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Fri
02
Mar

New Ho-Chunk hotel open for business

The new 86-room hotel at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg opened Feb. 12.

The five-floor hotel includes 77 standard rooms and nine executive-style bay suites. Each room features amenities such as a high-definition, flat-screen TV, coffee/tea maker, refrigerator, microwave, safe and free high-speed internet access.

Room rates range from $100 to $150 per night.

The hotel’s conference room is available for business meetings, luncheons and celebrations.

The hotel is part of a $33 million expansion that includes a 24,884-square-foot gaming floor, equipped with a wide variety of slot machines, electronic table games and video poker, restaurant and bars.

The Rivers Edge Restaurant is open from 5-10 p.m. daily. The Forest Edge Snack Bar is open from 9:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Cocktails and top-shelf beverages are available beginning at 11 a.m. daily at the new full-service Village Bar.

Fri
02
Mar

Tractor Supply donates pet food to humane society

The Tractor Supply Co. store in Shawano is donating 68 bags of pet food to feed dogs and cats in need of adoption, the local outlet of the retail chain announced Tuesday.

Jeff Olson, manager of the Shawano Tractor Supply store, said that, more often than not, animal shelters and rescues depend greatly on food donations to support the pets they take in that await adoption.

“Our goal at Tractor Supply is to do our part in helping adoption efforts in our community because we know that pets are more than just dogs and cats, they are family,” he said.

Tractor Supply presented the pet food donation to the Shawano County Humane Society and Oconto Area Humane Society.

In addition to the pet food donation, the Shawano Tractor Supply hosts pet adoption events throughout the year.

Fri
02
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 28

Police logged 30 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 47-year-old woman was taken into custody on a warrant in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported egged in the 100 block of River Heights. Vandalism was also reported in the 200 block of Mills Street.

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

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

Accident — Police responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident at Green Bay and Waukechon streets. No injuries were reported, but the road was temporarily blocked as the crash scene was cleared.

Theft — Police responded to a property theft complaint in the 1200 block of Ridlington Avenue.

OWI — A 64-year-old man was arrested for operating while intoxicated at County Road B and Evergreen Street.

Thu
01
Mar

City wastewater exceeded Wolf Treatment Plant chemical limits in January

Wastewater flowing from the city of Shawano to the Wolf Treatment Plant in Wescott twice violated chemical discharge limits in January, according to a letter from the plant to the Shawano Department of Public Works.

Plant Administrator Jerry Weisnicht sent an official Notice of Violation last month to Public Works Coordinator Eddie Sheppard citing two occasions when the city’s effluent was above pH levels allowed by the treatment plant.

“These discharges can seriously damage the operations of the treatment process,” Weisnicht wrote.

Weisnicht noted that any discharge to the plant with a pH value above 9.0 is a violation.

According to the letter, there was a discharge from the city on January 4 with a pH value of 9.4, and another on Jan. 10 with a pH value of 9.02.

The values, which range from 1 to 14, measure the acidity of wastewater.

Thu
01
Mar

County searching for emergency management director

Shawano County is looking for a new emergency management director after the departure of Natalie Easterday last month.

Easterday, who started with the county in 2013, took a job with Wisconsin Emergency Management. Her last day in Shawano was Feb. 16.

The county is advertising to fill the vacancy, offering a salary range of $57,636 to $65,873.

In the meantime, the county’s emergency management office is being assisted by the state’s northeast regional director, according to County Administrative Coordinator Brent Miller.

“The state is assisting us,” he said.

The emergency management director is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive emergency management program, as well as overseeing mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities for emergencies resulting from natural and man-made disasters.

Thu
01
Mar

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 27

Police logged 18 incidents, including the following:

Warrant — A 29-year-old woman was arrested on a warrant in the 700 block of South Union Street.

Warrant — A 38-year-old man was taken into custody on a Langlade County warrant at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Disturbance — A 15-year-old male and a 17-year-old male, both from Shawano, were referred for disorderly conduct after police responded to a report of a fight in progress in the 200 block of South Andrews Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Feb. 27

Deputies logged 35 incidents, including the following:

OWI — A 36-year-old Shawano woman was arrested for operating while intoxicated on Augustine Street in the town of Maple Grove.

Juvenile — Authorities investigated a juvenile alcohol complaint at Bonduel Middle/High School, 400 W. Green Bay St., Bonduel.

Wed
28
Feb

Shawano parks get another financial boost

Shawano’s park improvements project has gotten another financial boost with a new donation to the cause, according to the Shawano Parks and Recreation Department.

The Harold E. Pevonka Trust announced it is contributing $25,000 to the Smalley Park phase of the project, which will occur in the summer of 2019.

“Yet another example of community members stepping forward to help make our community a wonderful place to live,” said Parks and Recreation Director Matt Hendricks in a Facebook post. “This project will include added beach amenities (showers), ADA compliant walkways and a beautiful park shelter for all to use.”

Voters last year approved $1.85 million in borrowing for development and improvements at three city parks, including a splash pad at Memorial Park and a complete build-out of Franklin Park.

Wed
28
Feb

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Feb. 26

Police logged 29 incidents, including the following:

Fire call — Police and firefighters responded to Kindred Hearts, 1377 S. Lincoln St., for a fire alarm. The building was evacuated, but no smoke or fire was found. A woman who slipped and fell on the ice during the evacuation was treated for a cut on her leg.

Vandalism — A truck was reported vandalized at United Cooperative, 660 E. Seward St.

Arrest — A 42-year-old Shawano man was arrested for a probation warrant and resisting arrest after fleeing on foot from officers in the 100 block of South Union St.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 900 block of South Maurer Street.

Disturbance — A 13-year-old Shawano girl was referred to juvenile court for disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and battery after a disturbance at Shawano Community Middle School, 1050 S. Union St.

Sat
24
Feb

Launching Pad changing hands next week


Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski The Launching Pad, on Airport Drive in Shawano, is under new ownership after Domenic and Sal Badalamenti and Chad Kary purchased the business from Wendy and John Gueths.

Wendy Gueths had worked at the Launching Pad in Shawano starting years before she and her husband John purchased the business nearly 14 years ago.

She was only 14 when she began as an employee 33 years ago. Her mother also worked there part-time.

Later, she met John, who had a carpentry business, and he also became an employee.

It was in a way an extended family business, owned by family friend Duane “Duke” Drews.

When Drews decided to sell, the Gueths saw an opportunity to take over and continue the business.

John ended his carpentry business and devoted himself full-time to the Launching Pad.

Wendy, who grew up on a farm, considered the Launching Pad “our own family farm.”

“We’ve been there our entire lives,” she said.

But the Gueths, with their children — a big part of the business — either at or headed off to college, have decided the time has come to let go of the Launching Pad, which will change hands again on Monday.

Sat
24
Feb

Trump proposal to arm teachers gets mixed local reaction


The Associated Press Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School bus driver Pearlie Corker, gets a hug at the school as some teachers return for the first time since the shooting Friday in Parkland, Florida. Corker arrived at the school as Nikolas Cruz began to shoot students and teachers on Feb. 14, she stayed on the bus in front of the school praying for the students and teachers.

Local reactions have been mixed to President Donald Trump’s proposal this week to train and arm teachers to respond to active shooter situations in the schools.

Some area school districts and local law enforcement officials hedged their responses, while several came out in opposition.

The president offered the suggestion Wednesday, a week after 17 people were fatally shot by a former student with an AR-15 assault rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Trump said a teacher adept at firearms “could very well end the attack very quickly.” He followed that up with a tweet Thursday that “highly trained teachers would act as a deterrent to the cowards that do this.”

Clintonville School District Superintendent David Dyb said he was more focused on state-funding for security guards and other more localized solutions than the federal government might offer.

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