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Sat
10
Nov

Flowers N Things is now Holland Tulip


Photo by Grace Kirchner Emily Grosskreutz had her dream come true when she purchased the former Flowers and Things.

Emily Grosskreutz, a certified florist, has purchased the former Flowers and Things at 29 S. Main St. in Clintonville and renamed the business “Holland Tulip.”

Named after Grosskreutz’s favorite flower, Holland Tulip opened in September.

Grosskreutz plans to have tulips on hand at all times. For now, she can get them from California, but March through May, the tulips will come directly from Holland.

Opening her own retail floral business has been a lifelong dream for Grosskreutz, who worked as a manager for 12 years at Creative Converting.

Grosskreutz plans to bring her own touch to the store. There will always be Christmas items and holiday decorations. She plans to expand the selection of jewelry to include work from local artists. She stocks Old Glory candies from Shawano.

Fri
09
Nov

Shawano property tax rates to increase

Shawano taxpayers will see a higher tax rate in 2019 than previously projected, due in part to weaker than expected manufacturing assessments and increases in the school district’s and county’s budgets, according to city officials.

The total tax rate, when all taxing entities — school district, county, state and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College — are included is now projected to be $24.57 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, or $2,457 for a $100,000 home.

That’s an increase of about 89 cents per $1,000 over this year’s total tax rate, or an additional $89 on a $100,000 home.

A few weeks ago, the city was projecting a total tax rate increase of 58 cents per $1,000, or $58 on a $100,000 home.

The city’s share of the tax bill will increase by about 28 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, from $9.89 per $1,000 to $10.17 per $1,000.

That means a roughly $28 increase on a $100,000 home.

Fri
09
Nov

Menominee Transit to be new operator of City Cab

Menominee Transit will run Shawano’s City Cab service starting in January under a five-year agreement approved Thursday by the Shawano Common Council.

The city is required to request proposals to provide shared-ride taxi services every five years and awarded the contract this time around to the Menominee Department of Transit Services of Keshena.

Tim Reed, director of the Menominee Department of Transit Services, said operations will be run out of the Keshena office, which will handle dispatching and vehicle maintenance, but there will be a staging area set up in Shawano so vehicles won’t have to come from Keshena to pick up riders.

Reed said the location for the staging area hasn’t been determined yet.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity,” Reed said. “It’s going to be neat to be able to work with the city and their residents and coordinate the ridership we have with Keshena as well and connect all of our services.”

Fri
09
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Nov. 7

Police logged 20 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 31-year-old Wabeno woman was arrested for obstructing an officer, bail jumping and cited for operating after revocation in the 200 block of South Main Street.

Disorderly — Police responded to a disorderly conduct complaint in the 1100 block of Waukechon Street.

Disturbance — Police responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of South Sawyer Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Nov. 7

Deputies logged 45 incidents, including the following:

Suspicious — Authorities responded to suspicious incident complaints on Main Street in Birnamwood, Golfview Road in Cecil and Maple Road in the town of Herman.

Accidents — Authorities logged 11 deer-related crashes, along with two reports of injured deer alongside the road.

Clintonville Police Department

Nov. 7

Fri
09
Nov

Charter school gets 5-year renewal

LEADS Charter School will continue to operate at Hillcrest Primary School for another five years after the Shawano School Board voted Monday to renew its contract.

The five years was what the school had originally sought, but Gary Cumberland, Shawano School District superintendent, recommended that the board only renew the contract for two years, as it had done in 2016.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s two years, but I recommended two years to see where some of our funding ends up after two years,” Cumberland said. “There might have to be some alterations made to our plans.”

That idea did not sit well with some of the board members.

Board member Alysia Pillsbury felt two years was not adequate time for LEADS to plan for the long term, as it would mean school officials would have to return to the board in 2020 and request the same thing all over again.

Fri
09
Nov

Food pantries receive United Coop donation

Nine area food pantries are among the 45 organizations receiving a share of $45,000 from Beaver Dam-based United Cooperative and matching funds from Land O’Lakes Foundation, CHS Foundation and CoBank.

Receiving a share of the donation are:

• Cecil — St. Martin Parish Food Pantry

• Gillett — St. John’s Lutheran Church

• Lena — St. Anne Parish

• Manawa — Manawa Area Food Pantry

• Oconto Falls — Kingdom Come Food Pantry

• Pulaski — Community Pantry of Pulaski Inc.

• Shawano — Shawano Area Food Pantry and Resource Center

• Shiocton — Loaves and Fishes Community Food Pantry

• Tilleda — United Lutheran Parish Food Pantry

“While our cooperatives are dedicated to the food industry through the growing, handling and marketing of grain and feeding of animals, food is not necessarily an abundant resource for families in need,” said David Cramer, United Cooperative president and CEO.

Fri
09
Nov

Ballot audit checks out


Leader photo by Carol Ryczek Board of Canvass member Lorraine Zehren, left, records numbers as Shawano County Clerk Pam Schmidt reads a ballot during a voluntary post-election audit Thursday. Also participating in the audit are Betty Lohrengel, behind Zehren, and Deputy County Clerk Laure Pecore, right.

The numbers checked out.

The Shawano County Clerk and members of the Shawano County Board of Canvass participated in a voluntary post-election audit Thursday at the Shawano County Courthouse.

The voluntary audit helps assure that both voting machine and paper ballots are counted correctly, County Clerk Pam Schmidt explained.

The audit is part of a statewide optional audit in response to public demand to confirm that votes have been accurately recorded, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission. The process is in addition to the mandatory voting equipment audit that is required after each general election.

Schmidt, working with members of the county’s canvass board randomly selected Mattoon and the office of state attorney general to count. They checked both paper and electronic ballots.

The audit showed that the votes were correctly counted.

Thu
08
Nov

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

Oct. 6

Police logged 22 incidents, including the following:

Arrest — A 29-year-old man was arrested for a probation violation at the New Era House, 105 E. Richmond St.

Theft — A 45-caliber handgun was reported stolen from a vehicle on Cherry Court.

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

Theft — A weed eater was reported stolen in the 800 block of South Kadletz Street.

Shoplifting — Walmart, 1244 E. Green Bay St., reported a female shoplifter in custody.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

Oct. 6

Deputies logged 44 incidents, including the following:

Shoplifting — Cedar Street Market, 234 Cedar St. in Tigerton, reported a shoplifting incident.

Disorderly — Disorderly conduct was reported on Frailing Road in the town of Wescott.

Thu
08
Nov

Clintonville to honor veterans Sunday

Clintonville Mayor Richard Beggs urges all citizens to join in honoring veterans Sunday at the Veterans Memorial, located on Memorial Circle, at 11 a.m. The annual observance will include patriotic music, a firing squad and taps.

It was on Nov. 11, 1918, that an armistice became effective, firing ceased and World War I ended. One hundred years have flown by since that significant event.

The guest speaker at Sunday’s ceremony will be James Vissers, a Navy veteran who has been a member of the American Legion for more than 40 years, serving in various officer positions. Vissers was born in Appleton and grew up in Little Chute. He retired from the Appleton Coated Co. in Combined Locks after working there for 37 years, retiring as assistant superintendent of the plant. He was a member of the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Institute and chairman of the Packaging Committee.

Thu
08
Nov

MISD to pay for licensing subs

Menominee Indian School District has announced a recruiting effort for substitute teachers.

“Like many districts throughout the state, we can always use the services of additional substitute teachers,” explained MISD Superintendent Wendell Waukau. “And, with the current labor shortage, we decided to be proactive in our recruitment efforts.”

As part of the initiative, the District will pay for training and the cost of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction substitute teacher licensing.

“We want to make it easy for people interested in substitute teaching to get the training and licensing they need,” Waukau said. “Teaching is a very rewarding career, but not everyone wants to work full time. For those interested in teaching on a part-time basis, substitute teaching could be a great fit for them.”

Requirements include:

• Possessing an associate or bachelor’s degree.

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