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Sat
14
Apr

USDA reopens enrollment for MPP-Dairy program

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is encouraging dairy producers to consider enrolling in the new and improved Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy), which will provide better protections for dairy producers from shifting milk and feed prices.

With changes authorized under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has set the enrollment period to run from Monday through June 1.

“We recognize the financial hardships many of our nation’s dairy producers are experiencing right now,” Purdue said.

“Folks are losing their contracts and they are getting anxious about getting their bills paid while they watch their milk check come in lower and lower each month. The Bipartisan Budget Act provided some much-needed incentives for dairy producers to make cost-effective decisions to strengthen their farms, mitigate risk, and conserve their natural resources.

Fri
13
Apr

Cronce draws praise at last council meeting


Leader photo by Tim Ryan Shawano Mayor Jeanne Cronce is flanked by City Administrator Brian Knapp, left, and City Attorney Tim Schmid at Cronce’s last Common Council meeting as mayor Wednesday. Cronce served for two years before losing re-election this month. Schmid chose not to run for re-election but will be present for one more meeting before he retires following more than 30 years.

Shawano Mayor Jeanne Cronce was treated to words of praise and a round of applause from city officials and staff Wednesday as she presided over her last Common Council meeting.

Her successor, former police chief Ed Whealon, will be sworn in as mayor at a reorganizational meeting Tuesday after defeating Cronce in the April 4 election by a vote of 734 to 700.

Cronce has served two years as mayor.

Alderwoman Lisa Hoffman started the tribute ball rolling during the public recognition portion of the meeting.

“I wanted to thank you for going above and beyond in your duties to the city and what was required in dedicating your time and efforts to serving our community,” she told Cronce.

Fri
13
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 11

Police logged 28 incidents, including the following:

Threatening — Police responded to a threatening complaint via Facebook at SAM’s House, 213 E. Green Bay St.

Arrest — A male subject was taken into custody at the probation and parole offices, 1340 E. Green Bay St.

Vandalism — A vehicle was reported vandalized in the 800 block of East Richmond Street.

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

Juvenile — Police responded to a juvenile problem at the Shawano County Library, 128 S. Sawyer St.

Theft — A property theft was reported in the 900 block of South Weed Street.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 11

Deputies logged 41 incidents, including the following:

Fraud — Authorities investigated an identity theft complaint on Willow Creek Road in the town of Herman.

Fri
13
Apr

Panel seeks to lower some city permit fees

The Shawano Finance Committee held a freewheeling and often philosophical discussion Thursday on city fees for permits, licenses and other items, finding several that could be lowered, but also concluding that some educational effort needs to be made for the public to understand why those fees exist.

Alderwoman Lisa Hoffman said she brought the issue forward for discussion after the city’s fees became an issue being debated on Facebook several months ago.

The social media discussion apparently was kicked off by questions over the city’s permit fee for a water heater.

“So I was just curious, what are our permit fees for things like that?” she said.

Alderwoman Rhonda Strebel said the question also came up as to whether the city was overcharging people in comparison with other communities.

“We’ve heard that from people in the community,” she said. “So we said, ‘When’s the last time we looked at it?’”

Fri
13
Apr

Local CoVantage gets Diamond Award

CoVantage Credit Union was recently honored with a nationally acclaimed Diamond Award.

The award was presented to CoVantage by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing and Business Development Council, a national network comprised of over 1,300 credit union professionals. Awards are given in each of 35 categories ranging from advertising to community events and beyond. CoVantage won in the Financial Literacy category for its entry, FITMoney.

One of the components of CoVantage Credit Union’s mission is promoting financial wellness by regularly working with schools and communities in which members live. CoVantage has taken their mission a step further by introducing FITMoney, a financial literacy training series designed to teach basic financial concepts in a small or large group format.

Thu
12
Apr

Council settles on next goose steps

The Shawano Common Council adopted a non-lethal management plan Wednesday to deal with a growing population of Canada geese at Smalley Park and Huckleberry Harbor.

City officials voted unanimously to accept the Shawano Park and Recreation Commission’s recommendation last week to use harassment and other measures to drive the geese away, dropping plans for rounding up and euthanizing the birds and oiling their eggs to keep them from hatching.

The commission went with the non-lethal plan after hearing from dozens of people who objected to the euthanization at a public hearing.

Some of those same citizens were at Wednesday’s council meeting.

Jeff O’Brien thanked the commission for listening to the voice of the people and he offered the assistance of sportsmen in dealing with the geese problem and other natural resource issues that could come before the city.

Thu
12
Apr

Teen admits to Sturgeon Park school threat

A Shawano County teen has admitted responsibility for a message stamped into the snow at Sturgeon Park threatening to shoot up a school, according to the Shawano Police Department.

Police were called to the area of Sturgeon Park on April 4 for an anonymous report of a non-specific threat to schools. Arriving officers located a message stamped in the snow which spelled out “I go shoot up school.”

Police have not said where in Shawano County the 14-year-old is from or whether he is a Shawano School District student. They are also not disclosing how he was identified as a suspect.

Police said the act appears to have been a joke and they believe there was no intent to harm anyone.

Police Chief Dan Mauel said the department is still determining what charges would be referred. Because the teen is a juvenile, all referrals will first go to the Shawano County Department of Human Services.

Thu
12
Apr

Public input sought on Clintonville road reconstruction

A public involvement meeting for a proposed County Road I reconstruction project will be held Monday from 5-7 p.m. at the Community Center, 30 S. Main St., Clintonville.

The objective of the meeting, which will include an open house and short presentation at 5:15 p.m., is to familiarize area residents with the purpose and the need for the project and to gather input on the proposed improvements. Exhibits and maps will be available for review, and project representatives will address citizens’ questions or concerns.

The project will reconstruct County Road I from the east side of U.S. Highway 45 to the east side of the Kluth Road intersection, which will impact residents of Clintonville, and the towns of Matteson and Larrabee. The proposed improvements would reconstruct the roadway to current highway standards, including 12-foot travel lanes and 6-foot-wide shoulders, three feet of which is paved.

Thu
12
Apr

New law allows tribal ID for voting, other purposes

Gov. Scott Walker last week signed a new law co-authored by state Rep. Jeffrey Mursau that allows the use of tribal identification cards for a variety of purposes.

Mursau, R-Crivitz, and state Sen. Jerry Petrowski, R-Marathon, shepherded the bill through the Legislature in response to discussions by the Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations, which Mursau chairs.

Senate Bill 488 allows the use of tribal identification cards for picking up prescription medications, purchasing alcohol, purchasing cigarettes or tobacco products, selling scrap, selling antiques, and selling secondhand articles to a pawnbroker.

Thu
12
Apr

Public Record

Shawano Police Department

April 10

Police logged 17 incidents, including the following:

Disorderly — Police responded to an intoxicated person complaint at the VFW Clubhouse, 202 W. Lieg St.

Disturbance — A 20-year-old Shawano man and an 18-year-old Shawano woman were arrested for disorderly conduct, child neglect and child abuse after police responded to a disturbance in the 1300 block of East Lieg Avenue.

Shawano County Sheriff’s Department

April 10

Deputies logged 38 incidents, including the following:

OAR — A 46-year-old Keshena man was cited for operating after revocation on County Road HH in the town of Washington.

Warrant — A 38-year-old Bowler woman was taken into custody on a warrant and cited for operating after suspension on Locust Road in the town of Richmond.

Harassment — Harassment was reported on Main Street in Gresham.

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