plays in an important role in what FERC decides.

Sat
02
Jun

Gresham teacher honored by JA


Contributed Photo Ben Smith, a second-grade teacher at Gresham Community School, receives the Junior Achievement Teacher of the Year award from Kris Bahr during a ceremony on May 24.

Junior Achievement, Wolf River District presented its Teacher of the Year award to Gresham School second grade teacher Ben Smith on May 24.

The presentation was arranged by Gresham School District Superintendent Newell Haffner and Junior Achievement District Director Sandy Ebbinger to take place during a school assembly. JA board member Kris Bahr presented the award to Smith.

Nomination comments supporting Smith’s selection as teacher of the year included, “After visiting the class, I was just in awe of how great he was with his students. The way he tended to each of his students’ individual needs with a strong, yet gentle, demeanor was inspiring. To see a young teacher take such pride in his job and students made me so happy. “

Sat
02
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 31

Police logged 24 incidents, including the following:

Arrest — A 55-year-old woman was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 300 block of West Fourth Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the Shawano County Humane Society, 1290 Jaycee Court.

Arrest — A 27-year-old woman was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — A 27-year-old Neopit man was arrested for disorderly conduct and domestic violence after a domestic disturbance at Schurz and Union streets.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 31

Deputies logged 44 incidents, including the following:

OWL — An 18-year-old male was cited for operating without a license on state Highway 29 in the town of Hartland.

Sat
02
Jun

FSA seeks county committee nominations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is hoping America’s farmers and ranchers will nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local county committee. USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept nominations for county committee members beginning June 15.

Producers across the country are already serving on committees where they play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA, making important decisions on programs dealing with disaster and conservation, emergencies, commodity price loan support, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

Fri
01
Jun

Meeting set next week to discuss water levels at Shawano dam


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Boating on the Shawano channel, Todd Senzig, a veteran of navigating the Shawano waterways lost the bottom of his boat gear. Senzig estimates his speed was near 40 miles an hour when the damage occurred in shallow waters. Losing control of his boat, Senzig feels lucky to have avoided injury or contact with other boaters.

With the health and safety crisis of low water levels on Shawano waterways entering its second month, a meeting has finally been scheduled for next week to discuss water level management at the Shawano dam, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Officials at Shawano Area Waterways Management say water levels are 5-6 inches below normal due to restrictions currently being placed on the Shawano dam by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Those levels might actually be an underestimate.

“We continue to get complaints that it’s still going down,” said SAWM board member Jeff Puissant.

“It’s closer to 8-10 inches,” said Bob Bloomer, owner of All-Seasons Repair in Shawano, which has handled a number of repairs to boats damaged since the water levels started dropping.

“We’ve had multiple propellers damaged, deck boats that wiped out their outdrives,” he said. “One boat ran into a sandbar on the channel and when into a side-spin.”

Fri
01
Jun

2 principals hired for Clintonville schools

Clintonville School District Superintendent Dr. David Dyb introduced two new principals to the school board Tuesday.

Kelly Zeinert was hired as principal of Clintonville High School, replacing Lance Bagstad, who has taken a position with the Arcadia School District.

Thomas Burkhalter was hired as the new principal at Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School to replace Tami Bagstad, who resigned to accept a position with the Mondovi School District.

Zeinert, her husband, Bill, and their children live in Clintonville. She has been principal for Shiocton High School since 2006.

Zeinert received her Bachelor of Arts from Carroll University in 1991, majoring in broad field social studies and psychology with a minor in secondary education. She earned her Master of Arts in educational leadership from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Fri
01
Jun

BUILDING A BETTER TRAP


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Brock Bogacz, left, one of the architects behind a new bear trap for the DNR, uses a pulley to lift the door so the demonstration “bear,” junior Sam Brodhagen, can be released. The DNR has not had any new traps built in over 30 years, with wildlife biologist James Robaidek noting that some of the existing traps still say “Wisconsin Conservation Department.”

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Pulaski High School students Chasten Fatla, left, and Brock Bogacz prepare their bear trap for a demonstration behind the school. The students spent six months developing the trap for the DNR.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources needed a new bear trap, something that could be transported around whenever someone in northeast Wisconsin called to complain about a furry visitor in a human-populated area.

The DNR turned to Pulaski High School to get that trap. The students who crafted the trap, sophomore Brock Bogacz and junior Chasten Fatla, presented the finished product Thursday to James Robaidek, a wildlife biologist out of the DNR’s Shawano office.

The trap is the first one that the DNR has had built in over 30 years, Robaidek said, and all the ones the DNR has are deployed all around the state. The DNR needed something that could be taken to locations where a bear has moved in and is not inclined to leave for one reason or another.

Fri
01
Jun

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 30

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Assist Fire — A carbon monoxide detector was reported going off in the 800 block of South Prospect Street.

Fraud — Police investigated a telephone scam complaint in the 1200 block of East Ridlington Avenue.

Harassment — Police responded to a harassment complaint in the 200 block of West Fourth Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

May 30

Deputies logged 42 incidents, including the following:

Intoxication — Authorities responded to an intoxicated person complaint on Peach Road in the town of Richmond.

Restraining Violation — Authorities responded to a restraining order violation on Cattau Beach Drive in the town of Wescott.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Main Street in Bowler.

Disturbance — Authorities responded to a disturbance on Cecil Street in Bonduel.

Fri
01
Jun

Summer meals program offered to Shawano children

Stressing the importance of good nutrition, the Shawano School District announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program. Free breakfast and lunch will be served to qualifying children during the district’s summer school session.

The Summer Food Service Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, provides nutritious meals to children during the summer, when free and reduced-price school meals are unavailable. Free meals will be made available to eligible children 18 years of age and under. Persons older than 18 years of age who are determined to be mentally or physically disabled and who also participate in a public or private nonprofit school program during the regular school year may receive free meals as well.

Thu
31
May

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

May 29

Officers responded to 28 calls, including the following:

Animal — Officers responded to an animal noise complaint in the 200 block of West Lieg Avenue

Warrant — Officers arrested a 31-year-old Shawano man on a warrant in the 100 block of South Union Street.

911 Call — Officers dealt with someone in the 500 block of East Randall Street who called 911 but didn’t have an emergency.

Property Damage — Officers responded an incident about a damaged car at County Road B and South Evergreen Street.

Abandoned Vehicle — Officers responded to an abandoned vehicle complaint at Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., Shawano.

Disturbance — Officers responded to a disturbance complaint on Richmond Court.

Arrest — Officers responded to Probation and Parole, 1340 E. Green Bay St., to arrest a 24-year-old man for a probation violation.

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